Senate Bill 1544/House Bill 2174 amend the Homeowners’ Energy Policy Statement Act (“HEPSA”), 765 ILCS 165, to address homeowners' associations ("HOAs") that have failed to comply with HEPSA since its original adoption in 2011 and amendment in 2021 by impeding their own members' solar installations.
Those HOAs refusing to comply with HEPSA are denying their own members' right to install solar despite the clear intent of HEPSA.
With increasing energy prices and Illinois’ strong renewable energy and transportation electrification goals, it is important that all homeowners have certainty and a clear understanding of their right to save money and increase their energy independence through solar.
All the revisions in SB 1544/HB 2174 relate to recent instances of HOAs hindering homeowners wanting to install solar on their homes.
The amendments to HEPSA:
These revisions to HEPSA would become effective upon becoming law.