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Options for Grants and Loans

Energy Funding Opportunities

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources produces a list of state and federal funding opportunities on a regular basis. The list includes solicitations of proposals for energy grant funding or other incentives from a wide variety of organizations.

Utility Grant Programs

There are a variety of grant programs for efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations. A summary of these programs is provided below.

  • Dakota Electric Association - Commercial and Industrial Custom Energy Grant Program

  • Lake Region Electric Cooperative - Commercial Energy Efficiency Grant Program

  • Minnesota Power - Power Grant Program

  • Otter Tail Power Company - Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Grant Program

  • Otter Tail Power Company - House Therapy Program

  • Xcel Energy - Renewable Development Fund Grants

Federal Grant Programs

  • Tribal Energy Program Grant

  • U.S. Department of Treasury - Renewable Energy Grants

  • USDA - High Energy Cost Grant Program

  • USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants

Federal Loan Programs

  • Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs)

  • Energy-Efficient Mortgages

  • Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs)

  • U.S. Department of Energy - Loan Guarantee Program

  • USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Loan Guarantees

For detailed information on these grants and loans, visit the Database of Incentives for Efficiency and Renewables website.