Coon Rapids to allow large-scale solar gardens as principal use

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The Coon Rapids City Council amended the city’s solar ordinance last month to allow solar energy systems as a principal use on large parcels and catch up with modern technology.

The solar ordinance was initially adopted in 2014, sustainability planner Olivia Dorow Hovland said.

“Since then, technology and best practices have changed,” Dorow Hovland said.

The city had 16 new solar energy systems added last year.

Council Member Wade Demmer said the ordinance update will align more with modern solar technology.

“It fit at the time, but since then technology has gotten better, options have gotten better,” Demmer said. “This aligns well to what’s allowed in other cities, so it’s a good opportunity to at least behind other cities in what we allow our residents to do.”

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