Well they aren’t huge solar rebate bills, or required renewable portfolio standards, but two bills that got hearings earlier this week are actually moving through the process. Both HB 362 and SB 238 by Rep. Burt Solomons and Senator Royce West would make it hard for homeowner associations to limit the ability of people to put solar on their roofs or in their backyard. Both had public hearings and had a diverse group of folks — from Sierra Club, to solar companies, to residents to even the Eagle Forum — one of the most politically-conservative groups around — saying that it was time to put the reins on HOAs preventing solar from going up on Texas roofs. Even the homebuilders and HOA reps didn’t come out against the bill, only saying they wanted to work on the language to maintain some say-so in the look and location of solar panels. Today advocates met with the HOA and Homebuilders met to work on some “Compromise” language. STay tuned to see if we establish solar rights in Texas!
Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director, Sierra Club.