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Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/06/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Vending Machine Controls, LED Lighting, Agricultural Ventilation, Dairy Plate Coolers, Air Handling System
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural
Amount:Lighting: Varies according to fixture type
Rooftop/Split System A/C: $18/ton, plus bonus of $5/ton for each 0.1 above base requirement
Air-Source Heat Pumps: $118/ton, plus bonus of $5/ton for each 0.1 above base requirement
Condenser: $18/ton, plus bonus of $5/ton for each 0.1 above base requirement
RTU Economizers: $13/ton
Chillers: $10 - $20 per ton, plus bonus rebate of $2/ton for each 0.01 kW/ton below base requirement
Cooling Towers: $3/nominal tower ton
Air Handling System: $170/VAV box
Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner: $10/ton, plus $1.75 - $3.50/ton per 0.1 EER above base
Water-Source Heat Pumps:$13/ton, plus $1.30/ton per 0.1 EER above base
Retrofit Motors: $15/HP
Variable Speed Drives: $30/HP
Vending Machine Controllers: $25-$75
Compressed Air Evaluation: 50% of cost up to $5,000
Ventilation: 50% of the project cost up to $5,000
Custom: Varies according to demand/energy use reduction
Mini-Split AC & ASHP: $200 - $300/ton
Geothermal Heat Pump: $200/ton
Fractional HP Motor Rebate: $5 - $15/motor
Agriculture: Dairy Plate Cooler
Dairy Free Water Heater
Custom Agriculture Ventilation
Custom Hog Farrowing
The lesser of 50 percent of the project cost or $5,000
Maximum Incentive:For lighting, motors, and ASDs, there is a maximum of 50% of the project cost, or $5,000
Agriculture Ventilation: 50% of cost or $100,000
Equipment Requirements:See program website
Web Site:

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) offers incentives to encourage commercial and industrial customers to increase the energy efficiency of facilities. Rebates are offered for the installation of energy efficient improvements, retrofit motors,variable speed drives, new or retrofit lighting, vending machine controllers, compressed air evaluations, ventilation systems, cooling systems and chillers.  Agricultural equipment and efficiency measures such as dairy plate coolers, dairy-free water heaters, agriculture ventilation, and custom hog farrowing are also eligible for rebates.  For information on these rebates please visit the program's website and view the corresponding rebate worksheet for each measure.

For most technologies, the maximum rebate is 50% of the project cost or $5,000 (unless otherwise pre-approved), agriculture rebates, however, have a maximum of $100,000. Projects not eligible for any of the prescriptive rebate programs may be eligible for a custom rebate based on electric demand and usage reduction. Qualifying members must apply for 2015 rebates no later than November 18, 2015

More information on all rebates, including specific contact information and applications, can be found on the web site listed above.

  Marvin Denzer
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative
125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive
Jordan, MN 55352
Phone: (952) 492-8249
Phone 2: (800) 282-6832
Web Site:
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