New Illinois law makes it easier for HOA community members to install rooftop solar

Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation protecting Illinois’ right to clean energy and access to solar energy. A revision of the Homeowners Energy Policy Act, HB 644 will guarantee the right of homeowners to put solar energy on their homes without major redesign requirements, while improving the timeline for homeowners association (HOA) approval.

“HB 644 is an important bill that will eliminate red tape for families and businesses helping our state transition to a clean energy future,” said Rep. Dan Didech (D-Buffel Grove), the bill’s title sponsor. “The governor’s action this week brings us one step closer to a world where our state can take full advantage of the potential offered by solar energy technologies.”

This bill will allow greater deployment of custom generation, such as rooftop solar, by recognizing the right that all Illinois residents have to generate and store their own clean electricity. Rooftop solar allows people to generate their own power on their own property and store it in a battery for resilience, even in the event of a power outage.

“Renewable energy is the future,” said Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove), Senate Majority Sponsor. “We need to remove barriers for homeowners to take advantage of clean energy and lower bills, and I’m proud that the changes this law brings will do just that.”

News release from the Illinois Environmental Council

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