2nd Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/15/2013 09:16am
A bill for an act
relating to energy; renewables; modifying requirements for solar energy in state
buildings; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 16B.323.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 16B.323, is amended to read:
(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given.
(b) "Made in Minnesota" means the manufacture in this state of:
(i) components of a solar thermal system certified by the Solar Rating and
Certification Corporation; or
(ii) solar photovoltaic modules that:
(1) are manufactured at a manufacturing facility in Minnesota that is registered and
authorized to manufacture those solar photovoltaic modules by Underwriters Laboratory,
CSA International, Intertek, or an equivalent independent testing agency;
(2) bear certification marks from Underwriters Laboratory, CSA International,
Intertek, or an equivalent independent testing agency; and
(3) meet the requirements of section 116C.7791, subdivision 3, paragraph (a),
clauses (1), (5), and (6).
For the purposes of clause (ii), "manufactured" has the meaning given in section
116C.7791, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), deleted text beginclausesdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end (1) deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text beginnew text end (2).new text beginnew text end
(c) "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.
(d) "Solar energy system" means solar photovoltaic modules alone or installed in
conjunction with a solar thermal system.
(e) "Solar photovoltaic module" has the meaning given in section 116C.7791,
subdivision 1, paragraph (e).
(f) "Solar thermal system" has the meaning given "qualifying solar thermal project"
in section 216B.2411, subdivision 2, paragraph (e).
(g) "State building" means a building whose construction or renovation is paid
wholly or in part by the state from the bond proceeds fund.
(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 new text beginnew text end cost-benefit analysis, deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text beginnew text end include installation of "Made in Minnesota" solar energy
systems of new text beginnew text end40 kilowatts capacity on, adjacent, or in proximity to the state building.
(b) The capacity of a solar system must be deleted text beginless thandeleted text endnew text beginnew text end 40 kilowatts to deleted text beginthe
extent necessary todeleted text end match the electrical load of the building deleted text beginor to the extent necessary to
keep the costs for the installation belowdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end the five percent maximum set by
paragraph (c)new text beginnew text end.
(c) The cost of the solar system must notnew text beginnew text end exceed five percent of the appropriations from the bond proceeds fund for the construction
or renovation of the state building. new text beginnew text end Purchase and installation of a solar thermal
system may account for no more than 25 percent of the cost of a solar 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.
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