Solar for Schools Grant Program
Established by the State Legislature in 2021 the Solar for Schools Grant Program is designed to stimulate the installation of solar energy systems on Minnesota public schools, K-12 as well as state colleges and universities, while using the opportunity to integrate renewable energy use into school curriculum. There are two programs:
- Outside Xcel Energy Territory (Minn. Stat. 216C.375): The Minnesota Department of Commerce developed and administers the Solar for Schools program for schools outside of Xcel Energy Territory, detailed in subsequent sections. Program inquiries should be directed to SolarForSchools@state.mn.us.
- Within Xcel Energy Territory (Minn. Stat. 216C.376): Schools within Xcel Energy Territory, which is primarily in the Twin Cities metro area, must apply directly through Xcel Energy’s program. Visit the Xcel Solar*Rewards page or email SolarProgramMN@xcelenergy.com to learn more.
Funding Round 2 Date Changes
- Readiness Assessment (Jul. 8 - Aug. 7)
- Full Grant Application (due by Dec. 7)