- Installation of solar panels on the roof of homes in the Cromwell Station neighborhood is allowed by state law.
- Panels may be installed on the area of the roof (front or back) that provides maximum functional benefit (state law).
- Homeowners must submit a formal request to the neighborhood Architectural Review Committee (ARC) to install solar panels and receive written approval before work can commence. This is required by the HOA bylaws and to ensure a professional and aesthetic installation.
- The formal request shall include a professionally rendered schematic drawing showing the front and rear of the house and the precise location of the electrical conduit and inverter box. The 30 day approval period will not be considered to have commenced until the schematic is submitted and accepted by the ARC.
- Panels and related infrastructure must be installed by a licensed electrician and licensed home improvement professional.
- Appropriate permits must be obtained from Baltimore county and shown to the ARC before work can commence.
- All roof panels must be of the same color and appearance.
- All installations must conform to current state and county construction and electrical codes and be inspected by the county.
- Conduit for the wiring that runs vertically from the roof panels to the inverter box on the front of the house (side of the house for end units) should be installed down the corner of the home where it abuts its neighbor. Conduit for end unit homes should run down one corner. If this is not feasible, the contractor will confer with the ARC to determine an acceptable alternative before work can re-commence.
- Conduit for wiring that runs horizontally along the roofline shall be mounted as unobtrusively as possible, e.g. just below the gutters or where the eve overhang meets the front wall of the house.
- Homeowners are strongly urged to paint the metal conduit in the color approved for the trim of the home or to have the conduit encased in plastic (vinyl) trim, such as Slim Duct of an appropriate color. This shall be done after the county electrical inspection is complete.
- If possible and practical, all electrical and conduits should be run down the back of the house and through the basement to the inverter. Preferably, the inverter box will be mounted indoors in the basement. Otherwise, the inverter box shall be mounted externally as close to the electrical meter as possible.
- When the time comes to replace the roof, the solar panels shall be removed and re-installed by the original contractor or by a licensed home improvement company and/or electrical contractor.
- The installation crew cannot change the plans on site without approval from the Architectural Review Committee, management company, or both parties, as appropriate.