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Minnesota Power - Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/15/2014
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Amount:Base Rebate: $1,000/kilowatt DC
NABCEP Bonus: $500/kilowatt
Nonprofit Bonus: $500/kilowatt
Maximum Incentive:$20,000 or 60% of installed costs, including NABCEP and Nonprofit bonuses
One rebate per customer per year
Equipment Requirements:Equipment must conform to the requirements of the State of Minnesota Rebate Program
Installation Requirements:Systems must be installed by an approved installer
Program Budget:$150,000 for PV and Solar Thermal (2014)
Start Date:2004
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Minnesota Power offers a rebate of $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) DC for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a maximum award of $20,000 per customer or 60% installed costs per customer. This program, which began in 2004, is available to the utility's residential, commercial and industrial customers that receive retail electric service, subject to availability of funding. Originally, Minnesota Power's rebate for PV systems could be combined with the Minnesota Office of Energy Security's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program; however, the state program is no longer available.

The following conditions apply to Minnesota Power's Solar-Electric Rebate Program:

  • Systems must be installed on or before December 31, 2014, and must meet the 12-month installation completion time line established by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program.
  • Minnesota Power's solar-electric rebate funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Minnesota Power to determine availability of funds.
  • Systems must be installed by a solar energy installer (see web site for further details).
  • Minnesota Power reserves the right to limit the number of rebates per installer per year.

Customers may also qualify for two different bonuses if they meet the base rebate requirements.

  • Customers that use a NABCEP-certified solar installer will receive an additional $800/kW.
  • Nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations can receive an additional $500/kW.

Application materials are available on the program web site.

  Al Lian
Minnesota Power
30 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 355-3824
Web Site:
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