Statewide Renewable Energy Setback Standards (Illinois)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Illinois
Name Statewide Renewable Energy Setback Standards
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2009-09-21
Last DSIRE Review 2013-07-22

References DSIRE[1]


While Illinois does not have a model wind ordinance* in place, it has established a maximum setback limit for wind turbines.** State law has established that no municipality or county government may require a wind turbine (or other renewable energy system) used for onsite energy generation to be setback more than 1.1 times the height of the system from the end user's property line.

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs offers a database of county ordinances and zoning laws related to wind.

  • Typically, model wind ordinances address more than just setback limits, and may also include guidance/recommended policies regarding multiple turbines, lot sizes, sound, insurance, aesthetics, and height, among others.
    • The law specifies wind turbines as well as "other renewable energy system," but in practice this limit will apply to wind turbines for onsite generation and use.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name David Loomis
Department Illinois State University
Address Campus Box 4200
Place Normal, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 61761
Phone (309) 438-7979


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

Authority 1: § 55 ILCS 5/5-12020
Date Enacted 2009-08-11

Authority 2: § 65 ILCS 5/11-13-26
Date Enacted 2009-08-19

  • 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)"