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2017 Made in Minnesota Solar PV Incentive Program completes random selection of applicants

A random selection of applicants for the 2017 Made in Minnesota Solar PV Production-Based Incentive Program was completed on March 22, and 679 new residential and commercial solar electric (PV) systems were chosen to receive funding in the fourth year of the 10-year program.

2017 Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program recipients announced 

The projects highlighted in red have been selected for funding, while those highlighted in black are wait listed.  Projects not included on the list were not selected to participate in the random selection process.  All project applicants, host customers and installers will receive an email indicating the status of their application.  

Solar Electric (PV) Installation Video

The Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency created this short video highlighting the installation of a solar electric system on a home in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The installation was made possible through the Made in Minnesota solar production incentive program. 

Webinar: How to complete MiM Solar Thermal Rebate application (Youtube)

Program Updates

Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program now accepting applications for 2016 (Dec. 31, 2015)

Commerce announces 2016 Made in Minnesota solar incentive amounts (.pdf)
Commerce announced on Nov. 6, 2015 incentive amounts for Made in Minnesota solar panels for the third year (2016) of the MiM Solar Incentive Program.

Waitlisted applicants approved for 2015 MiM Solar Incentive Program (.pdf)
About 120 waitlisted applicants from the 2015 Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program lottery were approved to receive the incentive as of June 30, 2015.

Summary of lottery results for 2015 MiM Solar PV Incentive Program 
The lottery for the 2015 Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar PV Incentive Program was completed in early April.

2015 Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program Lottery Results (.pdf)
The projects highlighted in red have been selected for funding, while those highlighted in black are wait listed. Projects not included on the list were not selected to participate in the lottery. All project applicants, host customers and installers will receive an email indicating whether then have received funding or their project has been wait listed.

Public Meeting Notice for MiM Rule Making Process (March 4, 2015) 
The Department of Commerce will host a public meeting on March 20 on the MiM Solar Incentive Program Rule Making Process.

Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program now accepting applications for 2015 (Jan. 2, 2015) 
Applications for the second year of the Made in Minnesota program will be accepted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2015, the Department of Commerce announced.

2015 Incentive Amounts Announcement (.pdf)
Applications will be accepted annually between January 1 – February 28 each year through 2023 and will be selected by lottery.

2014 Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program Lottery Results (.pdf)

The projects highlighted in red have been selected for funding, while those highlighted in black are wait listed. Projects not included on the list were not selected to participate in the lottery. All project applicants, host customers and installers will receive an email and all host customers will receive a USPS letter confirming the results.

News & Presentations

Leech Lake invests in solar-powered furnaces (The Bemidji Pioneer)
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has installed solar thermal collectors to help heat its Forestry Building. The collectors were manufactured by the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in Pine River, Minn.

State and Local Governments Vie to Attract a New Industrial Base (Solar Industry)
Solar incentive programs, whether crafted by state legislatures or public utility commissions, are often the focus of much attention for their promise to increase deployed power capacity.

Minnesota solar jobs more than double in 2014 (TheSolarFoundation.org)
Minnesota's solar industry added 936 solar jobs in 2014, a 108% increase in total solar jobs over 2013, according to the State Jobs Solar Census from the The Solar Foundation. View Minnesota specific data.

Savings offered in Minnesota's solar boom (kare11.com)
On Feb. 4, 2015, KARE 11 examined why the time for solar in Minnesota is now. It profiled a family from Brooklyn Park, Minn., that installed a 6.97 kW solar PV system and took advantage of the 30% federal tax credit and the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.

Xcel gets 427 community solar garden applications in Minnesota (startribune.com)  

Xcel Energy launched its community solar garden program on Dec. 12 and within one week received 427 applications proposing 420 megawatts of capacity.

Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Best Practices and Claims (resource-solutions.org)

A good resource for explaining to community solar subscribers what they can and cannot claim about their subscriptions.

MSP Airport plans to build state's largest solar power project (startribune.com)
The $25.4 million project, announced Thursday at an airport news conference that included Gov. Mark Dayton and explorer and climate activist Will Steger, is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport’s electricity after its completion in the fall of 2015.

Xcel ratepayers underwrite major solar push in Minnesota (startribune.com)
State utility regulators have approved $42 million in Xcel Energy Inc. grants for renewable energy generation and research projects. The largest share of the money, 42 percent, is slated for 16 solar-electric generating projects across the state.

Renewable energy projects that won Xcel Energy grants (startribune.com)
Twenty energy projects, mostly large solar power arrays, have been awarded $26.5 million in the latest round of grants form the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund.

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