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HF 3084

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/03/2022 03:30pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to state government; modifying energy provisions in state-owned buildings;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 16B.32, subdivisions 1, 1a; repealing
Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 16B.323, subdivisions 1, 2; 16B.326.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 16B.32, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Alternative energy sources.

deleted text begin Plans prepared by the commissioner for a
new building or for a renovation of 50 percent or more of an existing building or its energy
systems must include designs which use active and passive solar energy systems, earth
sheltered construction, and other alternative energy sources where feasible.
deleted text end new text begin All new building
and major building renovation projects subject to section 16B.325 must use renewable
energy sources as defined in section 216B.1691, to the extent required to meet the sustainable
building 2030 performance standards under section 216B.241, subdivision 9. Geothermal
energy efficiency sources may also be considered.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 16B.32, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:

Subd. 1a.

deleted text beginOnsitedeleted text end Energy generation from renewable sources.

deleted text begin A state agency that
prepares a predesign for a new building must consider meeting at least two percent of the
energy needs of the building from renewable sources located on the building site. For
purposes of this subdivision, "renewable sources" are limited to wind and the sun. The
predesign must include an explicit cost and price analysis of complying with the two-percent
requirement compared with the present and future costs of energy supplied by a public
utility from a location away from the building site and the present and future costs of
controlling carbon emissions. If the analysis concludes that the building should not meet at
least two percent of its energy needs from renewable sources located on the building site,
the analysis must provide explicit reasons why not. The building may not receive further
state appropriations for design or construction unless at least two percent of its energy needs
are designed to be met from renewable sources, unless the commissioner finds that the
reasons given by the agency for not meeting the two-percent requirement were supported
by evidence in the record.
deleted text end new text begin The total aggregate nameplate capacity of all distributed generation
serving state-owned building(s) or facilities, including any subscriptions to community solar
garden under section 216B.1641, may not exceed 120 percent of the average annual electric
energy consumption of the state-owned building or facilities being served.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginREPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 16B.323, subdivisions 1 and 2; and 16B.326, new text end new text begin are
new text end


Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 22-04776


Subdivision 1.


(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given.

(b) "Major renovation" means a substantial addition to an existing building, or a substantial change to the interior configuration or the energy system of an existing building.

(c) "Solar energy system" means photovoltaic devices alone or installed in conjunction with a solar thermal system.

(d) "Photovoltaic device " has the meaning given in section 216C.06, subdivision 16.

(e) "Solar thermal system" has the meaning given "qualifying solar thermal project" in section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, paragraph (e).

(f) "State building" means a building whose construction or renovation is paid wholly or in part by the state from the bond proceeds fund.

Subd. 2.

Solar energy system.

(a) As provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), a project for the construction or major renovation of a state building, after the completion of a cost-benefit analysis, may include installation of solar energy systems of up to 300 kilowatts capacity on, adjacent, or in proximity to the state building.

(b) The capacity of a solar energy system must be less than 300 kilowatts to the extent necessary to match the electrical load of the building, or the capacity must be no more than necessary to keep the costs for the installation below the five percent maximum set by paragraph (c).

(c) The cost of the solar energy system must not exceed five percent of the appropriations from the bond proceeds fund for the construction or renovation of the state building. Purchase and installation of a solar thermal system may account for no more than 25 percent of the cost of a solar energy system installation.

(d) A project subject to this section is ineligible to receive a rebate for the installation of a solar energy system under section 116C.7791 or from any utility.


The commissioner must review project proposer's study for geothermal and solar thermal applications as possible uses for heating or cooling for all building projects subject to a predesign review under section 16B.335 that receive any state funding for replacement of heating or cooling systems. When practicable, geothermal and solar thermal heating and cooling systems must be considered when designing, planning, or letting bids for necessary replacement or initial installation of cooling or heating systems in new or existing buildings that are constructed or maintained with state funds. The predesign review must include a written plan for compliance with this section from a project proposer.

For the purposes of this section, "solar thermal" means a flat plate or evacuated tube with a fixed orientation that collects the sun's radiant energy and transfers it to a storage medium for distribution as energy for heating and cooling.