Zoning Setbacks and Increased Regulation for Small-Scale Solar | A13 (SF 4091)

House voted No
| May 4, 2022
About this Legislation
Offered the Amendment

This amendment establishes ¾ mile setbacks for solar energy projects from state/county parks and Wildlife Management Areas, and lowers the regulatory review threshold for solar facilities from 50MW to 1MW.
This amendment introduces additional obstacles to developing solar energy facilities in Minnesota through setbacks and regulatory complications. Our state contains 1,440 wildlife management areas, 67 state parks, and hundreds of county parks; totaling over 1.5 million acres statewide. Adding ¾ mile setbacks for solar energy facilities from these natural areas, despite limited ecological impacts, introduces significant limits to expanding these clean energy facilities. Additionally, requiring Public Utilities Commission approval of small-scale solar facilities increases costs and timelines for clean energy development, creating hurdles that are not applied to fossil fuel facilities and changes an adequate process of local control over small-scale energy facility approval.


The amendment failed and language toward creating obstacles to solar development was not included in the House Jobs, Energy, and Commerce Omnibus bill.

What a no means

A "no" vote rejects additional obstacles to solar energy development.

What a yes would have meant

A "yes" vote introduces additional obstacles to the development of solar energy facilities in Minnesota through setbacks and regulatory complication.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 62 62 0 0
No = 69 0 68 1
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 3 2 1 0
Votes by Member Name