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The Right to Solar

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Remember those neighbors in the Upper Haight who wanted a couple's solar panels down, or moved out of sight, because they were a hazard to "safety"? It's happening down in SoCal too, with homeowners associations denying people their "solar rights" — then themselves getting a little slap from the state's Solar Rights Act of 1978, which makes it illegal to keep people from installing the panels unless they really are a safety hazard. Now a similar bill's making its way through Congress. Says a solar installer: ""Some homeowners groups are just unaware (of the law). But they also like their control." [LA Times, previously]