Thank you for your patience as we rescheduled this event. New registration dates and times below.

Murray County is working with the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Southwest Regional Development Commission and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment to better understand opportunities for solar siting and site design that can realize multiple economic and ecosystem benefits. In late October, you received an email from George Masson on behalf of the Institute of the Environment inviting you to participate in a stakeholder group focused on solar energy in Murray County to dig into the overlaps of solar energy and the electric grid, natural resource protection, and where on the map co-benefits can be realized. For multiple reasons, particularly the period of warm weather coinciding with harvest season, these meetings were postponed. 

An increasing number of solar project site plans include perennial grasses and pollinator plants beneath and around the panels at solar energy sites. How could these plantings best be tailored to meet specific habitat and ecosystem services goals? Can solar sites be used as buffers to limit sedimentation of surface waters?  

Solar siting is often limited to interconnection points on the electrical grid. Can we use GIS mapping to identify potential off takers of electricity and expand the options for suitable solar siting? Can this also be a win-win for local economic development?

We are convening a group of stakeholders in Murray County to discuss the priorities for the features and benefits of solar siting. We will convene this group in early December 2020 and reconvene to discuss the results of our research in summer of 2021. We hope you will be able to participate and lend your perspective.  

You are invited to choose ONE of three options for virtual meetings:

– Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

– Monday, December 7, 10:30 to 12:00 pm

– Thursday, December 10, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm For more information and to register, go to https://murraycountydec.eventbrite.com. For security, Zoom links will be sent out the day of the event.

Contact George Masson at masso035@umn.edu with any questions