Minnesota Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Minnesota Rebates and Incentives Summary

Minnesota

This northern state is known for its plethora of lakes, broad swathes of forest, and the unique accent of its residents. It also has a thriving renewable sector, and has established itself as a leader in incentives and renewable energy policy

Minnesota’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) is one of the strongest in the nation, and requires utilities to source 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Solar energy saw a massive up-tick with the 2013 passage of the Solar Energy Jobs Act, which mandates that solar provide 1.5 % of energy sales by 2020 and encourages utilities to reach 10 % by 2030. Xcel Energy, the largest single Minnesota utility, expects to reach and possibly exceed those goals.

Minnesota has a diverse energy portfolio, with a strong reliance on natural gas and nuclear power. Interestingly, the state produces nearly as much energy from renewables as it does coal. Additionally, the state’s emphasis on efficiency means that though the state has brutally cold winters, it ranks 25th in the country for per capita residential energy use.

The solar industry is not without its critics, however. Although energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprints are top priorities for both Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota, whether solar and other renewables are the best investment receives debate at the state capital.

 

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Alexandria Light and Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) offers residential customers several rebate programs, including Energy Star Appliance rebates, Residential Central AC or Heat Pump Rebates, and Water Heater rebates. Eligible equipment includes:

  • Clothes washers 
  • Dishwashers 
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • Room Air Conditioners 
  • ECM in New Furnace/Air Handler/Fan Coil 
  • Water Heaters 
  • Central AC
  • Geothermal and Air-Source Heat Pumps
  • LED lighting

ALP also offers a rebates on hot water heaters. To be eligible for the rebate, hot water heaters must be connected to an energy control unit to cycle or

Alliant Energy - Low-Interest Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Summary
Alliant Energy offers low-interest financing program for the installation of energy efficient improvements. Businesses, residences, farms, or agricultural-related businesses are eligible if Alliant Energy supplies the electricity or natural gas on a retail rate basis for the applicable technology.
Interest rates for financing range from 0% - 6.9%. The minimum loan amount is $1,500 and the maximum loan amount under this program is $25,000. Customers who qualify for the low-interest financing per the financial institution's requirements, pay no fees (processing fees, points, down payments, or

Anoka Municipal Utility - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Anoka Municipal Utilities (AMU) offers incentives for residential customers to install energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs in eligible homes. Rebates are available for Energy Star qualified central A/C units, room air conditioners, compact fluorescent light bulbs, refrigerators, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, and dishwashers. Some restrictions apply to this program. All equipment standards must be met in order to qualify for a rebate. Customers should contact AMU or visit the program web site for full details and application forms.

Austin Utilities (Gas and Electric) - Residential Conserve and Save Rebate Program

Summary

Austin Utilities offers incentives to its residential customers for the installation of energy-efficient equipment in homes. Rebates are available for both electric and natural gas equipment. Eligible equipment includes a variety of appliances, room and central A/C, heat pumps, boilers, furnaces, water heaters, lighting, ceiling fans, insulation, and programmable thermostats. Recycling rebates for refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and room air conditioners are only available to customers who properly recycle their old working models. Austin Utilities will reimburse the customer for

Austin Utilities - Solar Rebate Program

Summary

Austin Utilities provides incentives for their residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn 50¢ per watt; eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area. Incentives are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Austin Utilities obtains the right to withdraw the program at any time without notice.

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

Blooming Prairie Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its 18 non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Blooming Prairie Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of participating homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and

Building Energy Code

Summary

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP web sites.

Authority for adopting the state energy codes was previously vested in the Energy Security Office of the Department of Commerce (originally the Department of Public Services). In 1999-2000, the state legislature transferred this authority to the Building Codes and Standards Division within the Department of

CenterPoint Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

CenterPoint Energy offers residential high-efficiency heating system and water heater rebates to Minnesota customers. These systems can greatly enhance savings and performance in residences which install high efficiency equipment. All equipment requirements must be met in order to receive rebate. Rebate forms must be turned in by December 31, 2017. See program website and application forms for other program details. 

City of Minneapolis - Solar Energy System

Summary

The purpose of this policy is to help define appropriate locations for solar energy systems, to ensure compatibility with surrounding uses, and to promote safe and effective use of solar energy to increase opportunities for renewable energy generation.

In general, solar energy systems are allowed in all zoning districts. Solar energy system must comply with the minimum yard requirements of the district where they are located. Screening of solar energy systems is not required.

For building-mounted solar energy systems, the height of the system shall not be more than three (3) feet above a slanted

City of Minneapolis - Wind Energy Conversion Systems

Summary

The intent of this policy is to define appropriate locations for wind energy conversion systems, to ensure compatibility with surrounding uses, and to promote safe, effective and efficient use of wind energy conversion systems to increase opportunities for generation of renewable energy. 

Building mounted wind energy conversion systems shall be permitted in all zoning districts. The systems shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height. Structures must be less than four (4) stories and forty-two (42) feet in height. If the building is nonresidential, the wind energy system must be setback at

Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Tariff

Summary
Under the Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Tariff, originally enacted through state legislation in 2005 and subsequently amended, each public utility in Minnesota is required to file with the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to create a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for community-owned renewable energy projects. The original legislation was enacted in 2005 but has been amended several times subsequently.

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

Comprehensive Energy Savings Plan for State Facilities

Summary

Minnesota has several energy efficiency policies for state buildings, dating back to 2001. In April 2011, Governor Dayton signed a series of Executive Orders which created a comprehensive energy savings plan for state facilities. In addition to creating several new initiatives, the Orders also incorporated existing energy efficiency and renewable energy statutes and programs.

Energy Reduction Requirements
Executive Order 11-12 set a goal of reducing energy use in state facilities by 20%. The Order does not set a deadline for reaching this goal, but sets deadlines for establishing

Connexus Energy - Residential Efficient HVAC Rebate Program

Summary

Connexus Energy offers rebates for residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for air source heat pumps, ductless heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps. Equipment must meet all efficiency standards listed on the web site, and must be installed by a certified HVAC contractor. Contact Connexus Energy for other program details.

Crow Wing Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Crow Wing Power offers several incentives for residential consumers to increase the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are issued on a first come, first served basis and are available for central air conditioners, air source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, electronically commuted motors, refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, LED lighting, and off-peak water heating. Rebates on heat pumps and air conditioners vary by system efficiency. In addition to these rebates, consumers can also receive special electric rate reductions if they take part in one of Crow Wing Power's demand-shifting

Dakota Electric Association - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Dakota Electric Association provides incentives for residential customers to install energy efficient equipment in the home. Rebates are available for a variety of products including:

  • Heat pumps (air-source and geothermal)
  • Air conditioners (central and room unit)
  • System tune-ups
  • Electric heating
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • ECM Furnace Motor
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Lighting
  • Solar panels

Limited rebate funds are available, and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Some incentives vary by the efficiency of the purchased equipment. Detailed program requirements and

Duluth Comfort Systems - Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Summary

Duluth Comfort Systems offers a loan program for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of homes located within the city. Loans are available for insulation, air sealing, furnace replacements, water heaters, lighting improvements, and certain appliances. Contact Duluth Comfort Systems regarding the eligibility of other improvements not listed here. An energy audit must be performed on participating homes in order to identify needed upgrades. All loans must be repaid within 10 years of project commencement. Only residents of Duluth are eligible for loans under this program.

East Central Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary
East Central Energy (ECE) provides rebates for residential customers to purchase energy efficient equipment. Rebates are offered for recycled refrigerators/freezers, central air conditioning units, HVAC electronically commutated motors (ECM), HVAC system tune-ups, air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, storage water heaters, and storage space heaters. In order to be eligible for heat pump and air conditioning rebates, installations must be completed by a certified HVAC contractor registered with ECE.

 

Elk River Municipal Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Elk River Municipal Utilities provides rebates to residential electric customers who purchase and install ENERGY STAR rated appliances and HVAC equipment. Eligible equipment includes:

  • Air Conditioners and Tune-Ups
  • Air-Source and Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Furnace Fan Motors
  • Pool Pumps
  • Refrigerators and Freezers (also recycling)
  • Water Heaters

In order to receive rebates for appliances, rebate application must be jointly filled out with appliance dealer. Installation of central A/C and heat pumps must be done by a pre-approved HVAC-certified

Fairmont Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Fairmont Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of their equipment. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source

Farm Opportunities Loan Program

Summary

The Farm Opportunity Loan Program (formerly known as the Sustainable Agriculture Loan Program) is designed to finance the purchase of equipment to add value to crops or livestock, adopt best management practices, reduce agricultural inputs to improve the environment, and increase on-farm energy production. Eligible loan uses do not include expenses related to seed, fertilizer, fuel, or other operating expenses. Refinancing of existing debt is not an eligible expense.

This is a loan participation program available through the Rural Finance Authority (RFA). Farmers will work through their local

Fix-Up Loan

Summary

The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency's (MHFA) Fix-up Loan provides low-interest financing for energy conservation and other basic improvements to residential properties. A higher loan amount may be available for improvements that enhance the accessibility of the home for a disable family member. Loans are available for up to $15,000. To be eligible for the loan, the home must be occupied by the property owner. 

Another key feature of the MHFA home improvement loan program is the opportunity for homeowners to contract with approved lenders directly. Click here for lenders that serve the Twin

Grand Marais PUC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Grand Marais Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), ceiling fans with lighting, light fixtures (e.g.,

Great River Energy (28 Member Cooperatives) - Commercial and Industrial Efficiency Rebates

Summary
Great River Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative which serves 28 electric distribution cooperatives in Minnesota, offers rebates for the installation of certain energy efficiency improvements to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers of its member utilities. The list of eligible measures generally includes lighting, motors, adjustable speed drives, compressed air systems, refrigeration, and HVAC devices. However, the rebate programs are administered by each individual electric distribution cooperative so program specifics may vary depending on the

Home Energy Loan Program

Summary

The Home Energy Loan Program is a statewide program of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency administered by the Center for Energy and Environment Financial Resources. It offers low interest loans to homeowners who want to make energy improvements to their properties. Eligible improvements include water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, building insulation, windows, and doors. Custom improvements may be eligible as determined by the program administrator.

The property should be single-family (1-4 units) residential. There is no maximum annual household income limit. Loans are secured

Hutchinson Utilities Commission - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Summary

Hutchinson Utilities Commission (HUC) offers a variety of rebates to residents of Hutchinson who perform energy conservation improvements to their home. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment including furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, geothermal and air-source heat pumps, water heaters, refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, and LED lighting. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program website. Rebates are also available for central air conditioner tune-ups. The rebate applicatio

Interconnection Standards

Summary

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 interconnection and the operation of distributed generation facilities up to 10 megawatts (MW) in capacity. 

The MPUC has developed a streamlined, uniform interconnection application and a process that addresses safety, economics, and reliability issues. MPUC standards contain technical requirements related to engineering studies, mandatory minimum insurance requirements for different sized systems, equipment

Lake City Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Lake City Utilities provides incentives for its residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal),

Lake Country Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Lake Country Power (LCP) encourages energy efficiency by offering financial incentives to residential customers. Rebates are available for ENERGY STAR® rated products purchased in the current program year. All equipment requirements must be met in order for installations to be eligible. Eligible products include:

  • refrigerators 
  • freezers 
  • heat pumps 
  • ECM furnace motors 
  • air-source and geothermal heat pumps 
  • CFLs and lighting fixtures

More information, including a rebate summary sheet and rebate applications, can be found at the web site listed above.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) offers a variety of rebates for residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for Energy Star refrigerators and freezers, ductless air-source and geothermal heat pumps, and the proper recycling of older freezers, refrigerators, and CFLS. The program web site will contain all necessary rebate forms. The rebate application forms and a copy of the invoice/receipt must be submitted to the utility in order to receive rebates. View equipment-specific requirements for ductless air-source heat pumps and geothermal heat

Litchfield Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Litchfield Public Utilities provides incentives for its residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal),

Marshall Municipal Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) offers a variety of incentives for its residential customers to install energy-efficient equipment in homes. Rebates are available for ENERGY STAR equipment, including:

  • Clothes washers
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Room A/C units
  • Water heaters
  • Central A/C
  • Heat pumps

Customers who qualify for the Commercial Interruptible Rate are also eligible for rebates on dual fuel systems, stored heat and alternative heat sources. Customers seeking rebates for central A/C units, heat pumps or water heaters must participate in the

Marshall Municipal Utilities - Solar Thermal Water Heater Rebate Program

Summary

To invest in a renewable resource, consider an ENERGY STAR Solar Thermal Water Heater and use free energy from the sun to heat your water. Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) offers rebates of $20 per square foot of collector area up to a maximum of $2,000 towards the installation of a qualifying ENERGY STAR Solar thermal water heating system. In addition to rebates, solar water heating systems are Minnesota sales and property tax exempt and currently qualify for a 30% federal tax credit.

For additional information regarding ENERGY STAR solar thermal water heating savings, rebates, and available

Minnesota Energy Resources (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Minnesota Energy Resources provides rebates to residential customers for the purchase of energy efficient natural gas equipment and set-back thermostats. Rebates are available for furnaces, boilers, integrated space and water heating systems, programmable thermostats, water heaters (tank and tankless), clothes washers, and drain water heat recovery devices. All equipment must meet certain efficiency standards listed on the program website. Purchases qualify for both new homes and renovations. The rebate application can be downloaded from the program web site. Applications are processed on a

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) offers financial incentives to encourage energy efficiency within the residential sector. Rebates are available for a variety of equipment including air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, Energy Star appliances, and electric resistance heating products. Contact MVEC for more information on this program and eligibility requirements.

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative -Residential Energy Resource Conservation Loan Program

Summary

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative offers low-interest loans to help residential customers finance energy efficiency improvements through the Energy Conservation Loan Program. More information and loan applications can be accessed from the web site listed above.

Minnkota Power Cooperative (17 Utilities) - PowerSavers Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Minnesota cooperatives and municipals in Minnkota Power Cooperative’s service territory are providing incentives for their residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the PowerSavers program. In addition to the rebates shown above, trained staff can visit the home and directly install water-saving devices, turn down water heater temperature as needed and install CFLs. While on site, the member services staff will also conduct a quick energy assessment. This includes taking a 10-point checklist of the home – the purpose of which is to record other future

MMPA - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Summary

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) serves 12 member communities in Minnesota. The following seven members participate in the MMPA We Save Program: Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, and Winthrop. Through these communities, MMPA offers rebates to residential customers for upgrading certain household equipment. Rebates are available for CFL bulbs, LED bulbs and fixtures, air-source heat pumps, central air conditioners, air conditioner tune-ups, dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator and freezer recycling. All appliances,

Mora Municipal Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Mora Municipal Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal),

New Prague Utilities Commission - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, New Prague Utilities Commission provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal),

New Ulm Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

New Ulm Public Utilities offers incentives for its residential, commercial, and industrial customers to install energy-efficient equipment in eligible homes and facilities. Equipment eligible for rebates include:

  • programmable thermostats
  • Energy Star appliances
  • boilers
  • furnaces
  • central A/C units
  • central A/C Cleaning
  • district energy system repair/modernization
  • room A/C units
  • lighting
  • furnace cleanings

In addition to equipment rebates, New Ulm Public Utilities offers an opportunity for customers to increase their energy efficiency through the ReLeaf Tree

New Ulm Public Utilities - Solar Electric Rebate Program

Summary

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 metering and interconnection agreement with the utility. Systems must be new and sized between 0.5 kilowatts (kW) and 40 kW. 

Contact New Ulm Public Utilities using the contact listed below for more information.

North Branch Municipal Water & Light - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, North Branch Municipal Water & Light provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and

Northern Municipal Power Agency - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary
Northern Municipal Power Agency, in association with the Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., offers a variety of rebates for the purchase of qualifying energy efficient equipment. Rebates are provided for the purchase of efficient clothes washers, CFL bulbs, water heaters, furnaces, air source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. All equipment and purchase requirements must be met in order to receive rebates. Equipment requirements and applications may be found on the program web site listed above. 

Otter Tail Power Company - Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Otter Tail Power Company Rebate Program offers rebates to qualifying commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers for the installation of high-efficiency equipment upgrades. See the program web site for applicability and maximum amounts for certain technologies. Under Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Plan (CIP), Minnesota customers are eligible for additional rebates, including:

  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Commercial Water Heating
  • Thermal Storage
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Commercial/Industrial Lighting
  • Motors/ASDs
  • Geothermal and Air-Source Heat Pumps

Otter Tail Power Company - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Otter Tail Power Company Rebate Program offers rebates to qualifying residential customers for the installation of high-efficiency equipment upgrades. See the program website for applicability and maximum amounts for certain technologies. Under Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Plan (CIP), Minnesota customers are eligible for additional rebates, including:

  • Water heating 
  • Thermal storage 
  • Adjustable speed drives 
  • Appliance recycling 
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Electronically commutated motors
  • Geothermal and air-source heat pumps
  • LED Lighting 
  • Smart thermostats

Owatanna Public Utilities - Solar Rebate Program

Summary

Owatanna Public Utilities provides incentives for their residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $0.50 per watt; eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area.

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 and results shared with OPU.

Incentives are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. OPU obtains the right to

Owatonna Public Utilities - Residential Conserve and Save Rebate Program

Summary

Owatonna offers incentives to residential customers who install energy-efficient equipment in homes through the Conserve and Save Rebate Program. Equipment rebates for refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners can be increased by properly recycling previously used, working units. Owatonna Public Utilities will reimburse the customer for the recycling costs if they have proof that they recycled an old unit and replaced it with an ENERGY STAR model. Rebate applications for measures purchased during the previous year are due by March 31 of the following year. 

All equipment requirements

Preston Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Preston Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal

Princeton PUC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Princeton PUC provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal), dehumidifiers,

Redwood Falls Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Redwood Falls Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and

Renewable Development Fund (RDF)

Summary

Xcel Energy's Renewable Development Fund (RDF) was created in 1999 pursuant to the 1994 Radioactive Waste Management Facility Authorization Law (Minn. Stat. § 116C.779). Originally, Xcel Energy was required to donate to the fund $500,000 annually for each dry cask containing spent nuclear fuel being stored at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant, amounting to about $9 million annually. Subsequent legislation, enacted in May 2003, extended nuclear-waste storage at Xcel Energy's Prairie Island plant and increased the amount Xcel must pay toward the development of renewable-energy resources to

Renewable Energy Production Incentive

Summary

Supported by the state's Renewable Development Fund, Minnesota offers a payment of 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for on-farm biogas facilities. Previously, this incentive also offered payments to wind and hydroelectric facilities, but no new incentives are being offered for these technologies.

Hydro Facility Eligibility

Generally, the incentive is available to hydro facilities located at the site of a dam, if the dam was in existence as of March 31, 1994, and begins generating electricity after July 1, 1994 or generates electricity after substantial refurbishing of a facility that begins

Rochester Public Utilities - Residential Conserve and Save Rebate

Summary
Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) offers incentives to residential customers for installing energy-efficient equipment in participating homes through the Conserve and Save Rebate Program. These incentives are available for a variety of appliances, air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnace fan motors. All program equipment requirements must be met in order to receive rebates. Applications for measures installed in the previous year must be received by March 31 of the following year. Rebates are available until calendar year program funding is exhausted. Contact RPU for any additional information

Rochester Public Utilities - Solar Rebate Program

Summary
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 shared

Rural Minnesota Energy Board PACE Program

Summary

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 homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not

Saint Paul Port Authority PACE Program

Summary

 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 homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do

Saint Peter Municipal Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

With help from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), Saint Peter Municipal Utilities provides incentives for its residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal), dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Appliances must be ENERGY STAR to qualify for the rebate, and bonus incentives are available in some cases if the old working appliance is properly recycled. Specific program details and

Shakopee Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Shakopee Public Utilities offers its residential customers rebates on a variety of energy-efficient appliances and equipment. Rebates are available on a first come, first served basis while funds last for LED lighting, room A/C, freezers and refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, mini-split ductless A/C, WaterSense toilets and irrigation controllers, and select appliance recycling. All rebate applications must include a receipt that provides proof of purchase (information needed: store name, customer name, date of sale, manufacturer name, model number, and date of installation).

Solar and Wind Easements & Local Option Rights Laws

Summary

Minnesota law provides for the creation of solar and wind easements for solar and wind-energy systems. As in many other states, these easements are voluntary contracts. However, unlike similar provisions in other states, Minnesota law specifically provides for wind easements in addition to solar easements. For tax purposes, an easement imposed on a property may decrease the property value, but an easement which benefits a property may not add value to that property.

Minnesota law also allows local zoning boards to restrict development for the purpose of protecting access to sunlight. In

Solar Equipment Certification Requirement

Summary

All active solar space-heating and water-heating systems that are sold, offered for sale, or installed on residential and commercial buildings in Minnesota must meet Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) standards. Specifically, the rule references SRCC's "Operating Guidelines" pertaining to collector certification and system certification: OG-100 and OG-300, respectively. Local building officials may issue permits for the installation of solar water-heating systems and solar space-heating systems after these systems have been certified by the SRCC. 

The administrative rules

Spring Valley Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Spring Valley Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes. Rebates are available for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners (central and room), lighting, heat pumps (air-source and geothermal),

Stearns Electric Association - Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Summary
Stearns Electric Association, through a program offered by Rural Utilities Services, offers its members low-interest Energy Resource Conservation (ERC) loans. The complete cost of making approved energy conservation improvements may be eligible for financing with an ERC loan at 5% interest. Up to $5,000 for qualifying improvements to homes, businesses, or agricultural buildings at least one year old. The maximum repayment schedule is set at 60 months on a $5,000 loan. Financed improvements to a residence must meet the criteria as outlined by the ERC loan program guidelines. Related costs for

Stearns Electric Association - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary
Note: Rebates are only available for the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR rated appliance purchased on or after January 1, 2017.    Stearns Electric Cooperative offers a variety of rebates to residential and farm members for making energy efficiency improvements in eligible homes. Rebates are available for ENERGY STAR appliances, HVAC equipment, and water heating equipment. All appliances must be Energy Star rated, and other equipment must also meet specific efficiency standards. Certain HVAC rebates may vary based upon system efficiency. Rebates and additional program information can be

Value-Added Stock Loan Participation Program

Summary

The Value-Added Stock Loan Participation Program was created in 1994 and is designed to help farmers finance the purchase of stock in certain types of cooperative, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership that will produce a "value-added agricultural product." This may include wind energy and anaerobic-digestion cooperatives if they meet the eligibility requirements (see Statute and Rules for details).

Like Minnesota's Agricultural Improvement Loan Program, this is a "participation loan" program, where loans are made by individual financial institutions working with the

Wells Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities:

  • Austin Utilities
  • Blooming Prairie Public Utilities
  • Fairmont Public Utilities
  • Grand Marais Public Utilities
  • Lake City Utilities
  • Litchfield Public Utilities
  • Mora Municipal Utilities
  • New Prague Utilities Commission
  • North Branch Municipal Water and Light
  • Owatonna Public Utilities
  • Preston Public Utilities
  • Princeton Public Utilities
  • Redwood Falls

Willmar Municipal Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Willmar Municipal Utilities offer rebates on ENERGY STAR rated appliances, water heaters and LED lighting. All equipment must be ENERGY STAR rated unless otherwise specified and equipment must meet program requirements. In addition to these rebates, WMU also offers a Load Sharing Program and several peak-shaving incentives. Participating customers can receive a $10 per month credit on electric bills if they allow their water heaters to be energized only from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM, and free load shifting equipment for air conditioners. Additional information, including applicable forms, can

Wind and Solar-Electric (PV) Systems Exemption

Summary

All real and personal property of wind energy systems are exempt from the state's property tax, except for the land on which the wind energy system is located. Under H.B. 3167, beginning with taxes payable in 2015, personal property consisting of solar energy generating systems is exempt from property taxation, but the real property (i.e., the land on which the solar energy generating system is located) is still subject to property tax. Wind and solar energy production taxes have replaced more typical forms of property tax.

Wind

In lieu of a property tax on large wind-energy electricity

Wind Energy Sales Tax Exemption

Summary

Wind-energy conversion systems used as electric-power sources are exempt from Minnesota's sales tax. Materials used to manufacture, install, construct, repair or replace wind-energy systems also are exempt from the state sales tax. A "wind energy conversion system" (WECS) is defined as any device, such as a wind charger, wind mill or wind turbine, that converts wind energy to a form of usable energy.

In order to claim the exemption, buyers must complete an exemption certificate (MN Dept. of Revenue Form ST3 - Certificate of Exemption) and supply it to the equipment seller.

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association provides financial incentives for its residential customers to purchase and install energy efficient HVAC equipment. Rebates are offered for qualified geothermal, air source, and ductless heat pumps, central air conditioners, ECM motors, pool pumps, electric vehicle chargers and electric water heating. Rebates for air-source heat pumps and central air conditioners vary based upon system efficiency. All equipment must meet program requirements and be installed within Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association service territory. Rebates

Xcel Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Summary
In addition to home energy audits, Xcel Energy offers rebates to Minnesota residential customers for the purchase of energy efficient HVAC systems, insulation, appliances and lighting equipment. Residential customers may also qualify for the Home Performance Rebate program, which offers incentives for comprehensive home upgrades.

Xcel Energy also offers the residential Saver's Switch program. Residents receive a bill credit during the summer months in exchange for agreeing to have their air conditioning systems cycled on and off during peak energy demand periods. Residents can also receive

Xcel Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Summary
In addition to home energy audits, Xcel Energy offers rebates to its Minnesota residential customers for the purchase of natural gas HVAC systems, insulation and water heating equipment. Residential customers may also qualify for the Home Performance Rebate program, which offers incentives for comprehensive home improvements.

Xcel Energy also offers the residential Saver's Switch program. Residents receive a bill credit during the summer months in exchange for agreeing to have air conditioning systems cycled on and off during peak energy demand periods. Residents can also receive audits at 70

Xcel Energy - Energy Design Assistance

Summary
Xcel Energy offers Energy Design Assistance (EDA) to qualified Colorado business customers. EDA gives customers a comprehensive approach to energy and cost savings for businesses considering new construction or renovation projects. EDA services can be tailored to the unique needs of each business. Featured services include: energy consulting services and predictive energy modeling, free to participants; enhanced services, including help toward a green building certification and early analyses in areas such as daylighting, lighting, massing, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC

Xcel Energy - Renewable Development Fund Grants

Summary

Note: Xcel is not currently accepting proposals for this program. The most recent application deadline was April 1, 2013. See the program web site for information regarding future solicitations.

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 original legislation has been amended and added to several times, expanding the amount of money collected by the fund and prescribing funding allocations for specific programs. Funding available for the

Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Program

Summary

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

Incentive Amount

The Solar*Rewards program offers an incentive based on the kWh production from the customer's PV system, as recorded by the production meter. The incentive is paid annually at $0.08 per kWh produced over 10 years.

Eligibility

The customer's system capacity may not be more than 120% of the customer's on-site annual energy consumption. Each year for the 5 years of the program (2014-2018), $5 million will be allocated from the Renewable Development Fund for the production