Solar Project Title Guidelines

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Title Guidelines for Solar Developers & Installers

Below are outlines of the common key solar project title requirements.
Email us if you have questions about a particular solar title requirement or type of project.

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Our Standard ALTA Survey Requirements, including the Surveyor’s Certificate Form, can be found here, or by clicking on the attachment in the Title Guidelines Document Library. SolRiver requires a current ALTA As-Built Survey of any real property relevant to the Project. In order to assist the process of ordering the survey, here are SolRiver’s basic requirements for the ALTA survey process:
  • A current ALTA/NSPS survey, prepared by a registered land surveyor approved by SolRiver.
  • The survey is in compliance with the “2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys”, including the following items listed under Table A: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6(a) and (b), 7(a), 8, 9, 10(a)*, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 19. These items must be completed within 30 days of closing.
  • The survey plats must name and certify:
  • The owner of the property,
  • SolRiver and the Project Company, and
  • The title insurance company.
  • Further, the survey must contain:
    1. A list of all easements identified in the Title Commitment, identified and labeled on the survey.
    2. Reference to the most recent Title Commitment, with each exception therefrom set forth in the Commitment clearly marked on the survey.
    3. A scale, legend, directional arrow and vicinity map locating the general area of surveyed property.
    4. A valid boundaries description, corresponding to the legal description of the property.
    5. The location and square footage of all improvements on the property.
    6. All rights-of-way, water courses, flood zones, wetlands, drains, sewers, utility easements, driveways, roads and other easements which serve the property.
    7. The names and widths of adjacent roadways with right of way indicated.
    8. If property is comprised of several parcels, the interior lines and facts, or a certificate to insure contiguity.
    9. Certification that the property does not lie within a flood zone.
    10. The political subdivision, county and other notations as will accurately locate the property.
    11. A Certification signed by the surveyor, on the standard form provided by SolRiver below.
      * = if applicable

Title Guidelines Document Library

Please find the ALTA Survey & Title Commitment Requirements in the library below.

ALTA Survey


Title Policy Endorsement


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Title Policy Endorsement Requirements

The standard solar owner’s title policy endorsement list can be found here, or by clicking on the attachment in the Title Guidelines Document Library. SolRiver requires the following common ALTA endorsements.

ALTA 3.2-06
Zoning: Land Under Development
Insures the zoning classification and the authorized uses thereunder.
ALTA 8.2-06
Commercial Environmental Protection Lien
Insures against existing recorded federal or state environmental
protection liens.
ALTA 9.6-06
Private Rights
Insures against loss or damage caused by the enforcement of a Private
Right resulting in (a) the invalidity or unenforceability of the lien of
the Insured Mortgage, or (b) the loss of Title acquired.
ALTA 14-06
Future Advance Priority
Protects the insured mortgage if it becomes invalid due to security
advances, re-advances, or lack of outstanding indebtedness before an
advance, or if the insured security for each Advance is inferior to that
of another claimant. Includes Mechanic’s Liens.
ALTA 17-06
Access & Entry
Insures that the land is accessible for pedestrians and vehicles, abuts
a street and that Project Company has the right to use curb cuts on the
ALTA 17.1-06
Indirect Access and Entry
Insures the same items as ALTA 17-06; however, it is only required if
property access prescribed is by the easement.
ALTA 17.2-06
Utility Access
Protects against loss or damage resulting from a lack of access for
utilities to service the Site.
ALTA 18-06
Single Tax Parcel
Protects the property from being taxed as part of a larger parcel of
land or failing to constitute a separate tax parcel for real estate tax
ALTA 18.1-06
Multiple Tax Parcel
Protects against the same risk as Endorsement 18-06; however, it is only
required if the project consists of multiple parcels, including insured
ALTA 19-06
Contiguity – Multiple Parcels
Protects against the risk that the boundary lines of any parcel in a
multi-parcel project are not contiguous with one another, or any gaps
separate contiguous boundaries.
ALTA 22-06
Insures that improvements are actually located on the land and that they
are identifiable by a specific street address.
ALTA 24-06
Doing Business
Protects against a lien becoming unenforceable because making the loan
violated the laws of the state in which the Site is located.
ALTA 25-06
Same as Survey
The land is the same as shown on the survey described in the Commitment.
ALTA 26-06
Protects against the land being determined unlawfully subdivided
according to local statutes and ordinances.
ALTA 28.3-06
Damage or Enforced Removal – Land Under Development
Insures against damage if there is an encroachment by any improvements
onto adjoining land. This includes the case of enforced removal.
ALTA 31-06
Severable Improvements
Some land improvements do not become a part of the real property because
they can be severed from the land without causing material injury to
land or improvement. This endorsement protects against the loss of said
ALTA 35.3-06
Minerals and Other Subsurface Substances Land Under
Provides coverage against loss of surface structures, including roads,
walkways, parking, or other improvements, from the use of the area to
extract or develop sub-surface minerals.
ALTA 36.2-06
Energy Project – Leasehold – Owner
In the event of an eviction or ejection, calculation of loss shall
include the value of the Insured Party’s interest in existing or future
severable improvements.
ALTA 36.4-06
Energy Project “Comp” – Owner’s
Insures against violations of covenants by the System or the enforced
removal of the System due to the violation of a building setback line or
related environmental protection.
ALTA 36.5-06
Energy Project – Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions –
Land Under Development – Loan
Insures the Project in the same events as ALTA 36.4-06, for the Loan. It
also includes a violation of Covenant that extinguishes the lien or
renders it invalid and unenforceable.
ALTA 36.7-06
Energy Project – Fee Estate – Owner
If Project’s Title needs to be valued as a result of an ejection, the
value of the fee interest in the land and any of the system remaining
the day of eviction.
ALTA 39-06
The Insurance Company will not deny liability under the policy or
Deletion of ArbitrationRemoves the requirement for compulsory arbitration at the request of the
insured or insurer.
Maximum Actual Loss EndorsementInsurer will include the cost of land development and soft costs when
taking into consideration the value of actual development costs.