“Solar energy incentives will help boost the state’s solar market and make solar more affordable for
consumers and businesses,” said Commerce Commissioner
Mike Rothman. “This program will spur local job growth and development in Minnesota .” Minnesota
The solar incentive program includes up to $250,000 per year in rebates for the installation of “Made in
” solar thermal systems in the state. The solar
thermal system may be installed in residential or commercial facilities for,
among other uses, hot water or space heating purposes. A solar thermal system
is “Made in Minnesota ” if components of the system are manufactured in Minnesota and the solar thermal system is certified by the
Solar Rating and Certification Corporation. Minnesota
Currently, the solar thermal systems certified for the solar thermal rebate program are available from three Minnesota companies: Solar Skies, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Energy Conservation Products and Services. All of the solar thermal collectors currently manufactured by the three companies meet the Made in
certification criteria. The rebate program is
attracting interest among manufacturers nationwide. The Solar Thermal Collector
Certification Application is available to manufacturers and
available on the Commerce Department’s website. Minnesota
Who can apply for the solar thermal rebate?
Rebates are available to customers of the following investor-owned utilities: Xcel Energy,
Power, and Otter Tail Power. Applications will be
accepted annually between January 1 and February 28 each year starting in 2014
through 2023 and will be selected by lottery. Applications for the solar
thermal rebates and solar electric incentives will be posted on the Commerce Energy website beginning
Alliant Energy, Minnesota January
Solar thermal rebate amounts
Up to $250,000 per year in rebates will be available from 2014 to 2023. The solar thermal system rebates are as follows:
· Single family residential dwellings
The maximum rebate amount is either 25% of the installed cost of a complete system or $2,500, whichever is lesser.
· Multiple family residential dwellings
The maximum rebate amount is either 25% of the installed cost of a complete system or $5,000, whichever is lesser.
· Commercial installations
The maximum rebate available is either 25% of the installation cost of the complete system or $25,000, whichever is lesser.
The systems must be installed by a factory- authorized installer. The Commerce Department will allocate approximately 50% of the rebates each year to solar thermal hot water systems and 50% to solar thermal air projects if sufficient applications are made for each category.
The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is administered by the Department of Commerce with an annual budget of $15 million for 10 years. The program is funded through two sources: 5% of each public electric utility’s total annual Conservation Improvement Program budget and the Xcel Renewable Development Fund, with the RDF providing approximately $12 million in the first year.
More information on the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is available online. Questions about the program can be directed to the Department of Commerce Energy Information Line: 651-539-1886 or toll free at 1-800-657-3710.