Solar Installations

In general, a California HOA cannot prohibit the installation of solar panels and systems. Civil Code Section 714 is a component of the “California Solar Rights Act.” It limits the degree to which an association’s governing documents may prohibit or restrict the installation of solar energy systems in a member’s separate interest:

“Any covenant, restriction, or condition contained in any deed, contract, security instrument, or other instrument affecting the transfer or sale of, or any interest in, real property, and any provision of a governing document, as defined in Section 4150 or 6552, that effectively prohibits or restricts the installation or use of a solar energy system is void and unenforceable.” (Civ. Code § 714(a).)