Wind and Solar-Electric (PV) Systems Exemption

Wind

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small)

 

Net Metering

Note: Ongoing issues related to Minnesota’s Community Solar Garden rules and program implementation are being considered in Docket No. E002/M-13-867. This entry will be updated as necessary to…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric, Municipal Solid Waste… More

 

Solar and Wind Easements & Local Option Rights Laws

Minnesota law also allows local zoning boards to restrict development for the purpose of protecting access to sunlight. In addition, zoning bodies may create variances in zoning rules in…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat… More

 

Renewable Development Fund (RDF)

2011: 27-29 casks 2012: 30-32 casks 2013: 33-35 casks 2014: 36-38 casks 2016: 39-41 casks 2017: 42-44 casks 2019: 45-47 casks

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric, Combined Heat & Power… More

 

Interconnection Standards

In response to state legislation enacted in 2001, in September 2004 the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) adopted an order establishing generic standards for utility tariffs for…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Xcel Energy- Renewable Development Fund Grants

The Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund (RDF) was created in 1999 as an outcome of 1994 Minnesota legislation concerning spent nuclear fuel at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island Nuclear Plant. The…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric… More

 

Minnesota Power- SolarSense Solar Rebate Program

Minnesota Power offers a rebate of $750 per kilowatt (kW) DC for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a bonus incentive of $250 per kW if the system is installed by a North American…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Residential, Multifamily Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Solar Energy Sales Tax Exemption

“a set of devices whose primary purpose is to collect solar energy and convert and store it for useful purposes including heating and cooling buildings or other energy-using processes, or to…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics… More

 

Minnesota Power- Power Grant Program

Grants are ranked and awarded based on least grant cost per kW (annually) and/or kWh (lifetime). Design assistance grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis. All improvements qualify for a $200/kW…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

Shakopee Public Utilities- Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Shakopee Public Utilities has a new Retrocommissioning program. Clink on the website link to learn more.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Federal Government, Agricultural

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers… More

 

Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Tariff

The C-BED tariff rate must be higher in the first 10 years of the agreement than the last 10 years. The intent of this structure is to provide renewable energy projects with better cash flow during…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Municipal Utilities… More

Savings Category: Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydrogen… More

 

Rochester Public Utilities- Solar Rebate Program

Rochester Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $0.50 per watt while eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area. Systems must fully comply with equipment and installation requirements set forth by RPU. In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Rochester Public Utilities. An energy audit must also be performed prior to system installation and results…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, State Government… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Austin Utilities- Solar Rebate Program

In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Austin Utilities. An energy audit must be performed prior to system installation and…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, State Government… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Owatanna Public Utilities- Solar Rebate Program

In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Owatanna Public Utilities. An energy audit must be performed prior to system installation…

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, State Government… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Brainerd Public Utilities- Renewable Incentives Program

Brainerd Public Utilities offers a rebate program for customers that install solar photovoltaic systems. Rebates are $2 per watt, up to $4,000. Systems are limited to 40 kW, in compliance with Minnesota’s net metering policy.  For more information, contact Scott Sjolund below.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Moorhead Public Service Utility- Renewable Energy Incentive

As of February 5, 2015 funds for this program are fully expended and unavailable at this time.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)

 

New Ulm Public Utilities- Solar Electric Rebate Program

New Ulm Public Utilities provides solar photovoltaic (PV) rebates for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Rebates are for $1 per nameplate watt, and customers must sign a net…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Xcel Energy- Solar*Rewards Program

Xcel Energy offers a solar production incentive for systems 20 kW-DC or less through its Solar*Rewards program.

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Made in Minnesota Solar PV Incentive Program

Since January 2014, The Department of Commerce (DOC) has administered the Made in Minnesota Solar Energy Production Incentive pursuant to H.F. 729, which was enacted in May 2013. Systems must be …

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Value of Solar Tariff

Note: No utility in Minnesota has yet adopted the Value of Solar Tariff in lieu of net metering.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric- The Sunna Project

The Sunna Project allows any member to suscribe to the solar community program. The subscription includes the allocation of energy produced by their subscriped panel(s) to offset  their monthly…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Water Heaters

 

Rural Minnesota Energy Board PACE Program

Note:  In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Geothermal Heat Pumps… More

 

Saint Paul Port Authority PACE Program

Note:  In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Geothermal Heat Pumps… More

 

Source: U.S. Department of Energy