Solar installation questions
Who installs the solar panels?
The Council will not install the solar panels. If a property owner enters into a contract with a solar developer, the developer will install the panels.
What if I get storm damage on my solar panels?
The contract between the solar developer and the property owner can address this. Options include damage covered by manufacturer warranties handled by the solar developer, or the property owner. The Solar-for-Vouchers staff will support property owners in evaluating which option best serves their needs.
What would my maintenance agreement look like?
The Council anticipates that developers will offer standardized maintenance agreements as an option in installation contracts under this program. The maintenance agreement may also be negotiated between the property owner and the solar installer to best meet the needs of both parties.
What is the warranty on the solar energy system?
Warranties are typically determined by parts manufacturers and included in the contract documents between the solar developer and the property owner.
How does the process of housing voucher placement work?
Metro HRA will market housing unit vacancies to active voucher holders and will refer them directly to the property owners for screening. A property owner can screen a voucher tenant like any other tenant. Once approved for tenancy, the property owner will work with Metro HRA to process necessary paperwork for rental payments to begin. More information about housing voucher placement
How soon do I have to place voucher holders at my property after signing my contract with the solar developer?
Property owners are expected to rent the specified number of units to voucher holders within 12 months after signing the contract.
What if I already rent units to voucher holders in my property? Do those units count toward the specified number of units I am expected to rent in that property?
Property owners are expected to rent the specified number of units in addition to the units they already rent to voucher holders.
What happens if a current voucher holder moves out?
Property owners are expected to continue to rent the specified number of units to voucher holders based on the size of their buildings. Property owners are expected to notify Metro HRA of an upcoming vacancy when a voucher tenant gives notice to move. Property owners are expected to advertise vacant units on the HousingLink website.
What if I want to sell my property?
Metro HRA expects the new property owner to comply with the program expectations. Property owners should consult their solar contract with the solar developers.