Article 9.54 - Solar Energy Facilities

Any major or minor solar energy facility shall require approval from all applicable state and federal agencies as well as the affected energy provider.

.1 Minor Solar Energy Facilities:

a. Residential Property (refer to illustration): Minor solar facilities shall be allowed in accordance with the provisions below:

Minor Solar Facility on Residential Property(1) Front yard placement is prohibited.

(2) Front façade placement (if facing street or common access) requires a Special Use Permit (SUP).

(3) Front roof slope placement requires a Special Use Permit (SUP)

(4) Side and rear yard placement permitted as by-right accessory use in all districts subject to the issuance of a zoning permit.

(5) Side and rear roof slope placement permitted as a by-right accessory use in all districts subject to the issuance of a zoning permit.

b. Non-Residential Property:

(1) Minor free-standing solar facilities on non-residential property shall require a Special Use Permit (SUP).

(2) Minor rooftop solar facilities on non-residential property: Facilities on flat roofs, facilities on roof slopes not facing a street and building integrated solar panels on roof slopes facing the street that are not noticeable are permitted by right in any zoning district. All other roof mounted solar panels facing street shall require a Special Use Permit (SUP).

c. Minor free-standing facilities must comply with accessory structure setbacks and spacing.

d. Minor free-standing facilities shall be a maximum of 5 feet in height as measured from the grade at the base of the structure to the apex of the structure.

e. Minor rooftop solar energy facilities shall not be considered as rooftop equipment on any building type and therefore, do not require screening and are not subject to any architectural standards that would prohibit reflective materials.

.2 Major Solar Energy Facilities

a. Shall require the issuance of a Special Use Permit and in addition to the Special Use Permit requirements found in Article 11.4.10 shall include the following:

(1) An existing features plan as described in the Subdivision Ordinance Article 6.300.1.14 is required. Placement of solar panels shall be based on preserving existing features to the extent practical.

(2) Major solar energy facilities are exempt from any parking requirements in the Huntersville Zoning Ordinance if there is no commercial or office building component.

(3) Setbacks:

i. Shall meet the minimum required setbacks for the underlying zoning district for installations in the R and TR zoning districts.

ii. Shall be a minimum of 20 feet from any property line in the SP zoning district.

(4) Height:

i. Free standing major solar facilities shall be a maximum of 8 feet in height as measured from the grade at the base of the structure to the apex of the structure.

(5) The minimum lot size requirement for major solar facilities is 10 acres.

b. Town of Huntersville to be given copies of any lease agreement and plan for removal of facility/equipment.

c. Glare resistant solar panels shall be used if the solar facility is adjacent to any airport.

d. Rooftop major solar energy facilities should not be considered as rooftop equipment on any building type and therefore, do not require screening and are not subject to any architectural standards that would prohibit reflective materials.

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