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  •  That always boggles my mind (14+ / 0-)

    I've heard of other home owners groups that have that and even worse policies, and it never makes sense to me.  Why do they have these soul crushing rules that seem only intended to enforce pointless visual conformity? Do people really want to live in a house that looks exactly like all their neighbors?  I visit my father-in-law and always have a hard time finding his house because all those damn condos look exactly the same.  They have rules about what you can plant and the color of your window treatments and absolutely everything that might add some personality to your home.  I could never live like that.

    Treasure each day like it will be your last, but treat the earth like you will live forever. -me

    by protothad on Sun May 29, 2011 at 07:36:23 PM PDT

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    •  Yea, it does seem odd. (10+ / 0-)

      Particularly as panels on the roof aren't particularly ugly.  I could understand windmills, to some extent, but solar panels on a roof are just so unintrusive.

      •  I personally find windmills beautiful (12+ / 0-)

        but I guess tastes vary.  When people object to wind turbines, I always think we should just paint them red, white, and blue and call them "freedom towers"... freeing us from that durn foreign oil!  You critics... you're just being unpatriotic!  >:)

        Treasure each day like it will be your last, but treat the earth like you will live forever. -me

        by protothad on Sun May 29, 2011 at 08:48:11 PM PDT

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      •  A few homes on my block (3+ / 0-)
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        have solar panels, but they are mostly on the back side of the roof, so you can't even see them from the street. Not that I would object to seeing them - I am very interested in solar myself, but we have giant old oak trees shading most of the roof, so it would take some creativity. No HOA here, luckily. It's older homes here, and many have standing-seam metal roofs, and you really have to strain to even notice the solar panels.

        •  shade on roof (0+ / 0-)

          Would it be worth it to cut down the tree?  Or trim one or two offending branches?  My roof is shaded by my neighbor's tree, but he wouldn't care if it was trimmed.  So what is the trade-off in carbon capture, shade on a hot day and making electricity from a solar panel?  Does anyone know how to figure this out?

          •  Talk to a panel company (0+ / 0-)

            Mine, Standard Solar, came out to do an inspection. I'd assume ones you contact would as well. They can determine if solar would be feasible if a few branches were cut, or if the tree had to come down.

            I don't know what formulas to determine the trade-off in the shade a tree provides over panel production. But I would advocate for keeping the tree in place. The shade produced in the summer is one factor. There is also the wind shielding it provides in the winter, but more important, the natural splendor it already provides.

            Solar panels rock, but a tree is a natural solar panel already.

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