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Message started by oldbrew on Feb 26th, 2011 at 1:40pm

Title: Building permits?
Post by oldbrew on Feb 26th, 2011 at 1:40pm
I am wondering if anyone had problems with permits to put solar or wind things up, experiances & what is generally needed?

Title: Re: Building permits?
Post by electron on Feb 27th, 2011 at 3:59pm
In the USA  I'm pretty sure that permits are only needed if you are doing some heavy modifications to your house, like pouring a concrete patio.

I think solar panels are generally considered homeowner upgrades or add ons like if you added rolling shutters to your windows.

In a lot of States there are laws (codes) about what needs a permit, you might want to look them up just in case, or contact a local solar installer or store. Most of the time there's a big dollar limit you have to exceed in order for a permit to be needed.

If your electrical has to be inspected by the power company because you are going for what is called "net metering", where they install a separate meter to log your power production (usually for 1KW per hour or more production), you will want a licensed electrician to either inspect and certify what you did, or do it for you.

In my opinion, and for hobby type installations of a few hundred watts, I don't think anyone can tell you what to do on your own land. If you aren't hurting anyone, what's the problem?

A number of laws have been passed that prevent the government, including home owner associations from stopping you from installing renewable energy devices. I would look at your local laws online, probably listed under "renewable energy" or wind and solar if they are more specific.

You should be nice to your neighbors though, you don't want them sending their dog over to poop on your lawn!

Title: Re: Building permits?
Post by oldbrew on Mar 1st, 2011 at 11:52pm
ok im gonna put them up and watch what happens with neigbors witch is only problem in this world thanks

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