I have seen the designs for the solar panels I plan to buy and they don’t look like they would stand out too much. I will try showing the designs to the board but they seem hellbent on denying my request simply because I’ve challenged them about the mailboxes in the past.
Update: I have since been made aware that several other owners have been having trouble with their mailboxes as well. We have brought the issue to the board once again but they are holding off on replacing the mailbox until they “find room in the budget.”
Also, I have asked USPS about this and they said they are not responsible for replacing the lock because the HOA bought the mailboxes from a separate vendor about a decade ago.