Solar Easements & Local Option Solar Rights Laws (New York)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place New York
Name Solar Easements and Local Option Solar Rights Laws
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-16
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


New York's real property laws allow for the creation of solar easements. Like those in many other states, these are voluntary contracts which must be entered into in order to ensure uninterrupted solar access for solar energy devices. Solar easement agreements are required at a minimum to contain information describing the easement location and orientation to real property subject to the easement, provisions for termination, and provisions for compensation in the event that interference occurs.

New York General City, Town, and Village codes allow also local zoning districts to make regulations regarding solar access that provide for "the accommodation of solar energy systems and equipment and access to sunlight necessary therefor...". The stated intent of the authorizing legislation enacted in 1979 recognizes "access to solar energy as a valid public purpose within the zoning authority of local governments...".

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

Authority 1: NY CLS Real Property § 335-b
Date Effective 1979

Authority 2: NY CLS General City § 20 (24)
Date Effective 1981

Authority 3: NY CLS Town § 263
Date Effective 1981

Authority 4: NY CLS Vill § 7-704
Date Effective 1981

  • 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)"