The Metropolitan Land Planning Act requires that the Comprehensive Plan shall contain “an element for the protection and development of access to direct sunlight for solar energy systems.” Given the availability of new data, our ability to measure solar as a natural resource has greatly improved. Subsequently, communities have four (4) Minimum Requirements to fulfill in their 2040 Comprehensive Plan Updates.
The purpose of this webpage is to provide the most up-to-date catalogue of resources to support communities in their Solar Energy Planning and Implementation efforts. These resources include useful guides, organizations, and tools from across the State of Minnesota, the Upper Midwest Region, and the Country. This page was developed through Local Planning Assistance’s collaboration with the Great Plains Institute, Minnesota GreenStep Cities, the McKnight Foundation, and the SolSmart Program, which provides no-cost technical assistance from a team of national experts who work with local governments to evaluate programs and practices that impact solar markets, and identify high-prospect opportunities for improvement.