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.
Land Use Tools for Large Solar Installations on Farmland
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Albany, NY: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
January 02, 2017
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