Solar Easements (Tennessee)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Tennessee

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 2012-11-27

References DSIRE[1]


Tennessee law allows for the creation of easements for the purpose of ensuring access to direct sunlight for solar energy systems. This statute also states that the "encouragement and protection of solar energy systems is a valid objective which counties and municipalities may consider in promulgating zoning regulations." When land is sold, easements pass with the property as recorded with the register of deeds in the county in which the land is situated.

Written easements may contain descriptions of property affected, angles at which easement extends, and conditions of compensation or termination.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Molly Cripps
Department Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Division Energy Division
Address 312 8th Avenue, North, 10th Floor
Address 2 William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
Place Nashville, Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code 37243-0405
Phone (615) 741-2994
Phone 2 (615) 741-6671


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

Authority 1: Tenn. Code § 66-9-201 et seq.
Date Effective 1979

  • 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)"