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Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program

The Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Energy Incentive Program provides financial benefits to energy customers who choose to install solar on their home or business.


Solar PV projects must be located in one of three participating electric investor-owned utility (IOU) service territories and tied directly to an electric meter at the home or business of the host customer of the solar PV installation. Customers of Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power, and Otter Tail Power are eligible to apply. Solar thermal projects located in the participating IOU territories will be given priority over solar thermal projects located in electric coop or municipal power territories. However, all Minnesota residents and business are eligible to apply for solar thermal projects.

Applications for solar PV are accepted annually from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28 and selected by lottery. Solar thermal project applications are accepted annually from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28 and selected by lottery as well. However, after all solar thermal applications from IOU customers have been funded, solar thermal applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year until all funds have been committed. Check the Made in Minnesota application front page or News & Updates page for more information on whether solar thermal applications are currently being accepted.


The Minnesota Legislature established the Made in Minnesota (MIM) Solar Incentive Program in 2013 to help our state meet its new solar electricity standard and to boost the solar industry in Minnesota. MiM is a solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal cash-back incentive program for consumers who install solar PV and solar thermal systems using solar modules and collectors certified as manufactured in Minnesota. The program has a $15 million per year annual budget through 2023.

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