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South Dakota

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Wind Easements   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/11/2013
Program Overview:
State: South Dakota
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
S.D. Codified Laws ยง 43-13-16, et seq.
1996 (subsequently amended)

Any South Dakota property owner may grant a wind easement with the same effect as a conveyance of an interest in real property. Easements must be established in writing, and must be filed, recorded and indexed in the office of the register of deeds of the county in which they are granted. The maximum term of an easement is 50 years. Any payments associated with an easement must be made on an annual basis to the owner of the real property. An easement must include the following information:

  • A description of the real property subject to the easement and a description of the real property benefiting from the wind easement;
  • A description of the real property subject to the easement and of the real property benefiting from the easement;
  • A description of the vertical and horizontal angles, expressed in degrees, and distances from the site of the wind power system in which an obstruction to the wind is prohibited or limited;
  • Any terms or conditions under which the easement is granted or may be terminated;
  • Any provisions for compensation of the owner of the real property benefiting from the easement in the event of interference with the enjoyment of the easement, or compensation of the owner of the real property subject to the easement for maintaining the easement; and
  • Any other provisions necessary or desirable to execute the instrument.

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S.D. Energy Management Office
523 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3899
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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