This bill voids any and all homeowner association or other covenants or restrictions that prevent a private homeowner from placing solar panels on the roof of his or her home or on his property. The bill also states that it will be the policy of the State of Delaware to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging the development and use of renewable resources of energy and to remove obstacles thereto. Further, this bill awards the costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees to be homeowner in any litigation challenging the placement of solar panels on his or her property. But, this Bill does not render void and unenforceable reasonable restrictions on roof or ground mounted solar systems. For example, if your roof or property cannot handle the weight of a certain number of panels.
This is a great bill and all Democrats must vote for it.
SPONSORS: Williams, Bennett, Cloutier, Ennis, Keeley, Kowalko, Lynn, McDowell, Miro
YES VOTES: [HOUSE]: Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Gray, Heffernan, J. Johnson, K. Williams, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Potter, Schwartzkopf, Viola
NO VOTES: [HOUSE]: B.Short, Brady, Briggs King, Carson, Collins, D. Short, Dukes, Hensley, Hudson, Jaques, Kenton, Lynn, M. Smith, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Postles, Q. Johnson, Smyk, Spiegelman, Wilson, Yearick (Matthews was absent, Ramone did not vote).
HISTORY: Defeated 17-22-1-1.
STATUS: Bill is dead for now.