Solar Easements & Rights Laws (Indiana)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Indiana

Name Solar Easements and Rights Laws
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 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 2012-09-27

References DSIRE[1]


Indiana state law includes both covenant restrictions and solar easement provisions. The state's covenant restrictions prevent planning and zoning authorities from prohibiting or unreasonably restricting the use of solar energy. Indiana's solar easement provisions are similar to those in many other states. Although they do not create an automatic right to sunlight, they allow parties to voluntarily enter into solar easement contracts which are enforceable by law. Passive solar structures are explicitly included in the type of solar collection equipment that may be protected by solar easements.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Travis Murphy
Department Indiana Office of Energy Development

Address 1 North Capitol Avenue
Address 2 Suite 600
Place Indianapolis, Indiana
Zip/Postal Code 46204
Phone (317) 232-8939


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

Authority 1: Ind. Code § 32-23-4-1 et seq.

Date Enacted 1980-01-01

Authority 2: Ind. Code § 36-7-2-1 et seq.
Date Effective 2002-07-01
Date Enacted 2002-03-21

  • 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)"