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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Connexus Energy - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/08/2014
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, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, LED Lighting, RTU Economizers, Air Handlers
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural
Amount:Custom: Varies
Lighting: Varies
LED Exit Signs: $10
LED Traffic Signals: $12.75 - $55/unit
Lighting Controls: $7 - $40
Variable Frequency Drive: $30/hp
Motors: $15/HP
Rooftop Units/Split Systems/Condensers: $18/ton plus $5/ton for each 0.1 EER above minimum standard
Air Source Heat Pumps: $118/ton plus $5/ton for each 0.1 EER above minimum standard
RTU Economizers: 13/RTU ton
Chillers: $10 - $20/ton plus $2/ton per 0.01 kW/ton below base
Cooling Towers: $3/nominal tower ton
Air Handling Systems: $170/VAV Box
Packaged Terminal AC/Heat Pumps: $10/ton plus $1.30 - $3.50/ton for each 0.1 EER above minimum standard
Water Source Heat Pumps: $13/ton plus $1.30/ton for each 0.1 EER above minimum standard
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $400/ton
Compressed Air Evaluation: 50% of cost up to $15,000
Beverage Vending: $75
Refrigeration Case Door: $25
Maximum Incentive:The maximum rebate amount shall be the lesser of 50% of the project cost or $100,000
Equipment Requirements:See Individual Program Worksheets on Website
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Connexus Energy provides rebates to commercial, industrial and agricultural customers in order to encourage energy efficiency. Business customers are eligible for free energy evaluations and a variety of rebates on qualifying technologies, including:

  • high-efficiency lighting (rebates vary depending on the number of lamps installed and type of fixture) 
  • geothermal heat pumps 
  • chillers and air conditioners 
  • adjustable speed drives 
  • motor systems 
  • beverage machine controllers 
  • LED traffic signals 

Rebate forms for these technologies are available at the program web site. Custom incentives are also available; contact Connexus Energy to talk with a representative regarding custom rebates for energy-efficiency in businesses.

To receive a rebate for new motor systems, the nameplate on the motor must clearly show the standards given by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Motors with a greater power than 200 horsepower must be evaluated and approved by Connexus Energy before any rebate can be received.

Review the individual rebate worksheets available on the program web site for more information.



  Program Manager - CE
Connexus Energy
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14601 Ramsey Boulevard NW
Ramsey, MN 55303
Phone: (763) 323-2650
Phone 2: (763) 323-2600
Fax: (763) 323-2603
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