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SF 3389

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/06/2020 03:04pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to energy; modifying the solar energy incentive program; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 116C.7792.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 116C.7792, is amended to read:


new text begin (a) new text endThe utility subject to section 116C.779 shall operate a program to provide solar
energy production incentives for solar energy systems of no more than a total aggregate
nameplate capacity of 40 kilowatts alternating current per premise. The owner of a solar
energy system installed before June 1, 2018, is eligible to receive a production incentive
under this section for any additional solar energy systems constructed at the same customer
location, provided that the aggregate capacity of all systems at the customer location does
not exceed 40 kilowatts.

new text begin (b) new text endThe program deleted text beginshall be operated for eight consecutive calendar years commencing in
2014. $5,000,000 shall be allocated in each of the first four years, $15,000,000 in the fifth
year, $10,000,000 in each of the sixth and seventh years, and $5,000,000 in the eighth year
from funds
deleted text endnew text begin is funded by moneynew text end withheld from transfer to the renewable development account
under section 116C.779, subdivision 1, paragraphs (b) and (e)deleted text begin, anddeleted text endnew text begin. Program funds must
new text end placed in a separate account for the purpose of the solar production incentive program
operated by the utility and not for any other program or purpose.

new text begin (c) The following amounts are allocated for the solar production incentive program:
$17,000,000 in 2020; $15,000,000 in 2021; $15,000,000 in 2022; $10,000,000 in 2023; and
in 2024, any unspent amount remaining from program years 2020 through 2023.
new text end Any unspent
amount allocated deleted text beginin the fifthdeleted text endnew text begin during a specific programnew text end year is available deleted text beginuntil December 31
of the sixth year
deleted text endnew text begin for use during any subsequent program yearnew text end. Any unspent amount remaining
deleted text begin at the end of any other allocation yeardeleted text end new text beginon January 1, 2025, new text endmust be transferred to the
renewable development account.

new text begin (d) new text endThe solar system must be sized to less than 120 percent of the customer's on-site
annual energy consumption when combined with other distributed generation resources and
subscriptions provided under section 216B.1641 associated with the premise. The production
incentive must be paid for ten years commencing with the commissioning of the system.

new text begin (e) new text endThe utility must file a plan to operate the program with the commissioner of
commerce. The utility may not operate the program until it is approved by the commissioner.
A change to the program to include projects up to a nameplate capacity of 40 kilowatts or
less does not require the utility to file a plan with the commissioner. Any plan approved by
the commissioner of commerce must not provide an increased incentive scale over prior
years unless the commissioner demonstrates that changes in the market for solar energy
facilities require an increase.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end