EQB publishes environmental review notices provided by responsible governmental units. For more information on a project undergoing environmental review, click on the individual project links below.
Louise Solar Project
Location: Adams and Lodi Townships, Mower County Process: Alternative Review Notice Title: Notice of Environmental Assessment Availability, Public Hearings and Comment Period Notice Description: On February 11-12, 2021, Louise Solar Project, LLC (Applicant) submitted applications to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to construct and operate a 50-megawatt (MW) solar energy generating system in Mower County. In order to construct the Louise Solar Project, the Applicant must be granted a certificate of need and a site permit from the Commission. The proposed project area is comprised of approximately 613 acres of agricultural land located in Lodi and Adams Townships in Mower County, of which the final project design is expected to occupy approximately 325 acres. Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Environmental Review and Analysis issued an environmental assessment on the project on September 27, 2021. Project Description: In addition to the photovoltaic solar panels mounted on a linear axis tracking system, the proposed project would consist of inverters, step-up transformers, electrical cables and conduits, electrical cabinets, access roads, a 34.5/161- kilovolt (kV) step-up substation with metering and switching gear, security fencing, below-ground or above-ground electrical collection and communication lines, an operation and maintenance facility, parking lot, up to four weather stations, a 161-kV overhead transmission line (under 1,000 feet in length), a supervisory control and data acquisition system, and temporary laydown areas. The project would interconnect at the existing ITC Midwest Adams Substation in the project area. The Commission accepted the certificate of need and site permit applications in May 2021.This means the Applicant submitted all the information required to begin the review process. Link to Public Documents: https://apps.commerce.state.mn.us/eera/web/project/14235 Location of Public Documents: Grand Meadow Public Library, 125 Grand Ave East, Grand Meadow, MN First Public Meeting Date, Time, Location: October 12, 2021, 6:00 PM, LeRoy Community Center, Main Street, Le Roy, MN 55951 Second Public Meeting Date, Time, Location: October 13, 2021, 6:00 PM, remotely Second Public Meeting Virtual Link:minnesota.webex.com Second Public Meeting Additional Details: Telephone: 1-800-374-0221, Conference ID: 5654078 Internet (Video Only – No Audio): minnesota.webex.com, Event Number: 2491 957 6303, Password: MNPUC
The public hearing is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and submit recommendations for the Commission’s consideration in reaching its decision. After the public hearing and comment period, Administrative Law Judge Barbara Case will prepare a report including findings of fact, conclusions of law, and a recommendation for the Commission. The Commission will review all the information in the record, including comments submitted by the public and anticipates final decisions on the applications by spring of 2022.
The Public Comment Period for the project will remain open until October 27, 2021 at 4:30 PM. Comments may be submitted via:
Online: Visit mn.gov/puc select Comment and follow the prompts. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. Mail: Public Advisor – Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101
Information on the application review process and documents related to the proposed project including materials from the public hearings; the certificate of need and site permit applications; and the environmental assessment are available on the Department of Commerce website at or the Commission’s website at mn.gov/puc, select eDockets, enter the year (20) and the docket number (646 or 647), and select Search.
RGU and Contact: Public Utilities Commission, Cezar Panait, 651-201-2207