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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Stearns Electric Association - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/09/2014
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Electronically Commutated Motor, AC Tune-up
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Agricultural
Amount:Refrigerator: $50 with recycling of old unit
Freezer: $50 with recycling of old unit
Clothes Washer: $25
Dishwasher: $25
Ductless Air-source Heat Pump: $100
Storage Space Heating: $25/kW
Storage Water Heater: $300
Air Source Heat Pump: $330 - $630
Geothermal Heat Pump: $200/ton
Central AC: $30 - $330
Electronically Commutated Motor: $50
AC Tune-up: $25
Equipment Requirements:Storage Space Heating: minimum of 5 kW electric heat installed
All appliances and air conditioners must be Energy Star rated
AC/Heat Pump: minimum SEER of 13
Installation Requirements:Air conditioners: must be installed by a certified HVAC contractor
Expiration Date:12/31/2012
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Note: Rebates are only available for the purchase of a new Energy Star rated appliance purchased on or after January 1, 2014. 
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 found on the program web site.

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Stearns Electric Association
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Melrose, MN 56325-9400
Phone: (320) 256-4241
Phone 2: (800) 962-0655
Fax: (320) 265-3618
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