Solar Easements (Iowa)
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Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|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 Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Date added to DSIRE||2000-01-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2013-02-05|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
Iowa's solar access easement provision allows for access to sunlight to operate a solar energy system. Those who are unable to obtain a voluntary solar easement from a property owner may apply to the solar access regulatory board for an order granting a solar access easement, if the relevant city council or county board of supervisors has created such a board. In the absence of such a board, the matter is referred to the local district court. Applications for an easement must contain specific information about the size, location, and orientation of the solar energy system, as well as a description of the actions that have been taken to minimize the impact on neighboring estates.
Iowa code also grants municipalities the right to issue ordinances prohibiting subdivisions from including restrictive covenants that limit the use of solar collectors.
|Contact Name||Janet McGurk|
|Department||Iowa Utilities Board|
|Address||1375 E. Court Avenue|
|Place||Des Moines, Iowa|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Iowa Code § 564A|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.