CALIFORNIA – Marin resident denied solar panels by homeowners association

San Jose Mercury News: Marin resident denied solar panels by homeowners association
By Megan Hansen
October 20, 2014

Plans to install solar panels on a home in Kentfield are up in the air after the Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association said the panels are the wrong color.

Betty Segars, of Kentfield, said she has been working since July to have solar panels installed on her home by San Francisco-based Sunrun Inc., a residential solar electricity company. After spending about $500 on deposits and application fees, she said the homeowners association objected to her plan based on aesthetics.

“This is really not right and I’m really very frustrated,” Segars said.

She said the association disapproved of the white backsheet, which encapsulates the back side of the solar panels and can be seen outlining each solar cell. She said the association wanted her to use a black backsheet, but the company she has contracted with doesn’t source that type of panel.

“I’ve done a lot of research into solar, and this is one of the largest and best corporations,” Segars said.  Read more:

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