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A Comprehensive Review of Solar Access Law in the United States (Solar ABCs)

The report recommends a model statute for implementation at the state level. The model statute includes prescriptive measures such as community design and solar easements. It also includes prohibitive measures such as those restricting the use of solar energy. At the local level, the report recommends that focus be placed on implementation and enforcement of state law. Specifically, the site-plan review and approval requirement should include an element to address current and future use of solar energy (e.g., solar easements, landscaping, and building height restriction and orientation).

Related Criteria

  • SR-1: Conduct review of state policies related to protecting rights of property owners to install solar and solar system owners’ right to sunlight on their property. Make this information available to residents.
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