City of Ashland - Solar Rights Ordinance (Oregon)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Oregon
Name City of Ashland - Solar Rights Ordinance
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2001-07-11
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-23

References DSIRE[1]


The City of Ashland has been promoting the use of solar energy since 1981, when it passed one of the first city-wide solar rights, or access, protection ordinances in the United States. This ordinance contains solar setback provisions designed to ensure that shadows at the north property line do not exceed a certain height, depending on the zone in which the property is located.

Property owners can apply for a Solar Access Permit for protection of shading by vegetation only. Shading by buildings is protected by the solar setback provision.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Larry Giardina
Department Ashland Electric Utilities Department
Address 20 East Main Street
Place Ashland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97520
Phone (541) 552-2065
Phone 2 (541) 552-2436

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: City of Ashland Municipal Code Chapter 18.70

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"