Rhode Island Solar Easement Laws

November 05, 2023


Rhode Island allows property owners to establish solar easements in the same manner and with the same effect as a conveyance of an interest in real property. Solar easements must be created in writing. 

In general, they must include: 

  1. A description of the real property involved, 
  2. A description of the angles and three-dimensional space involved; 
  3. The terms under which the easement is granted or may be terminated, and
  4. Any provisions for compensation of either property owner.

In addition, the state’s local zoning ordinances must address access to air and light, views, and solar access.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Rhode Island
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Solar Pool Heating


Name: R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-40-2
Date Enacted: 1981
Effective Date: 1981
Name: R.I. Gen. Laws § 45-24-33
Date Enacted: 8/7/1996


Name: Christopher Kearns
Organization: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Address: One Capitol Hill
Providence RI 02908-5890
Phone: (401) 574-9117
Email: christopher.kearns@energy.ri.gov

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.