HOAs can be big buzzkills – full of nosy busybodies who bust chops for seemingly minor infractions like where to put trash for pickup or which shrubs to select. But when it comes to energy-efficiency features and renewable energy generation, HOAs can say how to install those things, but they can’t say “no”.
Here in Colorado, real estate law links fossil-fuel use to clean air, encouraging anything that reduces burning oil, gas and coal. (‘Remember Denver’s brown cloud?) If fossil-fuel-free features run afoul of HOA guidelines, those rules and regs no longer win out.
When it comes to renewable energy, the law is short and sweet[i], and it lumps using renewable energy right along with displaying the American flag and political…