El Paso, TX asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas

Q: Is it legal to put a wind turbine on the roof of a house?

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Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law Lawyer
  • Streetman, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Whether or not you can install a wind turbine on your house depends on a number of factors. You will need to have an attorney evaluate your particular circumstances to determine if the law allows it. Generally, your attorney would need to determine what municipal or county ordinances might apply that could restrict or regulate this installation. Secondly, your attorney would need to determine if there are any restrictive covenants for your neighborhood that may prohibit or regulate a wind turbine. Finally, your attorney will need to evaluate whether the size, appearance and sounds made by the turbine would constitute a nuisance to any near-by neighbors. Nuisance cases are judged by Texas courts on a case by case basis, so your attorney will need to review recent court cases on this subject to see how they apply.

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