Gov. Kristi Noem signs legislation to expand South Dakota wind and solar energy potential

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that would streamline solar and wind development on state-owned lands.

House Bill 1031 would allow the Office of School and Public Lands to issue one agreement for wind and solar leases or easements under one set of rules. This will simplify the process, which currently involves multiple agreements under different rules. HB1031 will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

“Our economy and security are reliant on an energy supply that is accessible, abundant, and affordable,” said Noem. “This bill takes a step toward expanding the potential of South Dakota wind and solar energy. I’m proud to sign it into law today.”

Noem also signed a number of other pieces of legislation Tuesday afternoon, including:

  • HB1014 – An act to repeal certain provisions regarding payments of the tax imposed on financial institutions and banks
  • HB1015 – An act to revise certain references to the Internal Revenue Code
  • HB1031 – An act to authorize certain wind and solar easements and leases by the commissioner of School and Public Lands
  • SB0005 – An act to codify legislation enacted in 2018
  • SB0011 – An act to revise certain provisions regarding the granting of work permits to minors who refuse to submit to chemical analyses
  • SB0020 – An act to update certain provisions regarding consumer protection.
  • SB0021 – An act to authorize certain tobacco manufacturers to assign to the state the interest of the manufacturer in any money in a qualified escrow fund
  • SB0035 – An act to revise and repeal provisions regarding revocation of occupational licenses


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