CvilleREA, Sigora Solar, and Partners Deliver Win For Local Homeowners

**PRESS RELEASE** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2020 The Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance (CvilleREA) and Sigora Solar helped deliver a major win for homeowners in Powhatan in a long running battle with their neighborhood homeowners association. Sigora Solar began the installation of an 18kw system Monday that will reduce the Desmet family’s electricity bill by as much as 94% and save them over $55,000 over the next 25 years. Dina and Dave Desmet’s initial application to install solar panels on their home was denied as their homeowner’s association sought to change the neighborhood bylaws on solar in violation of Virginia law. Working together, Sigora Solar, Local Energy Alliance P

VA Local Energy Alliance Program: New Law Allows Homeowners In HOAs To Install Rooftop Solar

"An updated educational report prepared by Richmond energy law firm ReisingerGooch PLC and Charlottesville-based nonprofit the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), explains how a new Virginia law has significantly expanded the rights of homeowners who are a part of Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) to install and use solar energy. The report provides homeowners and HOAs with helpful guidance on Virginia’s solar laws as they evaluate new residential rooftop solar installations. During the 2020 General Assembly session, the legislature passed SB 504, which provides that HOAs may impose only so-called “reasonable restrictions” on the installation of rooftop solar. The legislation states that res

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