Solar Energy Regulation

Solar Energy regulations were adopted in September 2014 as Article 19 of the Goodhue County Zoning Ordinance (PDF)


In response to increased interest by individuals and companies in developing solar energy systems at residential, commercial and utility scales within rural Goodhue County; the County Planning Commission has recommended that the County Board approve various text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to adopt Solar Energy Regulations. The purpose of these regulations along with other pertinent references found in other Articles of the Zoning Ordinance is to regulate the installation and operation of Solar Energy Systems (residential, commercial, and utility) pursuant to applicable Minnesota Statutes and Rules.

Background Information:

Several companies have made inquiries to Goodhue County regarding County regulations pertaining to commercial solar photo-voltaic energy facilities. This interest relates to a requirement established by the State of Minnesota Legislature mandating that "each public utility shall generate or procure sufficient electricity generated by solar energy to serve its retail electricity customers in Minnesota so that by the end of 2020, at least 1.5 percent of the utility’s total retail electric sales to retail customers in Minnesota is generated by solar energy."