Solar Electric Systems

Commercial solar electric systems are prohibited within the Town.

Accessory Solar electrical systems are permitted in all zoning districts as an accessory use to the principal use of the property.
 
A building permit and electrical permit is required.
 
An accessory solar electric system place on a roof shall comply with all of the following:
1. The panels shall be mounted parallel to the plane of the roof.
2. Except for agricultural buildings and commercial buildings in the AP, A-2, and CI Districts, the panels shall not extend more than two (2) feet above the plane of the roof and shall not be located any close than three (3) feet from any side, top, or bottom edge of roof.
3. In the AP, A-2, and CI Districts, the panels placed on agricultural buildings or commercial buildings shall not extend more than four (4) feet above the plane of the roof and shall not be located any closer than six (6) feet from any side, top, or bottom edge of the roof.
4. The entire accessory solar electric system shall not occupy more than seventy-five percent (75%) of the area of the roof plane to which it is affixed.
5. No portion of the accessory solar electric system shall extend above the maximum building height established for the zoning district in which it is located.

 

An accessory solar electric system placed on the ground shall comply with all the following:
1. No portion of the accessory solar electric system shall exceed fifteen (15) feet in height.
2. No portion of the accessory solar electric system shall be placed within any setback area.
3. All electric power lines associated with the accessory solar electric system shall be buried underground.
4. The total area covered by the accessory solar electric system shall not exceed one thousand (1,000) square feet unless the Town Board approves a larger coverage area.
5. Vegetation under and immediately around the accessory solar electric system shall be cut as needed so as not to exceed eight (8) inches and all noxious weeds eliminated.
 
• An accessory solar energy electric system shall only be allowed on a parcel of land that contains a principal building associated with the principal use of the land.
 
• No accessory solar energy electric systems shall create or cause unreasonable glare on other property or public roadways. Unreasonable glare shall mean a degree of glare that creates a nuisance for other property owners or that creates a public safety hazard for those traveling on public roadways as determined by the Town Board or the appropriate roadway authority.
 
• No accessory solar electric system shall be allowed to create interference with television, cable, radio, telephone, internet, computers, or other electronic devices and services on neighboring properties, or be allowed to otherwise constitute a public nuisance.
 
• All accessory solar electric systems shall be consistent with the Building Code, electrical code, plumbing code, and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances.
 
• All equipment used for the accessory solar electric system shall be certified by either the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Canadian Electrical Code (CSA 22.1), or the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) for thermal systems.
 
• All accessory solar electric systems unused, abandoned, or inoperable for more than twelve (12) months shall be removed by the owner of the system or property owner. Incidental Sales: The sale of excess electricity generated from an accessory solar electric system to a third party (e.g. electric utility company) is allowed and does not cause the system to be classified as a prohibited commercial solar electric system, if the total amount of electricity sold does not exceed ten percent (10%) of the electricity generated from the solar electric system and consumed on the site.