Minnesota Legislators are requiring Minnesota's public utilities to generate or procure 1.5% of their retail electricity sales from solar energy by 2020. Even more ambitious than the 2020 goal, is the requirement that five megawatt (MW) gardens be constructed and operational by the end of 2016 to meet the deadline for tax credits.
When a national solar firm asked Landform to provide development management, engineering and surveying services to develop 15 five MW Community Solar Gardens across Minnesota in 2016, our team was ready to go.
In the late summer and fall of 2015 Landform worked with local municipalities, the MPCA, utility companies, and other agencies to set our client up for success in local communities. But we didn't stop there. New regulations and the short timeframe for completion means that state goals and regulatory agency priorities haven't necessarily been aligned. Using our network to advocate for greater transparency in regulation and approvals, we are helping ensure that regulation at all levels makes sense for solar development. Our team is helping our client navigate the complex regulatory environment to build solid development framework that will facilitate approvals and construction in a timely manner.
Landform successfully completed the Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, and Landscape Architecture for the final phase of the Diffley Marketplace project with the construction of the Teresa's Mexican Restaurant.
We are bursting at the seams! 2015 has been a year of growth for Landform. We've built up our team to continue to expand our service offerings to our clients and increase our capacity to handle our client projects while maintaining the same exceptional service you've come to expect. An office expansion and renovation of our Minneapolis office is underway to create a more collaborative work environment with nearly double the size.
Look for great things to come in 2016 and watch for progress on Twitter!