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solar panels near Faribault
The Stearns County Board of Commissioners found that a solar farm was incompatible with a zoning district whose purpose is to “preserve the agricultural and rural character of land,” the Minnesota Court of Appeals stated. This photo shows solar panels near Faribault. (AP file photo: Jim Mone)

Court affirms solar farm rejection

Industry advocates point to lost revenue, jobs

Stearns County’s rejection of a proposed community solar farm has won approval from the Minnesota Court of Appeals, but industry and renewable energy advocates say such local decisions cost jobs and income for landowners.

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