November 15, 2019

3/25/2019 – Rep. Rubel’s “Homeowner Solar Rights Bill” (House Bill 158) signed into law last Friday!

Rep Rubel Bill SigningHouse Bill 158, my “Homeowner Solar Rights bill”, was just signed into law on Friday!

This will protect homeowners from unreasonable HOA prohibitions on solar installation – a protection that is already on the books in every other Western state. This should meaningfully boost solar adoption in Idaho.

Here we are with the Governor at the signing ceremony:

3/1/2019 – Climate hearing announced / “Homeowner Solar Rights Bill” (House Bill 158) vote is Monday!

Following up on the well-received public hearing I hosted in 2017, Rep. Rob Mason and I are holding the first ever official committee hearing on climate change at 1:30 on March 6 in the House Energy, Environment & Technology Committee. If you want to send a message that the public cares about this issue, please come – we want to pack the house. High attendance speaks volumes.

Also, my “Homeowner Solar Rights” bill, HB158, is getting a full House vote on Monday. This bill would prevent HOA’s from unreasonably prohibiting homeowners from installing rooftop solar panels. Idaho is currently the only state in the West that does not have such a provision. You can easily email a message of support to the whole House here.

2/20/2019 – Update on Rep. Rubel’s “Homeowner Solar Rights Bill” (House Bill 158)

My “Homeowner Solar Rights” bill, HB158, was heard yesterday in the House Business Committee. This bill would prevent HOA’s from unreasonably prohibiting homeowners from installing rooftop solar panels – Idaho is currently the only state in the West that does not have such a provision, and it has led to our state lagging dramatically in solar power use. Despite overwhelming public testimony in support, it was sent to the Amending Order. Stay tuned – anything could happen from here.

Meanwhile, I am planning a hearing on climate change with Rep. Rob Mason to be held at 1:30 pm on March 6 in the House Energy, Environment & Technology Committee. Come if you can!

2/1/2019 – Article: “Bill introduced to keep HOAs from banning rooftop solar panels”

  • Article Link: “Bill introduced to keep HOAs from banning rooftop solar panels”
  • Excerpt: An Idaho House committee agreed Thursday that homeowners’ property rights would be better protected if homeowners associations couldn’t ban rooftop solar panels. The House Business Committee voted unanimously to introduce a bill proposed by Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, clearing the way for a full hearing on the measure. It would protect a homeowner’s right to install solar panels and prohibit installation restrictions, unless the installation would violate building code or safety requirements.