This Note will trace the evolution of access-to-sunlight issues and the enactment of new laws in the solar-access area, with primary focus on Ohio's treatment of the issues. A brief historical review will be included as well as data relating to the feasibility of using solar energy in Ohio. A critical analysis of the recent Ohio Solar Easement Statute also will be presented. Solar statutes and case law of other states and policies of the federal government and foreign governments will be scrutinized. These findings will be examined in an attempt to forecast whether Ohio should adopt or reject various provisions and/or applications of law to supplement and change its legislation. Discussion of solar access will focus on the legal issues involved when one individual attempts to utilize the sun via a solar energy system.
Note, Access to Sunlight in Ohio: The Dismal Outlook, 32 Clev. St. L. Rev. 497 (1983-1984)