Solar/Wind Permitting Standards

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Permitting standards can facilitate the installation of wind and solar energy systems by specifying the conditions and fees involved in project development. Some local governments have adopted simplified or expedited permitting standards for wind and/or solar. “Top-of-the-stack” or fast-track permitting saves system owners and project developers time and money. Some states have established maximum fees that local governments may charge for a permit for a solar or wind energy system. In addition, some states have developed (or have supported the development of) model wind ordinances for use by local governments. [1]


Solar/Wind Permitting Standards Incentives

IncentiveIncentive TypePlaceApplicable SectorEligible TechnologiesActive
Ashe County - Wind Energy System Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
Municipal Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Utility
WindYes
Broward County Online Solar Permitting (Florida)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsFloridaCommercial
Residential
PhotovoltaicsYes
Camden County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Utility
WindYes
Carteret County - Wind Energy Facility Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Nonprofit
Schools
Local Government
Utility
State Government
Tribal Government
Multi-Family Residential
Agricultural
Institutional
WindNo
Carteret County - Wind Energy System Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Schools
State Government
WindYes
City and County of Denver - Solar Panel Permitting (Colorado)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsColoradoCommercial
Construction
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
City of Oakland - Self Certification for Renewables (California)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Solar Pool Heating
No
City of Portland - Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems (Oregon) Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsSolar/Wind Permitting StandardsOregonCommercial
Residential
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
City of San Jose - Photovoltaic Permit Requirements (California)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
PhotovoltaicsYes
Clark County - Solar and Wind Building Permit Guides (Nevada)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNevadaCommercial
Residential
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
County Wind Ordinance Standards (California)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Local Government
Residential
WindYes
Currituck County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
Utility
WindYes
Expedited Permitting Process for Solar Photovoltaic Systems (Vermont)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsVermontAgricultural
Commercial
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Residential
PhotovoltaicsYes
Guidance for Local Wind Energy Ordinances (New York)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNew YorkAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
WindYes
Guidelines for Solar and Wind Local Ordinances (Virginia)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsVirginiaAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Municipal Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Utility
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
Hyde County - Wind Energy Facility Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Utility
WindYes
Local Option - Building Permit Fee Waivers for Renewable Energy Projects (Connecticut)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsConnecticutAgricultural
Commercial
Construction
Fed. Government
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Institutional
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Biomass
Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Ocean Thermal
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Madison County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Residential
WindYes
Maricopa Assn. of Governments - PV and Solar Domestic Water Heating Permitting Standards (Arizona)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsArizonaCommercial
Construction
Installer/Contractor
Residential
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Maricopa County - Renewable Energy Systems Zoning OrdinanceSolar/Wind Permitting StandardsArizonaCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Unspecified technologies
Yes
Model As-of Right Zoning Ordinance or Bylaw: Allowing Use of Large-Scale Solar Energy Facilities (Massachusetts)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsMassachusettsLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaicsYes
Model As-of Right Zoning Ordinance or Bylaw: Allowing Use of Wind Energy Facilities (Massachusetts)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsMassachusettsAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
WindYes
Model Ordinance for Permitting of Small Wind Facilities (Massachusetts)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsMassachusettsCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Nonprofit
Schools
Local Government
State Government
Fed. Government
Agricultural
Institutional
WindNo
Model Ordinance for Renewable Energy Projects (Oregon)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsOregonAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Anaerobic Digestion
Biodiesel
Biomass
CHP/Cogeneration
Geothermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Wind
Yes
Model Ordinance for Siting of Wind-Energy Systems (South Dakota)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsSouth DakotaAgricultural
Fed. Government
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
WindYes
Model Ordinance for Wind Energy Systems (Michigan)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsMichiganAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
WindNo
Model Wind Energy Facility Ordinance (Maine)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsMaineAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
WindYes
Model Wind Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Utility
WindYes
Model Wind Ordinance for Local Governments (Pennsylvania)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsPennsylvaniaAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Schools
State Government
WindYes
Orange County - Small Wind Energy SystemsSolar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaAgricultural
Commercial
Residential
Small Wind
Wind
Yes
Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover (Maryland)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsMarylandAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Pike County - Wind Turbine Siting Standards (Illinois)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsIllinoisCommercial
Residential
Nonprofit
Schools
Local Government
Utility
Agricultural
Institutional
WindNo
Pitt County - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaCommercial
Residential
WindYes
Requirements for Wind Development (Oklahoma)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsOklahomaCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Utility
WindYes
Rockbridge County - Small Wind Energy Ordinance (Virginia)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsVirginiaCommercial
Industrial
Residential
General Public/Consumer
Local Government
Agricultural
WindNo
Rockingham County - Small Wind Ordinance (Virginia)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsVirginiaAgricultural
Commercial
Construction
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
WindYes
San Diego County - Solar Regulations (California)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaCommercial
Industrial
Residential
PhotovoltaicsYes
San Diego County - Wind Regulations (California)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaCommercial
Industrial
Residential
WindYes
Santa Clara County - Zoning Ordinance (California)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaAgricultural
Commercial
Residential
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
Seattle - Priority Green Permitting (Washington)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsWashingtonCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Construction
Installer/Contractor
Multi-Family Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
CHP/Cogeneration
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
Wind
No
Small Wind Innovation Zone Program and Model OrdinanceSolar/Wind Permitting StandardsIowaInstitutional
Local Government
Schools
State Government
Utility
WindYes
Solar Construction Permitting Standards (Arizona)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsArizonaAgricultural
Commercial
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Construction Permitting Standards (California)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsCaliforniaCommercial
Industrial
Local Government
Residential
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Construction Permitting Standards (Colorado)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsColoradoAgricultural
Commercial
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Permitting Law (Oregon)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsOregonCommercial
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar and Wind Permitting Laws (New Jersey)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNew JerseyCommercial
Industrial
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Wind
Yes
Standards for Municipal Small Wind Regulations and Model Ordinance (New Hampshire)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNew HampshireAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Utility
WindYes
Statewide Renewable Energy Setback Standards (Illinois)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsIllinoisAgricultural
Commercial
Fed. Government
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Town of Kill Devil Hills - Wind Energy Systems Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
WindYes
Tyrrell County - Wind Energy Facility Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Tribal Government
Utility
WindYes
Watauga County - Wind Energy System Ordinance (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaAgricultural
Commercial
Industrial
Institutional
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
Tribal Government
Utility
WindYes
Wind Access and Permitting Law (Delaware)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsDelawareResidentialWindYes
Wind Energy Permitting Standards (North Carolina)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsNorth CarolinaCommercial
Installer/Contractor
Systems Integrator
WindYes
Wind Energy Permitting Standards (Wyoming)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsWyomingCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
WindYes
Wind Siting Rules and Model Small Wind Ordinance (Wisconsin)Solar/Wind Permitting StandardsWisconsinCommercial
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Small Wind
Wind
Yes

All Solar and Wind Permitting Standards

References

  1. DSIRE Glossary