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AGRICULTURE
(505 ILCS 147/) Wind Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act.

505 ILCS 147/1

    (505 ILCS 147/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Renewable Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-132, eff. 7-24-15; 100-598, eff. 6-29-18.)

505 ILCS 147/5

    (505 ILCS 147/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The primary purpose of this Act is to promote the State's welfare by protecting landowners during the construction and deconstruction of commercial renewable energy facilities.
(Source: P.A. 99-132, eff. 7-24-15; 100-598, eff. 6-29-18.)

505 ILCS 147/10

    (505 ILCS 147/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Abandonment of a commercial wind energy facility" means when deconstruction has not been completed within 18 months after the commercial wind energy facility reaches the end of its useful life. For purposes of this definition, a commercial wind energy facility will be presumed to have reached the end of its useful life if (1) no electricity is generated for a continuous period of 12 months and (2) the commercial wind energy facility owner fails, for a period of 6 consecutive months, to pay the landowner amounts owed in accordance with the underlying agreement.
    "Abandonment of a commercial solar energy facility" means when deconstruction has not been completed within 12 months after the commercial solar energy facility reaches the end of its useful life. For purposes of this definition, a commercial solar energy facility shall be presumed to have reached the end of its useful life if the commercial solar energy facility owner fails, for a period of 6 consecutive months, to pay the landowner amounts owed in accordance with the underlying agreement.
    "Agricultural impact mitigation agreement" means an agreement between the commercial wind energy facility owner or the commercial solar energy facility owner and the Department of Agriculture described in Section 15 of this Act.
    "Commercial renewable energy facility " means a commercial wind energy facility or commercial solar energy facility as defined in this Act.
    "Commercial solar energy facility" means a solar energy conversion facility equal to or greater than 500 kilowatts in total nameplate capacity, including a solar energy conversion facility seeking an extension of a permit to construct granted by a county or municipality before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly. "Commercial solar energy facility" does not include a solar energy conversion facility: (1) for which a permit to construct has been issued before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly; (2) that is located on land owned by the commercial solar energy facility owner; (3) that was constructed before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly; or (4) that is located on the customer side of the customer's electric meter and is primarily used to offset that customer's electricity load and is limited in nameplate capacity to less than or equal to 2,000 kilowatts.
    "Commercial solar energy facility owner" means a private commercial enterprise that owns a commercial solar energy facility. A commercial solar energy facility owner is not nor shall it be deemed to be a public utility as defined in the Public Utilities Act.
    "Commercial wind energy facility" means a wind energy conversion facility of equal or greater than 500 kilowatts in total nameplate generating capacity. "Commercial wind energy facility" includes a wind energy conversion facility seeking an extension of a permit to construct granted by a county or municipality before the effective date of this Act. "Commercial wind energy facility" does not include a wind energy conversion facility: (1) that has submitted a complete permit application to a county or municipality and for which the hearing on the completed application has commenced on the date provided in the public hearing notice, which must be before the effective date of this Act; (2) for which a permit to construct has been issued before the effective date of this Act; or (3) that was constructed before the effective date of this Act.
    "Commercial wind energy facility owner" means a private commercial enterprise that owns or operates a commercial wind energy facility. A commercial wind energy facility owner is not nor shall it be deemed to be a public utility as defined in the Public Utilities Act.
    "Construction" means the installation, preparation for installation, or repair of a commercial renewable energy facility.
    "County" means the county where the commercial renewable energy facility is located.
    "Deconstruction" means the removal of a commercial renewable energy facility from the property of a landowner and the restoration of that property as provided in the agricultural impact mitigation agreement.
    "Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
    "Landowner" means any person (1) with an ownership interest in property that is used for agricultural purposes and (2) that is a party to an underlying agreement.
    "Underlying agreement" means the written agreement with a landowner, including, but not limited to, an easement, option, lease, or license, under the terms of which another person has constructed, constructs, or intends to construct a commercial wind energy facility or commercial solar energy facility on the property of the landowner.
(Source: P.A. 99-132, eff. 7-24-15; 100-598, eff. 6-29-18.)

505 ILCS 147/15

    (505 ILCS 147/15)
    Sec. 15. Agricultural impact mitigation agreement.
    (a) A commercial renewable energy facility owner of a commercial wind energy facility or a commercial solar energy facility that is located on landowner property shall enter into an agricultural impact mitigation agreement with the Department outlining construction and deconstruction standards and policies designed to preserve the integrity of any agricultural land that is impacted by commercial renewable energy facility construction and deconstruction. The construction and deconstruction of any commercial solar energy facility shall be in conformance with the Department's standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement referenced in subsection (f) of this Section. Except as provided in subsection (a-5) of this Section, the terms and conditions of the Department's standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement are subject to and may be modified by an underlying agreement between the landowner and the commercial solar energy facility owner.
    (a-5) Prior to the commencement of construction, a commercial solar energy facility owner shall submit to the county in which the commercial solar facility is to be located a deconstruction plan. A commercial solar energy facility owner shall provide the county with an appropriate financial assurance mechanism consistent with the Department's standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement for and to assure deconstruction in the event of an abandonment of a commercial solar energy facility.
    (b) The agricultural impact mitigation agreement for a commercial wind energy facility shall include, but is not limited to, such items as restoration of agricultural land affected by construction, deconstruction (including upon abandonment of a commercial wind energy facility), construction staging, and storage areas; support structures; aboveground facilities; guy wires and anchors; underground cabling depth; topsoil replacement; protection and repair of agricultural drainage tiles; rock removal; repair of compaction and rutting; land leveling; prevention of soil erosion; repair of damaged soil conservation practices; compensation for damages to private property; clearing of trees and brush; interference with irrigation systems; access roads; weed control; pumping of water from open excavations; advance notice of access to private property; indemnification of landowners; and deconstruction plans and financial assurance for deconstruction (including upon abandonment of a commercial wind energy facility).
    (b-5) The agricultural impact mitigation agreement for a commercial solar energy facility shall include, but is not limited to, such items as restoration of agricultural land affected by construction, deconstruction (including upon abandonment of a commercial solar energy facility); support structures; aboveground facilities; guy wires and anchors; underground cabling depth; topsoil removal and replacement; rerouting and permanent repair of agricultural drainage tiles; rock removal; repair of compaction and rutting; construction during wet weather; land leveling; prevention of soil erosion; repair of damaged soil conservation practices; compensation for damages to private property; clearing of trees and brush; access roads; weed control; advance notice of access to private property; indemnification of landowners; and deconstruction plans and financial assurance for deconstruction (including upon abandonment of a commercial solar energy facility). The commercial solar energy facility owner shall enter into one agricultural impact mitigation agreement for each commercial solar energy facility.
    (c) For commercial wind energy facility owners seeking a permit from a county or municipality for the construction of a commercial wind energy facility, the agricultural impact mitigation agreement shall be entered into prior to the public hearing required prior to a siting decision of a county or municipality regarding the commercial wind energy facility. The agricultural impact mitigation agreement is binding on any subsequent commercial wind energy facility owner that takes ownership of the commercial wind energy facility that is the subject of the agreement.
    (c-5) A commercial solar energy facility owner shall, not less than 45 days prior to commencement of actual construction, submit to the Department a standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement as referenced in subsection (f) of this Section signed by the commercial solar energy facility owner and including all information required by the Department. The commercial solar energy facility owner shall provide either a copy of that submitted agreement or a copy of the fully executed project-specific agricultural impact mitigation agreement to the landowner not less than 30 days prior to the commencement of construction. The agricultural impact mitigation agreement is binding on any subsequent commercial solar energy facility owner that takes ownership of the commercial solar energy facility that is the subject of the agreement.
    (d) If a commercial renewable energy facility owner seeks an extension of a permit granted by a county or municipality for the construction of a commercial wind energy facility prior to the effective date of this Act, the agricultural impact mitigation agreement shall be entered into prior to a decision by the county or municipality to grant the permit extension.
    (e) The Department may adopt rules that are necessary and appropriate for the implementation and administration of agricultural impact mitigation agreements as required under this Act.
    (f) The Department shall make available on its website a standard agricultural impact mitigation agreement applicable to all commercial solar energy facilities within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
    (g) Nothing in this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly and nothing in an agricultural impact mitigation agreement shall be construed to apply to or otherwise impair an underlying agreement for a commercial solar energy facility entered into prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 99-132, eff. 7-24-15; 100-598, eff. 6-29-18.)

505 ILCS 147/90

    (505 ILCS 147/90)
    Sec. 90. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-132, eff. 7-24-15; text omitted.)

505 ILCS 147/95

    (505 ILCS 147/95)
    Sec. 95. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-132, eff. 7-24-15; text omitted.)

505 ILCS 147/99

    (505 ILCS 147/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 99-132, eff. 7-24-15.)