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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 05/02/2013
Program Overview:
State: Vermont
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Clothes Lines
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
27 V.S.A. § 544
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
24 V.S.A. § 2291a
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
24 V.S.A. § 4413 (g)

Vermont law forbids ordinances, by laws, deed restrictions, covenants, declarations or similar binding agreements from prohibiting (or having the effect of prohibiting) the use of solar collectors, clotheslines, or "other energy devices based on renewable resources." A homeowner may be subject to certain restrictions regarding location of the solar collectors on the roof (orientation to the south or within 45 degrees east or west of due south) as long as those restrictions do not impact the effectiveness of the solar collectors. However, municipal bylaws may not, to any extent, regulate the installation, operation, and maintenance of a solar water heating, solar space heating, or solar PV device on a flat roof (ie, a roof with a slope of less than or equal to 5 degrees).

The renewable energy access law does not apply to patio railings in condominiums, cooperatives, or apartments.

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Vermont Department of Public Service
112 State Street, Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05620-2601
Phone: (802) 828-2811
Fax: (802) 828-2342
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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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