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Stearns Electric Association - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/08/2014
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Chillers , Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Motors, Motor VFDs, Agricultural Equipment, Vending Machine Controls, Dairy Plate Coolers, Dairy Heaters, Agriculture Ventilation
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
Amount:Variable Frequency Drives: $30/HP
Premium Efficiency Motor Retrofit: $15/HP
Lighting: varies by fixture, and retrofit or new construction
Agriculture Ventilation: 50% of cost
Dairy Cooling Plate: 50% of cost
Cooling Towers: $3/nominal tower ton
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $200 per ton

Contact Co-op for rebate amounts on the following items:
Dairy Free Heater
Vending Machines
Compressed Air
Design Assistance
Package Terminal AC
Rooftop Unit AC
LED Retrofit
Custom Energy Grant
Maximum Incentive:Maximum rebate amount is the lesser of 50% of the project cost or $100,000
Equipment Requirements:See Rebate Applications
Web Site:

To encourage energy efficiency, Stearns Electric offers rebates to agricultural, industrial and commercial customers. Under this program, premium efficiency motors, adjustable speed drives, industrial cooling, retrofit and new construction lighting, dairy plate coolers, dairy free heaters, geothermal heat pumps, and vending machine controllers are eligible for rebates. Some rebates vary by system efficiency or capacity. Customers must contact Stearns Electric for certain incentive amounts which are not listed on the program web site. For rebate applications and more information on the rebate amounts, eligible technologies, and necessary efficiency requirements, visit the program web site listed above.

  Melrose Office Customer Service- SEA
Stearns Electric Association
900 East Kraft Drive
Melrose, MN 56325-9400
Phone: (320) 256-4241
Phone 2: (800) 962-0655
Fax: (320) 265-3618
Web Site:
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