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Residential Electrical Panel Upgrade Grant Program

Current Update (05/14/2024): The Minnesota Residential Electrical Panel Grant Program has not 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 Electrical Panel Upgrade Grant Program will provide financial assistance to owners of single-family residences and multifamily buildings to upgrade residential electric panels.

Eligibility

The eligibility requirements of the Minnesota Residential Electrical Panel Upgrade Grant Program are set forth in Minn. Stat. Sec. 216C.45:

  • An owner of a single-family building whose occupants have an annual household income no greater than 150 percent of the area median income; or 
  • An owner of a multifamily building in which at least 50 percent of the units are occupied by households whose annual income is no greater than 150 percent of the area median income.

Single-family residences are eligible for one of the following upgrades:

  • The installation of equipment, devices and wiring necessary to increase an electrical panel's capacity to a total rating:
    • of not less than 200 amperes; or 
    • that allows all the building's energy needs to be provided solely by electricity, as calculated using the National Electrical Code adopted in Minnesota; or 
  • The installation of a smart panel with or without additional equipment, devices, or wiring. 

Multifamily buildings are eligible for the following:

  • The installation of equipment, devices and wiring necessary to increase the capacity of an electric panel, including feeder panels, to a total rating that allows all the building's energy needs to be provided solely by electricity, as calculated using the National Electrical Code adopted in Minnesota.   

The electrical work under this grant award must be performed by contractors and subcontractors that meet the requirements set forth in Minn. Stat. Sec. 216C.45.

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The maximum grant amount to an eligible owner of a single-family building is:

  • $3,000 for an owner whose annual household income is less than 80 percent of area median income; and 
  • $2,000 for an owner whose annual household income exceeds 80 percent but is not greater than 150 percent of area median income. 

The maximum grant amount to an eligible owner of a multifamily building is determined by the number of units containing separate electric panels receiving upgrades in the multifamily building but cannot exceed $50,000 per multifamily building. 

In addition to the eligible applicants, grant awards may be issued to a contractor performing an upgrade or to a third party on behalf of the eligible applicant if that applicant has provided their written approval as outlined at program launch. Grants will not be issued retroactively but only after the launch of the program.

There will be approximately $5.8 million in grants available for eligible applicants. In addition to this state program, the Department of Commerce will also be launching Federal Home Energy Rebate programs which will also contain rebates for electrical panel upgrades.

Minnesota’s timeline 

It is likely that 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 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 HUD income limits by county and household size.

Contact Residential.Rebates.COMM@state.mn.us with questions.

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