3.0 Updating and Enforcing Local Rules and Regulations

A 100 kW system on single axis trackers on a reservoir deck featured in Tucson, Arizona. (City of Tucson/ PIX18040)

The legal and regulatory framework in a community forms the foundation for building a sustainable solar infrastructure. Effective and streamlined local rules and regulations help reduce installation costs and can significantly improve the market environment for solar energy technologies. State and local governments have overlapping authority in some regulatory areas; other areas fall exclusively under local jurisdiction. In fact, some of the most critical barriers to widespread adoption of solar energy can be removed only by local governments.

This section will help community leaders identify which rules and regulations are in place in their community, and where they can make improvements to accelerate solar energy development.