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HF 3353

1st Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 06/02/2016 11:03am

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; establishing voluntary solar site management practices for
solar sites; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216B.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

[216B.1642] SOLAR SITE MANAGEMENT.

Subdivision 1.

Site management practices.

An owner of a ground-mounted solar
site with a generating capacity of more than 40 kilowatts may follow site management
practices that (1) provide native perennial vegetation and foraging habitat beneficial to
gamebirds, songbirds, and pollinators, and (2) reduce storm water runoff and erosion at
the solar generation site. To the extent practicable, when establishing perennial vegetation
and beneficial foraging habitat, a solar site owner shall use native plant species and seed
mixes under Department of Natural Resources "Prairie Establishment and Maintenance
Technical Guidance for Solar Projects."

Subd. 2.

Recognition of beneficial habitat.

An owner of a solar site implementing
solar site management practices under this section may claim that the site provides
benefits to gamebirds, songbirds, and pollinators only if the site adheres to guidance set
forth by the pollinator plan provided by the Board of Water and Soil Resources or any
other gamebird, songbird, or pollinator foraging-friendly vegetation standard established
by the Board of Water and Soil Resources. An owner making a beneficial habitat claim
must make the site's vegetation management plan available to the public and provide a
copy of the plan to a Minnesota nonprofit solar industry trade association.

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