Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 • condo owner 19 special feature • Gated, Gulf front • 2 penthouse units with floor plans more than 4,000 square ft. • 4 units per typical floor with floor plans over 2,000 square ft. • Typical floor plans include 3BR/3.5BA plus media room • Gulf-front outdoor pool oasis with multiple pools, lazy river, zero entry area & sun decks • Expansive, convertible indoor pool • Spacious Gulf-front fitness center with Sauna & Steam room • Outdoor pet walk Bob Shallow, #1 RE/MAX Agent in the USA 2005, 2006, & 2007 #1 RE/MAX Agent in Alabama 9 of the last 15 years "#1 RE/MAX Team in Baldwin County 2016 Prices & Availability Subject to change — Need not be built Exclusively Marketed By: Bob Shallow RE/MAX Paradise 24037 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 251-948-8888 ABACO WILL FEATURE: Gulf Shores like you've never seen it before. coastline condos face south (as do many on the Alabama coast) and in both states, many interiors do as well. Another structural disposition that can diminish an effective solar power operation is a high-rise building. "If you're talking about a tall, multistory, beachside condominium building, more times than not, there's not enough rooftop space to adequately offset the common area electricity expenses because you don't have enough physical space to mount enough individual solar panels," O'Sullivan explained. High-rise buildings also naturally have greater exposure to stronger winds. The best type of building or complex for solar cell use is relatively low and has a spread-out rooftop configuration. "If you have condos that have a townhome kind of footprint with more roof area spread out across the individual condo owners' roofs you can put a traditional solar array on top of that roof area," O'Sullivan said. Weather Solar panels are generally laid out on rooftops so they are constantly open to the weather elements. "The actual mounting structures that we use are wind-engineered for 160 mph three-second blasts, which meets or exceeds our local codes for a hurricane and such," O'Sullivan said. Both SunFarm Energy professionals said that their preferred solar panels are American-made Solar World USA, which are very durable, made with a safety glass, and rarely have problems. "The systems," said Herrick, "when they're done, are going to be as strong as the roofs they're mounted to. We use stainless steel hard- ware for mounting the systems to the roof." Achieving inverter/common-area circuitry proximity The only special challenge in using solar energy specifically for common areas of condos and other buildings is getting the inverter in close enough proximity to the circuitry that feeds that common space, according to O'Sullivan, who added that typically the common space has just one meter. No net metering in Alabama Alabama is one of only four states that doesn't have a comprehensive solar energy policy and hasn't passed legislation allowing for the re-use of excess electricity to be "sold" back to the utility. "It's very unfortunate," Herrick said. "We get calls all the time from people in coastal Alabama on this." BENEFITS Immediate power cost savings "Condo owner organizations have a monthly association fee that encompasses the cost of energy," O'Sullivan said. "Whether an indi- vidual condo owner is there or not – if they're home in Birmingham or wherever or if, on the other hand, they're living at a beach condo full time – the monthly maintenance fee includes the cost of energy for the common areas. And whether a condo has a solar system or ►

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