Rhode Island Solar Easement Laws

Program Rhode Island Solar Easement Laws
Category Regulatory Policy
Implementing sector State
Last Update
State Rhode Island
Technologies Solar - Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating
Sectors Residential

Rhode Island allows property owners to establish solar easements in the same manner and with the same effect as a conveyance of an interest in real property. Solar easements must be created in writing. 

In general, they must include: 

  1. A description of the real property involved, 
  2. A description of the angles and three-dimensional space involved; 
  3. The terms under which the easement is granted or may be terminated, and
  4. Any provisions for compensation of either property owner.

In addition, the state’s local zoning ordinances must address access to air and light, views, and solar access.

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