PA bill would classify nukes as renewable – Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) has introduced to the Pennsylvania state house a bill which would give nuclear power the same treatment as wind and solar power under under the state’s regional portfolio standard. Mehaffie argues that House Bill 11 is needed to prevent shutdowns of nuclear plants around the state, including Three Mile Island, which is set to shut down in the fall. Source: Central Penn Business Journal
Idaho Senate passes bill banning solar discrimination by HOAs – They may be able to dictate every other aspect of your life, but the Idaho Senate has passed a bill which states that homeowners associations within the state cannot bar members from installing solar panels on their roof. The measure passed unanimously. Source: Idaho Press
Two coal mines to become solar plants in Kentucky – Megan Wollerton of CNET, instead of just reporting on the development, went out to Pikeville, Kentucky, to speak with RH Group, the solar company looking to convert two abandoned coal mines into a 700-acre solar power project. If completed as proposed, the project will have a capacity of 100 MW. Source: CNET
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Good at least one state is doing a smack-down on HOA with regards to solar.
A story I heard on the radio might help someone in an HOA that doesn’t allow solar.
A guy living in an HOA community had a dog that kept jumping the 3 ft HOA allowed fence. He went to the HOA to get them to allow him to put a 4 ft fence in. The, of course, said no. Sometime later he got the idea that since the HOA couldn’t disallow HAM radio towers since they are regulated by the FCC he again went to the HOA to try to get a 4 ft fence. Again they said no. He said ok, by the way I am going to be building a 40 ft HAM radio tower in my front yard. HOA said you can’t do that. He said, yeah, federal law says I can. HOA asked if he would still be building the radio tower if he could build the 4 ft fence. He said, well I can only afford one of them. He got his fence.
Just might be a way to blackmail your local HOA.
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