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CHAPTER 181--H.F.No. 3353

An act

relating to agriculture; establishing voluntary solar site management practices for solar sites;

proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216B.


Section 1.


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.

Presented to the governor May 24, 2016

Signed by the governor May 31, 2016, 10:22 a.m.

Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes