Solar & Wind Siting Standards for Merchant Generators

February 01, 2016


Merchant generators with plans to build facilities exceeding a 10 megawatt capacity for the purpose of producing electricity to sell into the wholesale markets are required to submit site compatibility plans to the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting.

Kentucky law states that for merchant generators "...beginning with applications for site compatibility certificates filed on or after January 1, 2015, the proposed structure or facility to be actually used for solar or wind generation shall be required to be at least one thousand (1,000) feet from the property boundary of any adjoining property owner and two thousand (2,000) feet from any residential neighborhood,school, hospital, or nursing home facility."

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Kentucky
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)


Name: KRS § 278.465

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.