Solar Installations

How Do I Submit for a Solar Installation?

Information and materials required for your application include:

  • Fill out the Home Improvement Online Form below.
  • Survey showing the location of property lines, setbacks and existing improvements.
  • Drawings and plans with sufficient information and accurately drawn to scale to show the location, placement, size, shape configuration and dimensions necessary to accurately explain and illustrate the proposed Solar Energy Device.
  • Specifications from the manufacturer or vendor for any rooftop portions of the Solar Energy Device, showing dimensions and colors.
  • Photographs of the existing home showing:
    a. A view of the entire home.
    b. View of the entire side or rear of the home on which the Solar Energy Device will be mounted.
Home Improvement Online Form

Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association Solar Installation Rules:

The following information includes excerpts from the Ken-Caryl Ranch Home Improvement Rules and Regulations, which can be found in its entirety on our Governing Documents & Policies page. While we have gathered some information pertinent to your request and complied it here for your convenience, it remains your responsibility to comply with all Master Association and Sub Associations governing documents which require Architectural Approval for exterior home improvements.

3.48 Wind Generators. Submittals will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Recognizing that an owner may have certain legal rights to install Solar Energy Devices per the law, these Guidelines are to encourage quality design and integration of these devices into the architecture, landscape and site design for a property.

A. Definition of a Solar Energy Device as defined by the Colorado Revised Statues:
1. “Solar Energy Device” means a solar collector or other device or a structural design feature of a structure which provides for the collection of sunlight and which comprises part of a system for the conversion of the sun’s radiant energy into thermal, chemical, mechanical or electrical energy.
2. If the Colorado State Statutes are expanded in the future to include other types of Solar Energy Devices, these guidelines shall encompass those Solar Energy Devices as well.

B. Placement and Installation
1. The placement of the Solar Energy Device must be approved in writing in advance of installation by the KCRMA Architectural Committee. Such Solar Energy Device must comply with the following regulations to the extent that they do not impair the functioning of the device, restrict its use, or adversely affect the cost or efficiency of the device.
2. Solar Energy Devices (panels) mounted to the roof shall be placed as close to the roof plane and at the same angle as the roof plane as much as possible. The highest point of the devices may not be higher than the base of the ridge tiles or shingles on the ridge of the roof plane on which the devices are located and not extend or overhang the existing roof form. Panel layouts shall be in simple shapes and integrate to the building forms. Random and arbitrary layouts will not be permitted.
3. Any owner who installs a Solar Energy Device on his/her property hereby acknowledges that trees along the streets, parks, open spaces, common areas and on adjacent properties will continue to grow and may impact the solar shading of an owner’s Solar Energy Device. The owner further acknowledges that the KCRMA and owners of adjacent properties have no obligation whatsoever to trim, prune or otherwise alter such trees now or at any time in the future.
4. Solar Energy Devices that are mounted on a roof must have a frame that matches the panel. No unfinished metal frames are allowed. Any application to the KCRMA Architectural Committee must include a specification for the frame color.
5. All EXPOSED brackets, fasteners, pipes, conduits, clips, attachments, boxes and similar accessories must be painted to match the surface to which they are attached. No shiny, silvery, grey, chrome or similar finishes may be exposed to view from adjacent property (this does not apply to concealed and hidden accessories).
6. No exposed conduits, wiring, piping and similar elements are allowed on the roof unless such elements are painted the color of the adjacent surface. It is strongly encouraged that conduits, wiring and piping should be run through the attic space. Minor exposed connections are accepted if painted to match the surface they are adjacent to. The KCRMA Architectural Committee may allow small sections of a conduit or piping to be exposed on the side of the home provided that the location is generally inconspicuous and the conduit is painted to match the house color. Any exposed conduits on the side of a home must be screened from view to the extent feasible.
7. The exposed disconnect switch box, disconnect box, meter box or any other appurtenances should be painted to match the adjacent wall or roof surface on which they are located. It is not necessary to paint over labels or placards on these boxes.
8. Any water storage tank or water storage facility associated with a hot water Solar Energy Device may not be placed on the roof. Such storage facility must be concealed within the building structure or placed on the ground and screened.
9. The owner must obtain a building permit for this work.

C. Maintenance
The owner shall keep the Solar Energy Device in good repair.

D. Enforcement
1. The KCRMA Architectural Committee shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of these guidelines as provided by the governing documents.
2. Notwithstanding any provision contained in these guidelines or any other document governing KCRMA, these guidelines shall not be enforced in a way that (a) prevents the installation of a Solar Energy Device; (b) impairs the functioning of the Solar Energy Device; (c) restricts the use of a Solar Energy Device; (d) adversely and significantly affects the cost or efficiency of a Solar Energy Device. Therefore, the KCRMA Architectural Committee reserves all rights to approve or allow exceptions to these guidelines on a case-by-case basis as it deems appropriate.

E. Severability
1. If any provision of these guidelines is ruled invalid, the remainder of these rules shall remain in full force and effect.
2. If the State of Colorado legislates any relevant statutes, the modified laws shall be incorporated into these guidelines as if fully set forth herein.

F. KCRMA Architectural Committee Application Submittal Requirements
See above.

G. Design Guidelines Amendments
The KCRMA Architectural Committee reserves all rights to modify, change, expand or amend these Design Guidelines for Solar Energy Devices at any time and without notice in order to adjust for changes in equipment or technology as well as to further the objectives and criteria for Solar Energy Devices within Ken-Caryl Ranch, subject to applicable laws.


Questions? Contact Jenny Bernal at jennyb@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 113.

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