Statewide Renewable Energy Setback Standards (Illinois)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Statewide Renewable Energy Setback Standards|
|Incentive Type||Solar/Wind Permitting Standards|
|Applicable Sector||Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Wind|
|Energy Category|| Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
|Date added to DSIRE||2009-09-21|
|Last DSIRE Review|| 2013-07-22
While Illinois does not have a model wind ordinance* in place, it has established a maximum setback limit for wind turbines.** State law has established that no municipality or county government may require a wind turbine (or other renewable energy system) used for onsite energy generation to be setback more than 1.1 times the height of the system from the end user's property line.
The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs offers a database of county ordinances and zoning laws related to wind.
- Typically, model wind ordinances address more than just setback limits, and may also include guidance/recommended policies regarding multiple turbines, lot sizes, sound, insurance, aesthetics, and height, among others.
- The law specifies wind turbines as well as "other renewable energy system," but in practice this limit will apply to wind turbines for onsite generation and use.
|Contact Name||David Loomis|
|Department||Illinois State University|
|Address||Campus Box 4200|
|Phone|| (309) 438-7979
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||§ 55 ILCS 5/5-12020|
|Date Enacted|| 2009-08-11
|Authority 2:||§ 65 ILCS 5/11-13-26|
|Date Enacted|| 2009-08-19
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.