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Laws and Regulations Applicable to Solar Energy Development

Federal legal requirements apply to specific activities associated with solar energy development.

A number of federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders apply to solar energy development activities. For the most part, state laws and regulations do not apply to solar energy development on tribal lands.

The extent to which the federal requirements will apply to specific solar projects on tribal lands depends upon the nature of the project, its location, and size. In addition, the requirements applicable to projects conducted under a Tribal Energy Resource Agreement (TERA) may be different from those that apply to projects developed under other existing regulatory programs.

Follow the links below to learn about federal requirements that may apply to specific activities associated with solar energy development.

Acoustics (Noise)

Air Quality

Cultural Resources

Ecological Resources

Energy Resource Development

Environmental Justice

Hazardous Materials & Waste Management

Health & Safety

Land Use

National Environmental Policy Act

Paleontological Resources

Socioeconomics

There are no laws and regulations for this impact area.

Soils & Geological Resources

Transportation

There are no laws and regulations for this impact area.

Visual Resources

There are no laws and regulations for this impact area.

Water Quality