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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2019 11:54 AM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Removing Obstacles to Residential Rights to Solar Energy

I will soon re- introduce legislation preventing homeowners’ associations (HOA) from prohibiting the installation of solar panels and solar energy systems on freestanding homes within their communities (last session’s SB 1039). I am drafting this legislation after a family in my district was prevented from installing such a system under the rules of their HOA. Previous sponsors included Senators Yudichak, Rafferty, and Tartaglione.

Pennsylvania should be encouraging the use of solar power and green energy systems on residential homes as a way to derive clean pure energy from the sun. These systems are not only beneficial for the environment and combat greenhouse gas emission, but they also offer significant savings on individual energy bills and can reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuels.

Solar systems are silent, pollution-free, and have no impact on neighboring homes. As the cost of solar systems continues to decline (and the benefits increase), more and more Pennsylvanians will be interested in pursuing the use of solar power at home.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation and removing needless obstacles to residents’ rights to harness the power of solar energy at home.

Introduced as SB436