New York Solar Guidebook for Local Governments
By: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
This guide is designed to help municipalities in New York support solar energy use through plans, programs, and regulations. Individual sections address solar basics, solar permitting and inspecting, rooftop access and ventilation, relevant state laws, solar payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, discretionary use permits for large solar installations, solar installations in agricultural districts, landowner considerations for solar leases, and decommissioning solar energy systems. It includes a model solar energy local law and a municipal solar procurement toolkit.