HOAs and solar

Installing home solar panels with an HOA

Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) exist to protect the property values of the homes within the association. To achieve this goal, HOAs sometimes restrict the renovations and alterations homeowners are “allowed” to do to their homes – including solar installations. As a homeowner, you may be ready to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy, but if you have an HOA for your property you’ll probably need to get their permission first. 

Fortunately, solar access is becoming increasingly protected by states and local governments across the country. In this article, we break down solar access rights, where those rights are protected, and how to work with your HOA to install solar panels on your property.

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How to pay for your EV

Shopping for an electric vehicle (EV) is similar to shopping for a conventional car in many ways. There are various options to pay for your EV and, like gas-powered vehicles, many pros and cons of leasing or buying a car remain true for EVs. However, there are a few additional factors to consider when purchasing an EV. In this article, we compare buying and leasing EVs, break down EV financing, and explain how incentive programs can factor into your savings. 

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Free solar panels: are they really free?

If you’ve been shopping around for a solar panel system, you’ve probably heard at least one company advertise ‘free solar panels,’ implying that they’ll install a solar energy system on your roof for free. But, much as with anything, remember that there’s no such thing as a free lunch – and there’s no such thing as free solar panels.

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What are off-peak electricity hours?

It’s becoming increasingly popular for utilities to offer time-of-use (TOU) plans to their residential customers. In a standard electricity plan, you pay the same rate for your electricity regardless of the time of day. However, with TOU plans, the rate you pay for electricity depends on the time energy is drawn from the grid. So, you’ll pay different amounts based on a schedule developed by your utility company of peak hours, off-peak hours, and in some cases, super off-peak or partial-peak hours. We discuss what this means for you and how it impacts your electric bill.

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Q&A with Sunwealth

Q&A with Sunwealth

It’s no surprise that we at EnergySage love solar – it helps you save on electric bills, while making our planet a cleaner and healthier place! But unfortunately, not everyone is able to take advantage of solar energy generated right at their home. Whether you’re a renter, are part of an HOA that doesn’t allow solar, or simply don’t have the best roof or sufficient funds for a home solar installation, there’s another solution for you: community solar. As a community solar subscriber, you’ll save annually on electricity, while supporting the development of clean energy in your area. 

Sunwealth is a company that develops community solar projects in low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities in Massachusetts, helping bring solar to those who otherwise might not be able to reap its benefits. We sat down with the Sunwealth team to learn more about their company, LMI community solar, and community solar in Massachusetts. 

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Why you can trust installers on EnergySage

As solar continues to become more affordable (and more accessible), an increasing number of homeowners are choosing to add solar panels to their roofs. Nowadays, going solar is not unlike many other home improvement projects like replacing your roof, renovating your kitchen, or building a deck. So, what’s the best way to find a company you can trust to install your solar panels? Use a solar installer who’s been pre-vetted by EnergySage!

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Sun Number

Sun Score: what you need to know about your property’s Sun Number

If you’ve shopped for solar before, you may have come across something known as “Sun Number” or sun score. Like EnergySage, Sun Number received funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative to innovate in the solar energy space. Read on to learn more about how a property’s Sun Number is calculated and what your sun score means for going solar.

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Solar trackers: everything you need to know

There are many unique ways to design and install a solar energy system for your property in order to power your home with solar power. If you’re considering a ground-mounted solar panel installation, you might be considering a solar tracking system so that your panels follow the sun across the sky. In this article, we’ll explain what a solar tracker is, the different types available, and how to decide if a tracking system is right for you.

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Solar shingles: what you need to know

You don’t have to install solar panels on your roof to go solar – solar shingles are an innovative solar technology that can also help you save on your energy bills just like traditional solar panels. In this article, we’ll review the key differences between solar shingles, also called solar roof tiles, and their solar panel counterparts, as well as weigh the pros and cons of a solar shingle installation.

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