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Minnesota Power - Solar-Thermal Water Heating Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/14/2014
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential
Amount:25% of costs
Maximum Incentive:Single-family unit: $2,000
Two- to three-family units: $4,000
Multi-family units (four or more): $10,000
Businesses: $25,000
Equipment Requirements:System must use electric water heating as a backup
Installation Requirements:Systems must be installed by an approved installer
Program Budget:$150,000 for PV and solar thermal (2014)
Start Date:03/2010
Expiration Date:12/31/2014 (most recent application)
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Note: Applicants planning to add a battery backup system in conjunction with a solar system, you must also complete the battery backup system addendum form .

Minnesota Power offers a 25% rebate for qualifying solar thermal water heating systems. The maximum award for single-family customers is $2,000 per customer; $4,000 for 2-3 family unit buildings; $10,000 for buildings with 4 or more family units; and $25,000 for businesses. This program is available to the utility's residential, commercial, and industrial customers that receive retail electric service, subject to availability of funding.

The following conditions apply to Minnesota Power's Solar Thermal Water Heater Rebate Program:

  • Systems must be installed on or before December 31, 2014, and must meet the 12-month installation completion timeline.
  • Minnesota Power's Solar Hot Water 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.

For further program information please consult the program web site or contact Minnesota Power.

  Katie Gascoigne
Minnesota Power
30 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 355-3236
Web Site:
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