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We were lucky to receive pro-bono support from Attorney Cindy Hill who was so kind to write a letter to the Southgate Community Association to counter their illicit activities. If you live in Florida , feel free to take this letter and adapt it to your particular case if you need to argue with your HOA.
According to NREL, more than 40 states have some form of Solar Rights Act: https://www.nrel.gov/state-local-tribal/blog/posts/solar-access-issues-and-policy-options.html Florida and California have explicit statutes which should limit HOA's in their ability to hinder the deployment of renewable energy systems. We are aware that some HOA's are unaware of the law or simply try to defy individual solar rights. We believe that our system has a better chance to prevail against building restrictions, because it is not a fixed structure or part of a building:
GismoPower has received FSEC 203-17 certification as a "PORTABLE, UNMOUNTED" PV system on January 13th 2022 and we have been encouraged by our inspiring cooperation with Intertek. It looks like we will be able to certify the MEGA as a grid-tied, electricity generating appliance, which does not need to adhere to local building codes due to the wheels and the possibility to be stored in a sheltered location during adverse weather conditions. Intertek confirmed that our system must adhere to local wind code requirements if we permit these systems as ground-mounted systems at locations without a storage option during adverse weather conditions.
Since the MEGA systems are designed as portable appliances using a 240V outlet with a standard 40A circuit breaker as connection to the electric grid , these devices are not part of the actual "building".
Intertek is closely associated with the insurance industry and we expect that the UL-certification under their guidance will facilitate the insurance process separate from the homeowners insurance policies similar to a portable generator.
MEGA systems are currently in the beta test phase and only available for selected early adopters. If you are interested in participating in the beta test program, please send us an email.
Yes, We are planning to sell everywhere. Power generation capability will vary considerably from location to location and you can get a good estimate of the expected power production for your location at https://pvwatts.nrel.gov
PV systems located in the far Northern US are roughly 30% less effective than systems located in the Southern US, so one more MEGA rack can often compensate less optimal sunlight exposure.
If you do not have a shelter or garage available for storage during severe weather conditions, you would need sufficient space on your property to permit the system as a classic ground mounted PV system using asphalt or other ground anchors. The structure itself is designed to withstand high wind and snow loads in combination with an approved anchoring system.