Managing the Dark Side of Trees

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Sturm College of Law


Height limitations, Trees, Solar power


Despite the lack of federal and state safeguards, solar advocates have options for avoiding solar access conflicts. One simple solution is for solar installers, working with arborists, to create solar access zones, or SAZs. SAZs create standardized height limitations in order to lessen the risk of future obstruction. Unlike existing solar access laws, SAZs specify in advance the appropriate height limitations and species of trees for each zone. That makes compliance easy.

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