Solar Easements (Iowa)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Iowa

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 Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, 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 2013-02-05
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Janet McGurk
Department Iowa Utilities Board

Address 1375 E. Court Avenue

Place Des Moines, Iowa
Zip/Postal Code 50319
Phone (515) 725-7301


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.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"