Renewable Energy Easements & Rights Laws (Florida)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Florida
Name Renewable Energy Easements and Rights Laws
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Clotheslines
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2013-05-23

References DSIRE[1]


Florida law forbids ordinances, deed restrictions, covenants, declarations or similar binding agreements from prohibiting the use of solar collectors (including clotheslines) or "other energy devices based on renewable resources," although certain restrictions related to visibility may be imposed on homeowners, as long as the effective operation of the system does not suffer as a result. Community associations are specifically prohibited from preventing the installation of solar collectors on residential rooftops. Effective July 2008, HB 697 extended the application of the renewable energy access law to condominiums. Interestingly, a condominium or a multi-condominium board of administration may, without approval of the unit owners, install solar collectors (including clotheslines) or other energy-efficient devices on association property for the benefit of the unit owners.

Florida law also allows easements for the purpose of maintaining exposure of a solar energy system to sunlight. Easements must be created in writing and are subject to being recorded and indexed in the same manner as any other instrument affecting the title to real property.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Colleen Kettles
Department Florida Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (FlaSEREF)
Address 101 Cove Lake Drive
Place Longwood, Florida
Zip/Postal Code 32779
Phone (407) 786-1799


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

Authority 1: Fla. Stat. § 704.07
Date Effective 1978-07-01
Date Enacted 1978

Authority 2: Fla. Stat. § 163.04
Date Effective 1980-07-01
Date Enacted 1980

Authority 3: Fla. Stat. § 718.113 (7)
Date Effective 2008-07-01

  • 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)"