Solar and Wind Easements & Local Option Rights Laws (Minnesota)
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Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Solar and Wind Easements and Local Option Rights Laws|
|Incentive Type||Solar/Wind Access Policy|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government|
|Eligible Technologies||Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Date added to DSIRE||2000-01-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-08-10|
Minnesota law provides for the creation of solar and wind easements for solar and wind-energy systems. As in many other states, these easements are voluntary contracts. However, unlike similar provisions in other states, Minnesota law specifically provides for wind easements in addition to solar easements. For tax purposes, an easement imposed on a property may decrease the property value, but an easement which benefits a property may not add value to that property.
Minnesota law also allows local zoning boards to restrict development for the purpose of protecting access to sunlight. In addition, zoning bodies may create variances in zoning rules in situations where practical difficulties, such as lack of access to sunlight for solar-energy devices, impinge on a particular property.
|Contact Name||Energy Information Center|
|Department||Minnesota Department of Commerce|
|Division||Office of Energy Security|
|Address||85 7th Place East, Suite 500|
|Place||St. Paul, Minnesota|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Minn. Stat. § 500.30|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.