Solar Easements

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Eligibility: 
Commercial
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Federal Government
Savings Category: 
Solar - Passive
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Photovoltaics
Solar Pool Heating
Program Info
Sector Name: 
State
State: 
Rhode Island
Program Type: 
Solar/Wind Access Policy
Summary: 
Rhode Island allows property owners to establish solar easements in the same manner and with the same effect as a conveyance of an interest in real property. Solar easements must be created in writing. In general, they must include: (1) a description of the real property involved, (2) a description of the angles and three-dimensional space involved; (3) the terms under which the easement is granted or may be terminated, and (4) any provisions for compensation of either property owner.

In addition, the state’s local zoning ordinances must address access to air and light, views, and solar access.