Through state legislation and local land use powers, municipalities in New York have authority to facilitate solar energy usage and reduce carbon emissions. This article analyzes several specific New York and municipal legislative provisions enabling New York’s municipalities to encourage or discourage solar energy. Interestingly, many of the tools discussed in this article are variations of pre-existing traditional land use tools such as, variances, subdivision design requirements, or fee exemptions.
John R. Nolon & Jessica A. Bacher, Solar Energy: New York City Sets Pace in Adopting Sound Policies, N.Y. L.J., Aug. 20, 2008, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/664/.