Model As-of-Right Zoning Bylaw: Allowing Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations

December 2014


Solar Energy

This model bylaw from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers zoning standards with commentary for the placement, design, construction, operation, monitoring, modification and removal of large-scale ground-mounted solar PV installations (defined as those with a capacity greater than 250 kW). The standards address public safety, minimize impacts on scenic, natural and historic resources, and require adequate financial assurance for the eventual decommissioning of such installations.