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MAT Staff June 8, 2021

June- Solar energy development events

Solar MN – Permitting & Vegetation Management for Solar Developments

Monday, June 14th, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm




Solar MN Meeting Agenda:

  • Louise Miltich and Jamie MacAlister with Energy Environmental Review & Analysis at Minnesota Department of Commerce will talk about utility-scale solar permitting and developing a vegetation management plan.
  • Dan Shaw, Senior Ecologist & Vegetation Specialist with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), will discuss their Habitat Friendly Solar Program and recent updates.
  • Angie Berg, Land Use Division Supervisor with Stearns County, will share local solar permitting experiences from a county with a high level of solar development.
  • Aaron Hanson, Energy Program Specialist with Leadership and Education at University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, will preview a new GIS tool for solar siting decision support they’ve been developing for Murray County, and also share other solar+pollinator habitat and agrivoltiacs research.


The Future of Renewable Energy Siting in Minnesota
Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 | 3:30-4:15pm

How will we site and build out the sheer amount of solar and wind energy needed to reach ambitious renewable energy targets while preserving farmland, expanding habitat, and maintaining the sense of place that communities have come to appreciate? Join us as we continue our CERTs Energy Futures event series with a discussion among leading renewable energy planners and practitioners.

  • Nathan Cummins with The Nature Conservancy will share how it is technically feasible to reach high levels of renewable energy in the next decade, and the incentives needed to get there.
  • Brian Ross with Great Plains Institute will discuss the importance of proactive approaches, setting local priorities, and addressing values like water quality and agricultural production.
  • Sarah Banas Mills with University of Michigan will highlight how intentional process matters, how sense of place matters, and how to engage with community members to reach beneficial outcomes.

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