Land Use Tools for Large Solar Installations on Farmland

This document describes two land-use tools New York State municipalities commonly use to site large-scale solar energy systems in agricultural areas: special use permits and site plan regulations. The purpose is to provide guidance and step-by-step instructions for municipalities to support solar energy development that addresses the short- and long-term needs of farmers while also ensuring their most valuable and productive farmland remains in operation.

Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Publisher: 
Albany, NY: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Page Numbers: 
3
Publication Date: 
January 2, 2017
Literature Category: 
Fact Sheets and Technical Memos