The Minnesota Department of Commerce started taking applications again on March 17 for the Made in Minnesota Solar Thermal Rebate Program. The solar thermal program accepted applications this year from January 1-February 28, but the program was not fully subscribed. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until 2014 funds are fully reserved.
The rebate program, which is part of the 10-year, $150 million Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program that began this year, is for customers of electric investor-owned utilities (Xcel Energy, Alliant Energy, Minnesota Power, and Otter Tail Power). Rebates are available to commercial and residential property owners who install solar thermal systems using collectors certified as Made in Minnesota. Solar thermal systems can be installed for space heating, water heating, and pool heating purposes. The rebate is equal to 25 percent of the system installed cost up to a maximum of $2,500 for residential, $5,000 for multifamily, and $25,000 for commercial systems.
To apply for the solar thermal rebate, see the application guidelines (pdf) on the Made in Minnesota webpage. Installers and developers are encouraged to lead the application process on behalf of their clients and complete a request for an applicant log-in and password. Questions about the process can be addressed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 651-539-1886 or 1-800-657-3710.
The solar photovoltaic (PV) part of the incentive program is fully subscribed and discontinued taking applications on February 28 for 2014. Eligible applicants for the PV incentives will be placed in a lottery and notified in the near future if they have been selected for the program. Incentives for solar PV are performance-based, established by a system’s energy production, and paid over 10 years. Owners of an approved and installed PV system will receive payments annually by July 1st based on the kWh output of the system in the previous calendar year.
More information on the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is available.