Are you planning an energy efficiency improvement project or a new renewable energy system, or have you recently completed a project? You may be eligible for incentives to help pay for or finance those projects. Check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), the most comprehensive source of information on financial incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.
DSIRE includes up-to-date information on:
For instance, at DSIRE you can learn about the 30 percent federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (good through 2016) or the new 10-year $150 million Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program for new solar electric and solar thermal installations.
Need financing for an energy-saving project? DSIRE has information. For example, check out the low-interest Fix-Up Loan offered by Minnesota Housing, as well as other loan programs.
The database also provides a long list of Minnesota utilities that offer rebate programs to residential and commercial customers. Virtually every utility in the state—large investor-owned utilities and municipals and cooperatives—provides incentives on a range of energy-saving efforts, such as energy audits, air sealing and insulation, new high efficient heating and cooling systems, and efficient lighting. Contact your utility directly about incentives.
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Minnesota Energy Tips is provided twice a month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Contact the division’s Energy Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.