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Rod
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The Mueller Megawatt (was Solar Power Thread)
by Rod on July 19th, 2009


I understand that there are options in some part of the USA to have solar part of the house build so the cost is then "embedded" in the mortgage. Not going to help those considering now but might help in 'new build' phases.

Here is a site I find with a bit of net searching, albeit a bit dated, that shows the idea:

http://www.resnet.us/ratings/overview/resources/gmac.htm

-Rod

 
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wharhorn
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Modifications Committee / Solar panels
by wharhorn on July 19th, 2009

I have one of the Saldana homes ig GC2, and also have a rebate approval and bid for a 4.5kw system. I tried to have it done by the builder so it would fall into the mortgage but found that because of all the Mueller restrictions by Catellus(sp?) and the HOA that it would cost me more and be very difficult to do that way. My application thru the HOA is "being decided by the comittee".
Schroed there is a request form you can download to fill out and send in with a small fee and a deposit. Along with a copy of your bid from one of the city approved installers and a plot map showing where the installations will be on the house. They are supposed to give you an answer in 15-30 days. I sent mine in in April while the house was under construction, not realizing they would not even look at it until the house was out of the builders name.
Since closing in early June I have called 4 or 5 times and they have always needed some other piece of information all of which I had sent in with the application. I tell them they have it already but that I will gladly send it if they cannot find it. They are going to look and call me back, (never have). I call again in 2-3 days and they have indeed found the missing info. They have been very nice about it each time, but have never notified me they need anything else except when I call them. I have been patient as I figure if I got mad they could make this take forever and my rebate at the old higher rate will expire. The whole point being that you need to send in the application and then follow up. Thursday they told be everything was in order and I would have a decision in the mandated 51-30 days
I admit to being a little worried as my house is on the end of the GC and the panels will have to be on the street side to be effective. Most peoples are not easily visible from the street. Good luck
 
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Ms Ice Monkey
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Modifications Committee / Solar panels
by Ms Ice Monkey on July 20th, 2009

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I admit to being a little worried as my house is on the end of the GC and the panels will have to be on the street side to be effective. Most peoples are not easily visible from the street. Good luck


Take a drive down McCloskey to see two recently installed solar arrays that are highly visible from the street. I had also assumed that street-visible would be frowned upon by the modifications committee, but that has not been the case.
 
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Rod
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Modifications Committee / Solar panels
by Rod on July 20th, 2009

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Take a drive down McCloskey to see two recently installed solar arrays that are highly visible from the street. I had also assumed that street-visible would be frowned upon by the modifications committee, but that has not been the case.


I think those installed solar arrays are rather beautiful: From the street, in the heat, from the air, from anywhere!

-Rod (influenced by Dr. Seuss reading sessions w/4-year old)
 
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wharhorn
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Modifications Committee / Solar panels
by wharhorn on July 20th, 2009

Thanks Rod and Ms Ice Monkey, that sure makes me feel better about the eventual outcome. Tom
 
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bullcreek
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Texas Solar Power offer - Row homes?
by bullcreek on July 20th, 2009

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[quote]I had asked Jennifer Harvey about this months ago and she basically said no, we (row home owners) can't have solar panels installed since the HOA is responsible for maintaining our roofs. I was hoping there might be at least *a little* movement in a more positive direction ... that there was a possibility this could happen at some point.[/quote]

It would be nice to solve the row house problem, but it would take several big philosophic "jumps" on the POA's part to allow this. Who knows what the future holds?



As a row house resident, I'd really like to work on getting this solved. Just in Phase 1, there is a huge amount of south-facing acreage that could be used for solar generation. I'd almost bet that the POA could install the panels themselves and turn a profit!
 
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Siebrise
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Texas Solar Power offer - Row homes?
by Siebrise on July 21st, 2009

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As a row house resident, I'd really like to work on getting this solved.


Hear, hear!

Row house owners unite for solar.

Count us in.
 
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SleeperService
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Texas Solar Power offer - Row homes?
by SleeperService on July 21st, 2009

as a former row type home owner it should be remembered that it is not absolutely about positive movement or progressive thinking in this case.

affecting the shared surface has very important and significant ramifications for both current and future home owners.

Now of course its possible that any resistance you encounter is because management/HOA does not want to face the administrative problems of having a few row home sections with solar and a few without.... and that would be disappointing...

however it could be that any resistance/negative things you encounter are a result of the fact that it is seriously problematic...

some simple questions that pop off the top of my head ( and are easy to think of )

Who pays for the solar? -- what if not everyone wants solar in a row home block ? do they get it forced on them ? do they not get it ? How is the resultant additional home owners insurance divided?

What if the panels need cleaning ? who manages that ? ( the HOA / you ? )

More seriously what if someone cleaning your panels ( your neighbour doesn't have them ) and that person damages your neighbours roof ( who manages the resultant insurance claim ).

What sections of the roof need to be replaced which result in the removal of your panels -- who pays to re-install them ?

Now I'm not saying these problems aren't soluable -- they probably are ( unless there is something in the row home contract that prevents this from occurring ) -- but they certainly require some thought and attention..

Ezra.
 
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Dan Murphy
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Texas Solar Power offer - Row homes?
by Dan Murphy on July 21st, 2009

Is it not possible to restrict the risk by installing the panels on the detached garages or something?

I realize that trying to install panels on the shared portion of the roof could present problems, but considering that most contractors have insurance (and should be required to carry insurance before being allowed to work on the building)...it should be a simpe matter of the contractors insurance covering any damage caused by thier presence.

It seems to me that (especially in the case of affordable homes- but not limited to those), that it would be very important to allow residents to take full advantage of the rebate program. Additionally, it would seem that Mueller's communal goal of providing a "green community" should be a compelling directive (in my opinion) to overcome whatever obstacles may or may not be interfering with residents pursuing alternative energy sources such as solar.
 
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SleeperService
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Texas Solar Power offer - Row homes?
by SleeperService on July 21st, 2009

Like I said I imagine the whole thing has a solution -- I just think its important to appreciate the complexity...of course I must say that I'm on your side -- I think it would be a great idea if row homes installed solar...I'm not against it.

the installer example was just that an example -- it can be continued with though -- they probably do have insurance -- but do they have insurance to damage other peoples roof? -- ie you approve the install on a shared roof and they damage a coincident portion... etc -- and who takes care of the admin required to reclaim these expenses... -- it can go on for a while... the garage idea is interesting and you could explore that...

I suspect that if you really want these things solved -- a row house block would need to get together and write out a document that says we do this - we pay for this -- this cost is divided like this -- you manage this -- etc etc...

When I wanted to make a change that was different to the other hundred people I shared a facade with -- it took six months -- a request for permission distributed to all 100 other residents -- permission from HOA -- and a chunk of cash...

just my 2 euros..

Ezra.
 
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