Virginia energy advocates launch new rooftop solar legal initiative

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Published: Dec. 18, 2019 at 6:13 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Today a Virginia nonprofit group and a Virginia law firm announced a campaign to help homeowners in Virginia install rooftop solar.

Rooftop solar has the potential to provide homeowners lower power bills and increased home values.

The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and the law firm ReisingerGooch, PLC will provide free and confidential legal advice to eligible homeowners who want rooftop solar but are encountering resistance from homeowner associations.

Homeowner associations may impose reasonable restrictions on rooftop solar systems, but they cannot impose unreasonable restrictions or bar installations outright.

“Virginia’s law is crystal clear—homeowners have the right to install solar panels on their roofs,” said Matt Gooch, partner at ReisingerGooch. “Right now, too many HOAs are trying to restrict that right in ways that are unreasonable and cause financial harm to the homeowner. We’re happy to partner with LEAP to help homeowners assert their rights under the law and get their solar installed.”

The goal is to ensure all Virginia homeowners can install rooftop solar if they choose.

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