For Immediate Release:
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 Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit of up to $500 for energy purchases made from 2011-2013. DSIRE has information on the new 10-year $250 million Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program for new solar electric and solar thermal installations. The database provides a long list of Minnesota utilities that offer rebate programs to residential and commercial customers. Virtually every utility in the state—the large investor-owned utilities and the municipals and cooperatives—provides incentives on a range of energy-saving efforts, including energy audits, air sealing and insulation, new high efficient heating and cooling systems, and efficient lighting.
Need financing for an energy-saving project? Check out the low-interest Fix-Up Loan offered by Minnesota Housing, as well as other loan programs.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources also offers financial resource information.