Solar Powering Your Community


How can your community take advantage of all the benefits of solar energy? Join us on January 23 for a half-day workshop to find out.

Model Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance

Residential solar

A model ordinance by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School for small-scale solar PV and solar thermal installations in urban environments. Includes a discussion of access, rights and zoning districts. To view the ordinance, click here.

Small Wind Energy System Ordinance

Small wind turbine

A model wind ordinance funded in part by the Wisconsin based Focus on Energy program. Applicable to small (less than 100 kW and/or less than 170 feet tall) installations in urban environments. To view the ordinance, click here.

City of Novi, Ordinance No. 18.237 (Wind)

Wind and driving

Establishes guidelines for siting wind turbines. Provides definitions, siting and design, application, safety requirements of small and medium sized wind turbine installations. To view the ordinance, click here.

Model Municipal Wind Siting Ordinance

A model ordinance by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. This ordinance covers wind turbine siting for turbines of varying sizes in both rural and urban environments. Click here to view the fact sheet    

Sample solar and wind ordinances now available

Sample renewable energy ordinances for wind and solar energy are now available. Staff at the Regional Energy Office have begun compiling sample siting and zoning ordinances for renewable energy projects in residential areas. These samples are the beginning of a project that will identify best practices for small Michigan cities. This project came at the Read more…