This overview summarizes a report from the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) on legal issues for solar access and solar rights. The report provides model statutes for use by state and local governments.
Solar energy systems require direct access to sunlight to operate effectively and efficiently. The installation of a solar energy system on a new or existing building requires exterior modifications that are subject to building codes and private regulation. The report reviews the efficacy of existing laws and regulations to protect solar access for new and existing buildings and recommends specific measures to improve and ensure solar access for those planning to use solar energy systems on homes and commercial buildings.