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Grow Solar Local Government Solar Toolkit for Minnesota: Planning, Zoning, and Permitting

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The model addresses concerns that are primarily in counties, townships, and rural areas rather than cities and urban areas. The incentive portion of the urban model ordinance can be applied in rural areas, as are provisions addressing solar access and aesthetic considerations in those rural areas with development patterns at an urban scale (typically lots smaller than 1 acre). This ordinance addresses solar energy as both a principal use and as an accessory use to the primary residential or commercial use. The model outlines height restrictions on ground-mounted, roof-mounted, and building integrated solar collector units. The model also outlines setback requirements for ground-mounted and roof-mounted solar collector units.