Understanding Solar Installations in Agricultural Districts

Many of New York's local governments are implementing strategies to review solar installations within their community by updating their comprehensive plan and adopting zoning requirements for the siting, installation, and decommissioning of large-scale solar arrays. To protect productive farmland, municipalities should consider siting the non-farm solar energy projects on less productive land. There is a distinction between farm-related solar systems, and solar systems built on agricultural land that primarily serve off-site uses. 

Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Publisher: 
Albany, NY: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Page Numbers: 
2
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2016
Literature Category: 
Fact Sheets and Technical Memos