Bill Text: IL SB3214 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Chaptered


Bill Title: Creates the Pollinator Friendly Solar Site Act. Provides that an owner of a ground-mounted solar site may follow practices that: (1) provide native perennial vegetation and foraging habitat which is beneficial to game birds, songbirds, and pollinators; and (2) reduce storm water runoff and erosion at the solar site. Provides that an owner or manager of a solar site with a generating capacity of more than 40 kilowatts implementing site management practices under the Act may claim that the site is "pollinator-friendly" or provides benefits to game birds, songbirds, and pollinators only if the site adheres to guidance set forth by the pollinator friendly scorecard published by the Department of Natural Resources in consultation with stakeholders. Provides that an owner making a beneficial habitat claim shall make the solar site's pollinator score card, and where available, related vegetation management plans, available to the public and provide a copy to the Department of Natural Resources and a nonprofit solar industry trade association of the State. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2018-08-21 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-1022 [SB3214 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB3214-Chaptered.html



Public Act 100-1022
SB3214 EnrolledLRB100 20410 SLF 35736 b
AN ACT concerning solar sites.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Pollinator Friendly Solar Site Act.
Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Natural Resources.
"Exotic weed" has the same meaning ascribed to the term in
Section 2 of the Illinois Exotic Weed Act.
"Noxious weed" has the same meaning ascribed to the term in
Section 2 of the Illinois Noxious Weed Law.
Section 10. Site management practices. An owner of a
ground-mounted solar site may follow practices that: (1)
provide native perennial vegetation and foraging habitat which
is beneficial to game birds, songbirds, and pollinators; and
(2) reduce storm water runoff and erosion at the solar site. To
the extent practicable, if establishing perennial vegetation
and beneficial foraging habitat, a solar site owner or manager
shall use native plant species and seed mixes that are free
from noxious weed or exotic weed seeds.
Section 15. Recognition of beneficial habitat. An owner or
manager of a solar site with a generating capacity of more than
40 kilowatts implementing site management practices under this
Act may claim that the site is "pollinator-friendly" or
provides benefits to game birds, songbirds, and pollinators
only if the site adheres to guidance set forth by the
pollinator friendly scorecard published by the Department in
consultation with the University of Illinois, Department of
Entomology. The scorecard shall be posted on the Department's
website on or before 6 months after the effective date of this
Act. An owner making a beneficial habitat claim shall make the
solar site's pollinator scorecard, and where available,
related vegetation management plans, available to the public
and provide a copy to the Department and a nonprofit solar
industry trade association of this State.
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.
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