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Add State and Local Incentives to the 30% Federal Tax Credit
Learn about solar incentives and solar rebates. Find out what is available to you through federal, state and local programs, as well as local utilities.
State and Local Solar Panel Rebates
Combining the Federal tax credit with state incentives you qualify for may significantly reduce the cost of your solar PV system.

Read more good news about these programs and important tips on qualifying below.
Federal Solar Tax Credit
30% of the cost of your Solar Electric System and installation can be deducted from your federal tax bill.

Read more about this credit and what qualifies.





Solar Incentives by State… Click on your state to see what is available.    
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— You may be able to afford a larger solar PV system than you originally thought!
— You may be able to add the battery backup system you were planning to buy in a year or two



The Good News About Solar System Incentives, Qualifications and Tips
Some solar incentive programs pay you back over time, based on the energy you generate. Other solar incentives are one-time payments of rebates or credits. Incentive requirements and definitions may vary between states.

Incentive types can be specifically for residential, schools, business, or industrial; or inclusive of all of them. Solar incentives are mainly for grid tied systems and are sometimes available for off grid systems.

The incentives may be only for solar photovoltaic (electric), for electricity generated by wind, or for solar thermal (hot water generation). Other types of incentives may incorporate multiple solar technologies.

Programs with yearly or periodic application dates have credits or rebate rates that may be stepped down over time.

To qualify for incentives, your solar system may have to be installed by a licensed Photovoltaic System Installer, and/or connected to the grid by a licensed Electrician. This may be particularly true for Grid-Tie (Grid-Intertied) systems.
Plan ahead and act quickly. Many incentive programs are time sensitive. First-come-first-served programs, such as lotteries, can be spoken for in minutes after the opening of their application date.

Be careful including incentives in your PV system's budget due to requirements and possible deadlines to meet before qualifying.

Always consult a tax professional in regards to your eligibility for tax incentives.





Solar Incentive Glossary
Battery Backup Systems
Battery backup systems can store electricity from the grid or a fuel-powered generator to provide emergency power when the grid goes down. It can also store energy created PV system to power appliances and lights at night after the sun goes down.

Feed in Tariffs,
a Performance Based Incentive, or PBI

(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Feed-in Tariffs are typically long term contracts with your local utility for performance-based compensation.

The contracts are typically a 15-25 year purchase agreement at a guaranteed rate. The rate may decrease over time as specified in the agreement. Feed-in Tariffs may ultimately pay for your PV system or even exceed your initial investment depending on the specifics in the contract.

Originally started in Germany in 1990 and restructured in 2000 to include the right to interconnect to the utility grid. It was designed as an incentive to promote cost-effective renewable energy use and advancements in technologies. Due to its success, the current German policy is the cornerstone for the creation of many feed-in tariff programs around the globe.

Green Building Programs
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
Green Building Programs are generally for new construction and remodeling, or just adding a solar electric system. The most common incentives are reductions or waivers of building permit fees. Some state or local organizations offer coupons that reduce construction and/or installation costs to homeowners. The home or business owner usually gives the coupon to their program-authorized installer/contractor. Once the system is installed the installer/contractor can be reimbursed for the amount of the coupon by the program's organization.

Grid-Tied PV Systems
Grid tied systems are inter-connected to send energy back to the grid when your solar electric system creates more than you're using; and you can receive energy from the grid when you're using more electricity than your system is generating at the moment. Learn more about grid-tied solar systems.

Loans
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
State or local governments may offer low or zero interest loans for renewable energy projects. Terms are typically 10 years or less. If you are going to purchase or remodel a home that you are going to add a solar system to you may also want to see the Energy Star website for information on Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs).

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing may be offered by states that have been authorized to participate in this program. The amount of the loan is determined by a special assessment of your property and is typically repaid over a period of years.

Check with your local banks and credit unions as they may offer renewable energy loans for less than the prime rate. Also consider that mortgage loans and home equity loans can offer several advantages: longer terms, lower interest rates than conventional bank loans, and tax-deductible interest.
Net Metering
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
As of January 2012, only four states do not have net metering policies ‐ South Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. These programs are for utility customers who generate their own electricity and feed excess energy back into the grid. Net-metered customers may use grid energy when their electrical demand exceeds their solar electric system's output. Solar electric credit rates are applied to the customer's total electric use and are shown on the utility bills.

The credit rates and rules vary from state to state. Unused solar electric system credits may expire in a specified time period or they may be carried over from year to year. The credits may only be applied to the utility bill or you may be allowed to get a refund check at the end of a designated period, usually the end of the year.

Off-Grid PV Systems
Off grid systems do not feed energy back to the grid. You may be completely independent from the grid or you may be receiving grid electricity to supplement your system (Grid-Assisted). Learn more about off-grid solar systems.

Solar PV System (Photovoltaics)
A solar PV system uses photovoltaic panels (or modules) to create electricity. This powers appliances, lights, and other electric equipment.

Solar Thermal System
A solar thermal system uses panels (or modules) to heat water. The hot water is typically used instead of a water heater for everyday water use, or in a radiant heating system to warm the air.

State and Local Tax Incentives
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
  • Personal tax incentives include income tax credits (dollar-for-dollar reduction on what you owe) and income tax deductions (reduces your taxable income).
  • Property tax exemptions, exclusions and credit incentives generally exclude the added value of the system from your yearly property tax. Abatements may reduce a percentage of your yearly property tax over time.
  • State sales tax incentives can be an exemption from or a credit towards the applicable sales tax.
Utility Rate Discounts & Rebates
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Some utilities and state or local programs may offer temporarily reduced rates on utility bills, or one time rebates on the installation of solar systems and purchases of energy efficient appliances and/or HVAC systems.


Updated: 09/24/2016
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Minnesota Solar Incentives
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INCENTIVE NAME: Wind and Solar-Electric (PV) Systems Exemption
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN01F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Solar: 100% exemption from real property taxes
Wind: 100% exemption from real and personal property taxes
Maximum Incentive - None
Eligible System Size - For wind, full exemption without compensating production tax limited to privately-owned systems of 250 kW or less and systems of 2 MW or less owned by political subdivisions.
LAST UPDATE: 03/26/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Value-Added Stock Loan Participation Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Rural Finance Authority Revolving Loan Account
CODE: MN04F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - RFA provides up to 45% of the loan up to $40,000 of loan principal
Loan Term - Maximum term of eight years
RFA portion at lesser of 4% or half of lender's effective rate for the non-RFA portion
Interest-only loan payments permitted for 2 years
WEBSITE: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/grants/loans/stockloan.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 02/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN01R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities
System Capacity Limit - Net Metering Facility: 1 MW
Community Garden Project: 5 MW
Aggregate Capacity Limit - No limit
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission *may* limit cumulative net metering generation once generation has reached 4% of annual retail electricity sales
Net Excess Generation - Systems under 40 kW: Reconciled monthly; customer may opt to receive payment or credit on next bill at the retail utility energy rate
For systems 40 kW -1 MW, NEG is credited at the avoided cost rate, or customers may elect to be compensated in the form of a kWh credit. Excess credit will be reimbursed at the end of the calendar year at the avoided cost rate.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer owns RECs
Meter Aggregation - IOU customers may aggregate meters for net metering
LAST UPDATE: 11/23/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar and Wind Easements & Local Option Rights Laws
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN02R
LAST UPDATE: 05/15/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Comprehensive Energy Savings Plan for State Facilities
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN04R
DETAILS:
Energy Reduction Goal/Requirement - 20%
Green Building Requirement - Ultimate target of 90% in 2025
Renewable Energy Requirement - 2% of a building's total energy use with on-site wind and solar power
LAST UPDATE: 02/24/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Development Fund (RDF)
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Public Benefits Fund
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN09R
DETAILS:
Types - Renewables
Total Fund - $19.5 million annually (2008-2013)
Approximately $24.5 million in 2013
$42 million in 2014 (26.6 awarded)

WEBSITE: http://www.xcelenergy.com/rdf/
LAST UPDATE: 02/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Interconnection Standards
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Interconnection
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN10R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities
System Capacity Limit - 10 MW
Standard Agreement - Yes
Insurance Requirements - Vary by system size and/or type; levels established by PUC
External Disconnect Switch - Required
Net Metering Required - No
WEBSITE: https://mn.gov/commerce/industries/energy/distributed-energy/
LAST UPDATE: 01/21/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Xcel Energy - Renewable Development Fund Grants
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN11F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies
Maximum Incentive - Varies by RFP details

BUDGET: $19.5 million per year; $30 million available in 2013 solicitation
WEBSITE: http://www.xcelenergy.com/rdf/
UTILITIES: Northern States Power Co - Minnesota,
LAST UPDATE: 03/05/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Minnesota Power - SolarSense Solar Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN12F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Solar PV:
Base Rebate: $750/kilowatt DC
NABCEP Bonus: $250/kilowatt
Nonprofit Bonus: $250/kilowatt
Solar Water Heat:
25% of cost
Maximum Incentive - Solar PV:
$20,000 or 60% of installed costs, including NABCEP and Nonprofit bonuses
One rebate per customer per year
Solar Water Heat:
Single-family unit: $2,000
Two- to three-family units: $4,000
Multi-family units (four or more): $10,000
Businesses: $25,000
Eligible System Size - Participants may not install a system with kWh generation capacity of more than 120% of the premise's 12-month energy consumption
Equipment Requirements - Solar PV:
Install new components, including all major components. PV modules must come with a 20-year or greater manufacturer’s performance warranty. All inverters must come with a minimum 5-year manufacturer’s performance warranty.
Solar Water Heat:
System must use electric water heating as a backup
Installation Requirements - Systems must be installed by an approved installer
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Participants are required to enter into a contract with Minnesota Power giving them all RECs in exchange for the incentive
BUDGET: $170,000 for PV and Solar Thermal (2016)
WEBSITE: http://www.mnpower.com/Environment/SolarSense/
UTILITIES: Minnesota Power Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 01/06/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Energy Sales Tax Exemption
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN16F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% exemption
Maximum Incentive - None
LAST UPDATE: 05/15/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Minnesota Power - Power Grant Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN22F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - $200/kW rebate
Maximum Incentive - 0 to 100 kW: $10,000
101 to 300 kW: $25,000
Over 300 kW: $50,000
WEBSITE: http://www.mnpower.com/EnergyConservation/PowerGrant
UTILITIES: Minnesota Power Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 01/12/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Shakopee Public Utilities - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN59F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - New Lighting & Upgrade: $1 - $130/fixture; varies greatly, see program website for specific details
Custom Project: $0.05/kWh saved up to 50% of cost
Ductless Heat Pump: $100
Geothermal Heat Pump: $100/ton
PTHP Heat Pump: $35
Chiller: $15 - $40/ton
Window A/C: $25 - $40
Chilled Water Reset: $0.35 - $6.00/ton
Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning: $50 - $65
Packaged Terminal Heat Pump: $50 - $65
Mini Split/Ductless Air Source Heat Pump: $200/ton
Split System Air Source Heat Pumps: $50 - $65/tonUnitary Single Packaged Air Conditioning (including Rooftop Units):
$50 - $65
Unitary Air Cooled Split System Air Conditioning: $50
Single Packaged Air Source Heat Pump (including Rooftop Units):
$35 - $65
Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV): 1.25/watt
Maximum Incentive - 50% of total project cost
PV: $5000 per business account
Equipment Requirements - Variable Frequency Drives: 5 - 7.5 HP
Ductless Heat Pump: minimum 16 SEER
Geothermal Heat Pump: less than 11.3 tons
New Lighting & Upgrade: see program website
Installation Requirements - Solar PV: Commercial customers must agree to pay a net-metering fee:
1. Single phase $160
2. Three phase $230
WEBSITE: http://spucweb.com/
UTILITIES: Shakopee Public Utilities Comm,
LAST UPDATE: 02/11/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Standard
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN14R
DETAILS:
Standard - Xcel Energy: 31.5% by 2020
Other IOUs: 26.5% by 2025
Other utilities: 25% by 2025
Technology Minimum - Wind or Solar (Xcel only): 25% by 2020; maximum of 1% from solar
IOUs: 1.5% from solar by 2020, 10% of which must be met with systems 20 kW or less
Statewide goal: 10% solar by 2030
Compliance Multipliers - N/A
REC Lifetime - 4 years
Credit Trading/Tracking System - Yes (Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS), Michigan Renewable Energy Certification System (MIRECS))
Alternative Compliance Payment - N/A
LAST UPDATE: 11/19/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Tariff
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Other Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN15R
WEBSITE: https://mn.gov/commerce/industries/energy/wind-energy/
LAST UPDATE: 12/09/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Minnesota Power - Residential New Construction Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN116F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Comprehensive Measures: $2,000
Central A/C: $50
Drain Water Heat Recovery unit: $400
Air Source Heat Pumps: $50 - $600
Mini-Split Ductless Air-Source Heat Pump: $500
Building Orientation, South-Facing Glass: $200
Drain Water Heat Recovery Unit: $400
Ground Source Heat Pump: $200/ton closed-loop; $100/ton open-loop
Windows: $300

ENERGY STAR Appliances:
Refrigerator: $25
Clothes Washer: $40
Dehumidifier: $10
Electric Water Heater: $50
LED Fixtures: $10 - $20

Equipment Requirements - Solar Photovoltaic: Participants must be part of the SolarSense program.
WEBSITE: http://www.mnpower.com/EnergyConservation/TripleE
UTILITIES: Minnesota Power Inc,
LAST UPDATE: 01/07/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Farm Opportunities Loan Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Sustainable Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund
CODE: MN124F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - $45,000 per farm family ($180,000 for joint projects)
Loan Term - Up to 10 years
Interest Rate - Fixed interest rate (currently 3%)
WEBSITE: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/grants/loans/farmopploan.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 02/08/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Rochester Public Utilities - Solar Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN144F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV: $0.50 per watt
Solar Water Heating: $15 per square foot of collector area
Maximum Incentive - PV: $5,000
Solar Water Heating: $1,200
Eligible System Size - PV: Between 0.5 kW and 10 kW
Equipment Requirements - PV: Equipment must be new. PV modules must be certified, meeting the most current edition of Underwriters Laboratory Standard 1703 (UL1703) and must have a 20 year or greater manufacturer's performance warranty. Inverters must be certified as meeting the current edition of Underwriters Laboratory Standard 1741(UL1741) and come with a minimum five-year manufacturer's warranty.

Solar Water Heating: All system components must be new. Entire system must be rated by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) and assembled by the manufacturer. Collectors must be SRCC OG-100 rated and have a five-year warranty; other components must have a one-year warranty. Flat plate collectors must have tempered glass glazing.
WEBSITE: http://www.rpu.org/your-home/rebates-programs/solar-rebates.html
UTILITIES: Rochester Public Utilities,
LAST UPDATE: 02/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Austin Utilities - Solar Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN145F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV: 50¢ per watt
Solar Water Heating: $15 per square foot net aperture
Maximum Incentive - PV: $5,000
Solar Water Heating: $1,200
Eligible System Size - PV: 0.5 kW - 10 kW
Equipment Requirements - PV: Must be new, UL-listed, in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards
Inverters must carry a minimum 5-year warranty
Panels must carry a 20-year warranty
Solar Water Heating: Must be new, SRCC OG-100 rated
Collectors must have 5-year warranty
All other components must have 1-year warranty
Installation Requirements - Systems must be installed by a licensed, qualified professional
An energy audit must be conducted prior to installation
WEBSITE: http://www.austinutilities.com/pages/residential-conserve/
UTILITIES: Austin City of,
LAST UPDATE: 02/12/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Owatanna Public Utilities - Solar Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN146F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV: $0.50 per watt
Solar Water Heating: $15 per square foot of collector area
Maximum Incentive - PV: $5,000
Solar Water Heating: $1,200
Eligible System Size - PV: .5 kW - 10 kW
Equipment Requirements - PV: Must be new, UL-listed, in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards
Inverters must carry a minimum 5-year warranty
Panels must carry a 20-year warranty
Solar Water Heating: Must be new, SRCC OG-100 rated
Collectors must have 5-year warranty
All other components must have 1-year warranty

Installation Requirements - Systems must be installed by a licensed, qualified professional
An energy audit must be conducted prior to installation

WEBSITE: http://www.owatonnautilities.com/business-customers/rebates/solar
UTILITIES: City of Owatonna,
LAST UPDATE: 02/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Fix-Up Loan
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Fix-Up Fund
CODE: MN147F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - $20,000. Applicants may be eligible for higher loan and term amounts depending on income
Loan Term - Property must be owner-occupied
Loan repayment terms: up to 120 months
Household income at or below $96,500 (see exceptions below)
Interest Rate - Interest rate of 5.99% (6.032% Annual Percentage Rate)
WEBSITE: http://www.mncee.org/Find-Programs/Minnesota-Fix-Up-Fund/
LAST UPDATE: 02/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Brainerd Public Utilities - Renewable Incentives Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN167F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - $2/watt
Maximum Incentive - $4,000
Eligible System Size - Less than 40 kW
UTILITIES: Brainerd Public Utilities,
LAST UPDATE: 02/12/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Moorhead Public Service Utility - Renewable Energy Incentive
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN168F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Up to $1,500/kW
BUDGET: $30,000 (2013)
WEBSITE: http://www.mpsutility.com/index.php/renewable-energy
UTILITIES: City of Moorhead,
LAST UPDATE: 02/11/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: New Ulm Public Utilities - Solar Electric Rebate Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN173F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - $1/watt (nameplate capacity)
Maximum Incentive - Industrial: $10,000
Commercial: $5,000
Residential: $2,000
Eligible System Size - 0.5 kW - 40 kW
Equipment Requirements - Equipment must be new
Installation Requirements - Customer must sign a net metering and interconnection agreement with New Ulm Public Utilities
WEBSITE: http://www.ci.new-ulm.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={743A5650-3018-4B6E-B7B0-662834287912}&DE={4D497A39-F1EF-4C71-A7A5-C25634F70716}
UTILITIES: New Ulm Public Utilities Comm,
LAST UPDATE: 02/10/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Performance-Based Incentive
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Minnesota Renewable Development Fund
CODE: MN174F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - $0.08 per kWh produced from the PV system over 10 years.

Terms - Production incentive will be paid to the customer for 10 years
Eligible System Size - Systems 20 kW-DC or less, not to exceed 120% of the customer's on-site annual energy consumption
Equipment Requirements - PV panels and inverters must be listed on the California Energy Commissions (CEC) list.
Installation Requirements - Sign a 10-year Solar*Rewards contract.
Install a system that produces between 0.5 and 20.00kW. Systems of 20.01kW do not qualify.
Installations must be completed within 365 days of submission.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - The customer agrees to convey all of the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) or similar green attributes produced by the system to Xcel Energy for the ten-year term of the contract.
BUDGET: $5 million annually
WEBSITE: http://www.xcelenergy.com/Energy_Solutions/Residential_Solutions/Renewable_Energy_Solutions/SolarRewards_for_Residences
UTILITIES: Northern States Power Co - Minnesota,
LAST UPDATE: 01/27/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Made in Minnesota Solar PV Incentive Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Performance-Based Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Made in Minnesota Fund
CODE: MN175F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies by panel ownership and panel manufacturer (see below)
Maximum Incentive - None specified
Terms - 10-year contract
Eligible System Size - Systems must be less than 40 kW-DC for non-residential systems, and up to 10 kW-DC for residential systems
Equipment Requirements - Systems must be certified "Made in Minnesota"
Installation Requirements - Must be grid-connected
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Utility for 10 years, after which RECs belong to the system owner
BUDGET: $15 million per year
WEBSITE: https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/your-home/save-energy-money/mim/
UTILITIES: Interstate Power and Light Co, Minnesota Power Inc, Otter Tail Power Co,
LAST UPDATE: 01/06/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Value of Solar Tariff
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Value of Solar Tariff
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN22R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - Investor-owned utilities
System Capacity Limit - 1 MW
Aggregate Capacity Limit - Not specified
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Utility owns solar RECs
WEBSITE: https://mn.gov/commerce/energy/businesses/energy-leg-initiatives/value-of-solar-tariff-methodology%20.jsp
LAST UPDATE: 11/12/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric - The Sunna Project
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: Utility
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN100F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - First panel: $170, additional panels: $1,225
85 gallon/105 gallon electric Marathon water heater with mixingvalve: Free
Maximum Incentive - Monthly electric bill will be credit for the amount of kilowatt hours (kWhs) the portion of the community solar array produced the previous month. These kWhs are subtracted from the monthly energy usage. If the credits exceed the monthly energy usage, the unused credits roll over to the next month.
Equipment Requirements - Must be a member of Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric’s 16 Hour Water Heater Control Program to receive free water heater and one $170 panel.
Installation Requirements - Must be a member of Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, in good standing with an active electric account.
WEBSITE: http://www.swce.coop/
UTILITIES: Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric,
LAST UPDATE: 02/11/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Rural Minnesota Energy Board PACE Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN100F
DETAILS:
Terms - Maximum PACE Loan will be up to 20% of the assessed property value $100,000.
Minimum PACE Loan will be $5,000
Greater than a 1:1 savings to investment ratio (projected savings based on energy audit should exceed investment costs)
Maximum of 20 years to repay loan. Loan term must not exceed estimated life expectancy of improvement.
Interest rate determined by RMEB Review Committee, currently 4%
1.0% origination fee
WEBSITE: http://rmeb.org/pace.htm
LAST UPDATE: 05/01/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Saint Paul Port Authority PACE Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: PACE Financing
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MN100F
DETAILS:
Terms - Usually under a 5% interest rate with a term of up to 15 years. and100% financing. The minimum amount for an Assessment is $2,500 and can be for a term of 5 or 10 years.
WEBSITE: http://sppa.com/financing-businesses/
LAST UPDATE: 05/04/2015

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