Solar Easements (Rhode Island)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Rhode Island
Name Solar Easements
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 Pool Heating, 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 2012-12-11

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - SEO
Department Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Address One Capitol Hill
Place Providence, Rhode Island
Zip/Postal Code 02908-5890
Phone (401) 574-9100


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

Authority 1: R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-40
Date Effective 1981
Date Enacted 1981

Authority 2: R.I. Gen. Laws § 45-24-33
Date Enacted 1996-08-07

  • 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)"