While Illinois does not have a model wind ordinance* in place, it has established a maximum setback limit for wind turbines.** State law has established that no municipality or county government may require a wind turbine (or other renewable energy system) used for onsite energy generation to be setback more than 1.1 times the height of the system from the end user's property line. Under H.B. 1201, municipalities may prohibit any electric-generating wind device with a nameplate capacity of 100 kilowatts or greater permitted after August 9, 2013, from locating within its corporate limits.
The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs offers a database of county ordinances and zoning laws related to wind.
*Typically, model wind ordinances address more than just setback limits, and may also include guidance/recommended policies regarding multiple turbines, lot sizes, sound, insurance, aesthetics, and height, among others.
**The law specifies wind turbines as well as "other renewable energy system[s]," but in practice this limit will apply to wind turbines for onsite generation and use.
|Incentive Type:||Solar/Wind Permitting Standards|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Name:||§ 55 ILCS 5/5-12020|
|Name:||§ 65 ILCS 5/11-13-26|
|Organization:||Illinois State University|
Campus Box 4200
Normal IL 61761
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.
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