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Residential Heat Pump Rebate Program

Current Update (05/14/2024): The Minnesota Residential Heat Pump Rebate Program has not yet launched and rebates are not yet available. The Department of Commerce will update this page as new information becomes available. We do not yet have an estimate for a program launch date. 

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Overview

The Minnesota Residential Heat Pump Rebate Program will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants that purchase and install a heat pump for space heating and cooling in the applicants’ Minnesota residence. Heat pumps for clothes drying or water heating are excluded from this state rebate program.

Eligibility

The eligibility requirements of the Minnesota Residential Heat Pump Rebate Program are set forth in Minn.Stat.Sec.216.46.

Eligibility – Individuals 

  • The applicant has met eligibility requirements and received/applied for a heat pump rebate available from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Home Energy Rebates). Note that this program is still under development. Minnesota will align requirements for the federal and state rebate programs when possible.
  • The applicant owns the Minnesota residence where the heat pump will be installed.
  • The applicant has had an energy audit conducted within the last 18 months by a certified Building Analyst Technician issued by the Building Performance Institute, or an allowable certification that is announced at the launch of the program.
  • Either:
    • The applicant has installed in the applicant’s residence the amount of insulation and the air sealing measures recommended by the auditor, or 
    • The auditor has otherwise determined that the amount of insulation and air sealing measures in the residence are sufficient to enable effective heat pump performance.
  • Any other requirements set forth in the federal Home Energy Rebate Program. Visit the Home Energy Rebates page to learn more.

Eligibility – Equipment

"Heat pump" means a cold climate rated air-source heat pump composed of:

  • A mechanism that heats and cools indoor air by transferring heat from outdoor or indoor air using a fan
  • A refrigerant-filled heat exchanger
  • An inverter-driven compressor that varies the pressure of the refrigerant to warm or cool the refrigerant vapor

Further requirements:

  • The applicant has purchased a heat pump of the capacity recommended by the auditor or contractor AND also is on the Approved Product List (to be determined)
  • The heat pump has been installed by a contractor on the qualified contractor list (to be determined)

Below is a list of technologies which are not eligible for the state rebate program but allowed under the federal program :

  • Air-to-water heat pumps
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Heat pump dryers
  • Heat pump water heaters

Rebate amounts

The rebate amount will be the lesser of:

  • $4,000, or
  • The total cost to purchase and install the heat pump MINUS rebate amount from the federal Home Energy Rebate and other rebate programs.

Timeline

This program will begin at the same time or after the launch of the federal Home Energy Rebate Program, which has not yet launched. Visit Minnesota’s Home Energy Rebates page to learn more about projected timelines.

What can you do now?

  • Learn more about the Federal High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act that the Minnesota program is tied to here: The Inflation Reduction Act: what you need to know (Clean Energy Resource Teams).
  • Learn about heat pump technology.
  • Learn about Area Median Income: eligibility and rebate amounts vary based on an applicant’s total household income. Check if your total household income is at or below 80% or 150% of Area Median Income (AMI) for your county by using the Commerce-provided Area Median Income Look-Up Table (.pdf) that references county and household size.

Contact energy.info@state.mn.us with questions.

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