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Made in Minnesota Solar Thermal Rebate   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/13/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Pool Heating
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Multi-Family Residential
Maximum Incentive:Single-Family Residential: $2,500
Multi-Family Residential: $5,000
Commercial: $25,000
Eligible System Size:Commercial systems may have a capacity of up to 40 kW and residential systems may have a capacity of up to 10 kW.
Equipment Requirements:Must be "Made in Minnesota"
Program Budget:$250,000 per year
Start Date:1/1/2014
Expiration Date:12/31/2023
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
H.F. 729

Note: This program is only available to customers of one of the state's investor-owned utilities (Alliant, Minnesota Power, Otter Tail Power Company, Xcel Energy). Customers of a municipal utility or rural electric cooperative are ineligible for this program.

Beginning in 2014, the Department of Commerce is offering a Made in Minnesota Solar Thermal Rebate program. Rebates are 25% of installed costs, with a $2,500 maximum for residential systems, $5,000 maximum for multi-family residential systems, and $25,000 for commercial systems. Approximately half of the budget will be allocated for solar thermal hot water systems and half will be allocated for solar thermal air projects. The components of the system must be manufactured in Minnesota and the solar thermal system must be SRCC certified.

  General Contact
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 7th Place East
Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 296-4026
Web Site:
NCSU - home
Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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