Solar Rights (Maine)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Maine

Name Solar Rights
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar clothes-drying device (clothes line, drying rack)
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2009-06-16
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-14

References DSIRE[1]


Maine law requires that any municipal ordinance, bylaw, or regulation adopted after September 30, 2009 regulating solar energy devices on residential property follow certain requirements. The rules, bylaws, and regulations of home owner associations (HOA) of property owners must also follow these requirements. Specifically, these legal instruments may not prohibit a person from installing or using a solar energy device (including a clothesline or drying rack) on residential property owned by that person. In the case of a leased/rented property, the policy protects the renters' right to use a clothesline or drying rack.

Ordinances, bylaws, or regulations may reasonably restrict the installation and use of solar energy devices to protect public health and safety, buildings from damage, historic/aesthetic values (when a comparable alternate is available), and to protect shorelands (under shoreland zoning provisions). Legal instruments may restrict the use of solar energy devices on residential property that is commonly owned with third parties or in the common areas of condominiums.


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

Authority 1: 33 M.R.S. §1421 et seq.
Date Effective 2009-09-30
Date Enacted 2009-06-03

  • 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)"