Getting Started with Solar – Crystal Bay Solar Landing Page

This page contains information about solar energy in Crystal Bay. Crystal Bay is part of the SolSmart program, a national designation program through the Department of Energy recognizing SolSmart is a national recognition program which encourages cities to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to grow solar energy.

About Solar Energy

Solar energy can be used to generate electricity, to provide hot water, and to heat, cool, and light buildings.  

Minnesota is a great place for solar energy.  Believe it or not, much of the Midwest has the same solar potential as Tallahassee, FL and Houston, TX! Through a combination of utility rebates and new technology, solar electricity continues to become more affordable and a more common part of our energy system. 

Zoning, Permit and Inspection Process

For solar systems in Crystal Bay, the following permit process is required

  • Electrical permits are granted through the State of MN. To apply for an electrical permit online, click here.
  • Crystal Bay does not enforce the Minnesota State building code, so no building permit is required.
  • A land use permit may be required as specified in the Lake County zoning ordinance, linked here.
  • Inspections occur through a State of Minnesota Inspector, more information can be found on the state webpage
  • Solar PV Inspection Checklist for Minnesota can be found at this link
  • For more information on electrical permitting, contact our state inspectors:
  • Ronald Beldo: 218-290-3742
  • Bruce Bonicatto: 218-780-5014

Interested in your own solar energy system? 
Wondering if a particular site in Minnesota is good for solar energy? The Minnesota Solar Suitability App  can help. This tool displays the solar potential of every spot in the state of Minnesota. With this data, and the services provided through this application, home and business owners can easily identify the solar potential of their property.  

How can I find a solar developer?  
Minnesota is home to many solar companies. The Clean Energy Project Builder is a great place to find an assortment of clean energy businesses including solar installers, community solar garden developers, energy auditors and more state webpage

Special Informational Meeting Thursday August 1st, 7:00p.m.

Crystal Bay Township Special Informational Meeting

Thursday August 1st, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at the Clair Nelson Center

Representatives from Wenck Associates and Lake County will provide information and answer question regarding the upcoming Finland Wastewater Assessment Project. The project will assess residents’ current septic systems and will assess the potential for a community wastewater system.

Affidavits of Candidacy Accepted Now through August 14, 2018

Would you like to join the Crystal Bay Township Board? Here is your first step!

Town Offices to file for:

Supervisor – 4 year term — David Abazs, Incumbent
Supervisor – 4 year term — Paul Hartshorn, Incumbent
Treasurer – 4 year term — Lise Abazs, Incumbent

Filing of Affidavits of Candidacy can be done through the Township Clerk now through August 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. A non-refundable filing fee of $2.00 is required.

Call the Township Clerk, Debbie Johansen, at 218-353-7730 if you are interested in starting the process!

The Town of Crystal Bay’s Township Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

Crystal Bay Township is exclusively a mail-in ballot Township. Ballots will be mailed out to all registered voters.

Not sure if you’re registered? Check the Secretary of State’s Election and Voting Portal here:


Board of Review – April 26, 2018

The annual Board of Review will be held at 1 p.m. on April 26, 2018 at the Clair Nelson Intermodal Transportation Center in Finland, MN. If you have comments or questions on the tax assesment of your Crystal Bay Township property, please show up and communicate them to your Board and Assesor!

Check Your Voting Status!

As some are already aware, the Township of Crystal Bay is a Mail-In voting district! And with an important election coming up this year, it is essential for every voting member of the Township to ensure they are registered! Double-checking your registration will ensure that you will have a ballot sent to your correct address, and your voice will count this November!

Check out the Secretary of State’s Election and Voting Portal here:

You can also call or text the Township Clerk, Deb Johansen at 218-353-7730, and you can also attend the Township’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm at the Clair Nelson Community Center at 6866 Cramer Rd, Finland, MN 55603.