Non- Commercial Installations
All solar installations that are integrated into the structures
electrical system for residential and business require a permit from the codes
officer and must meet state and local building codes. They must have a clearly
marked disconnect switch. In addition an electrical inspection shall be
required. Ground mounted collectors are not
allowed in the front yard. Ground
mounted solar collectors must be in the side or rear yard and shall comply with
side and rear yard setbacks.
Solar farms are permitted in an Agricultural zone and all
Business zones with a Special use Permit and all applications are
subject to planning board review. The
following items shall be considered by the planning board before making a
A complete set of plans with a
professional engineers stamp and signature shall accompany each application. A
site plan that shows, collector layout and area, setbacks, vegetation, screening, fencing,
storm water control, parking, access roads and accessory buildings shall
be part of the application and general plan.
A complete set of electrical
plans and schematics of collectors and any hardware such as inverters, transformers,
batteries, control panels, switch gear and disconnects. A copy of these plans must be given to the
town clerk and the fire chief.
A complete operation and maintenance manual shall be supplied to the town
and fire chief. A clearly marked electrical disconnect sign
that is easily recognized by emergency personal from a distance of at least 30
Other issues to consider are
signage such as “High Voltage, Danger, Disconnect Switch, or other warning
signs, lighting, glare, transmission lines, and the height of collectors and
accessory buildings. The view from
public highway and adjoining neighbors as well as any compromise of the
character of the neighborhood. A front
yard and side yard setback of 100 feet and a rear yard setback of 50 feet will
The solar farm owner must
provide 24/7 access to emergency response personal in the event of an
The solar farm must be
maintained in good condition and a decommission plan shall be required in the
event the plant is abandoned or decommissioned.
The solar farm owner is solely responsible for the cost of
decommissioning and removal of the solar farm if necessary. Bonding may be required and shall be assessed
on a case by case basis depending of the size of the installation.