KASSON — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is seeking public input concerning a proposed 200 megawatt solar farm proposed to be built south of U.S. Highway 14 between Kasson and Byron.

The project would cover 1,801 acres for the solar farm and another 52.7 acres for the right-of-way required for the proposed 3-mile route for high-voltage transmission lines to the Byron substation. The project is expected to begin construction in 2023, and to have the solar energy plant online by 2024.

The comment period, which opened Wednesday, runs through 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24, and the reply comment period runs through 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Comments received after those deadlines may or may not be considered by the PUC in evaluating the project. A public hearing, either in person or via group chat, will be scheduled at a later date.

The project application by Byron Solar, LLC seeks a certificate of need, a site permit and a route permit for the 200 mW project and 345 kilovolt transmission line in Olmsted and Dodge counties. Docket numbers for the different permits are IP-7041/CN-20-764 (certificate of need), IP-7041/GS-20-763 (site permit) and IP-7041/TL-20-765 (route permit).

Comments will be taken online at mn.gov/puc/consumers/public-comments then following the prompts, via email at publicadvisor.puc@state.mn.us, or via U.S. mail at Public Advisor – Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101. Include the docket number with all comments.

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Comments will be made available to the public via the PUC's website, except in limited circumstances consistent with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The PUC does not edit or delete personal identifying information from submissions.