Help homeowners being sued for solar panels!

Help homeowners being sued for solar panels!

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Paul McKnight started this petition to The Orchards Homeowner's Association Members

Do you know that The Orchards Homeowners’ Association has sued its own members simply because they have solar panels visible from the street?
Do you know that The Orchards HOA allowed other members to do the same thing without objection just a few months earlier?


Last fall Mark and Jennifer Bassler installed solar panels on their home at 2813 Fairway Drive, as they are allowed to do under state law. But, unlike the earlier project it permitted, the HOA is trying to enforce a rule that it adopted (without even complying with its own covenants) in order to force the Basslers to remove part of their solar energy system.

The Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act, 765 ILCS 165/1 et seq., was specifically enacted to prevent this exact situation, and yet the HOA has chosen to ignore it.

The statute is available at:
https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=3278&ChapterID=62


For unknown reasons, The Orchards HOA has chosen to selectively apply its illegitimate rule against Mark Bassler, a local firefighter, and his wife Jennifer, an elementary school teacher. By taking the Basslers to court rather than recognize the law, the HOA has forced the Basslers to incur tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. More information about the Basslers' ill treatment from the HOA is available at: YouTube Video


The HOA should stop targeting the Basslers and adopt a solar energy policy that complies with state law, the energy objectives of the State of Illinois, the will of The Orchards residents, and just plain common sense. Additionally, the HOA should pay for all court and legal costs that have been incurred by their actions instead of trying to force the Basslers to do so.


If you oppose the HOA’s efforts against its own members and solar energy, please consider signing the petition encouraging the HOA to withdraw its claims against the Basslers and allow residents to install solar panels on their rooftops without unnecessary restrictions.


Sign today to let the HOA board know that you expect them to follow the law and not file misguided lawsuits against its members.
In addition, we encourage you to contact the HOA board directly to respectfully let them know you support the Basslers and their right to install solar panels on their property.

Thank you for your consideration.

We, the undersigned, urge The Orchards Homeowners Association to withdraw its lawsuit against the Basslers, pay the Bassler's legal fees, and properly adopt a solar energy policy consistent with the Homeowners' Energy Policy Statement Act, 765 ILCS 165/1 et seq.

If you are a current resident of the Orchards HOA, please leave a comment below to let the board know that you support the Basslers.

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