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HF 2624

1st Engrossment - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/23/2022 12:18pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to energy; modifying the property assessed clean energy program; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 216C.435, subdivision 8; 216C.436, subdivision
2, by adding a subdivision.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216C.435, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Qualifying commercial real property.

"Qualifying commercial real property"
means a multifamily residential dwelling, deleted text beginordeleted text end a commercial or industrial building,new text begin or farmland,
as defined in section 216B.436, subdivision 1b,
new text end that the implementing entity has determined,
after review of an energy audit deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end renewable energy system feasibility study,new text begin or agronomic
assessment, as defined in section 216B.436, subdivision 1b,
new text end can be benefited by installation
of cost-effective energy improvementsnew text begin or land and water improvements, as defined in section
216C.436, subdivision 1b
new text end. Qualifying commercial real property includes new construction.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216C.436, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 1b. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

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

new text begin (b) "Agronomic assessment" means a study by an independent third party that assesses
the environmental impacts of proposed land and water improvements on farmland.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Farmland" means land classified as 2a, 2b, or 2c for property tax purposes under
section 273.13, subdivision 23.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Land and water improvement" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) an improvement to farmland that is permanent, results in improved agricultural
productivity or resiliency, and reduces the environmental impact of agricultural production;
or
new text end

new text begin (2) water conservation measures, which include permanently affixed equipment,
appliances, or improvements that reduce a property's water consumption or that enable water
to be managed more efficiently.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Resiliency" means the ability of farmland to maintain and enhance production levels
and quality notwithstanding negative environmental or climatic conditions.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 216C.436, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Program requirements.

A commercial PACE loan program must:

(1) impose requirements and conditions on financing arrangements to ensure timely
repayment;

(2) require an energy audit deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end renewable energy system feasibility studynew text begin, or agronomic
assessment
new text end to be conducted on the qualifying commercial real property and reviewed by
the implementing entity prior to approval of the financing;

(3) require the inspection of all installations and a performance verification of at least
ten percent of the cost-effective energy improvementsnew text begin or land and water improvementsnew text end
financed by the program;

(4) not prohibit the financing of all cost-effective energy improvementsnew text begin or land and
water improvements
new text end not otherwise prohibited by this section;

(5) require that all cost-effective energy improvementsnew text begin or land and water improvementsnew text end
be made to a qualifying commercial real property prior to, or in conjunction with, an
applicant's repayment of financing for cost-effective energy improvementsnew text begin or land and water
improvements
new text end for that property;

(6) have cost-effective energy improvementsnew text begin or land and water improvementsnew text end financed
by the program performed by a licensed contractor as required by chapter 326B or other
law or ordinance;

(7) require disclosures to borrowers by the implementing entity of the risks involved in
borrowing, including the risk of foreclosure if a tax delinquency results from a default;

(8) provide financing only to those who demonstrate an ability to repay;

(9) not provide financing for a qualifying commercial real property in which the owner
is not current on mortgage or real property tax payments;

(10) require a petition to the implementing entity by all owners of the qualifying
commercial real property requesting collections of repayments as a special assessment under
section 429.101;

(11) provide that payments and assessments are not accelerated due to a default and that
a tax delinquency exists only for assessments not paid when due; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(12) require that liability for special assessments related to the financing runs with the
qualifying commercial real propertydeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (13) prior to financing any improvements to or imposing any assessment upon qualifying
commercial real property, require notice to and written consent from the mortgage lender
of any mortgage encumbering or otherwise secured by the qualifying commercial real
property.
new text end