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About Solarize Houston and the Program:

Who is Solarize Houston?

A grassroots volunteer organization.

Why is Solarize Houston organizing this project?

To accelerate the adoption of solar energy for electricity generation in Houston. We are asking for quality installation services with a group discount in exchange for some number of qualified and educated customers that are all in a small geographic area.

Will Solarize Houston make any money on this project?

No. We are grassroots volunteer group and have no financial connections to the project. Volunteers will be entitled to the same discount as other enrollees in the project.

If I enroll in the program, am I obligated to purchase a system?

No. When you enroll, we consider you made a commitment to learn about solar. It is completely up to you to decide to install solar PV and sign a contract with the selected company.

How is the solar installation company selected for the Solarize project?

Solarize Houston prepares a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) and encourages area solar installation companies to submit their proposals. Selected project participants (RFP Review team) review those proposals and select a company for the project.

Can my homeowners association prohibit me from installing a solar system?

Section 202.010 of the Texas Property Code limits the ability of homeowners associations (“HOA”) to prohibit its residents from installing rooftop solar systems that conform to the slope of the roof and have a top edge that is parallel to the roofline and have a support bracket, or visible piping or wiring that is in a silver, bronze, or black tone commonly available in the marketplace. In addition, the resident may place the solar system in a location other than that specified by the HOA if the resident’s alternate location increases the estimated annual energy production of the device, as determined by using a publicly available modeling tool provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, by more than 10 percent above the energy production of the device if located in an area designated by the HOA. See the statute for other important provisions.

I am interested in the Solarize project but I don’t live in Houston?

Check out SolarizeTexas.org to learn about other solarize projects starting to shine all across Texas.

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