Idaho Solar Easements & Access Laws

December 05, 2023


In 2019, Idaho passed H.B. 158, which provides that a homeowner’s association may not limit or prohibit installation of solar panels or collectors on any property rooftop or structure within its jurisdiction. Homeowners associations may, however, enforce reasonable rules regarding the appearance of the panels. The provisions only apply to rooftops that are owned, controlled, and maintained by the homeowner.

Idaho law also allows for solar easements. Similar to laws in other states, Idaho's solar easement provision does not create an automatic right to sunlight. Rather, the law allows parties to enter into solar easement contracts voluntarily for the purpose of ensuring adequate exposure of sunlight to a solar-energy system. The easement is transferred with the property title. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Idaho
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: Idaho Code § 55-615
Name: Idaho Code § 55-3208

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.