New York Using Special Use Permits and Site Plan Regulations to Allow Large-Scale Solar Installations While Protecting Farmland

By: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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Farmland Protection | Solar Energy | Food Systems

This guide offers information to help New York local governments understand tools used for siting large-scale solar systems in agricultural districts while also ensuring that productive farmland remains operational. It presents two land-use tools that are the most commonly used in the state to address the need to preserve farmland and develop solar systems: special-use permits and site plan regulations. 

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