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Solar for Schools Grant Program

About the Grant

Solar for Schools awards grants up to 95% of the installation cost for solar energy systems on Minnesota public schools. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is managing the grant program for schools outside of Xcel Energy Territory.* 

Schools are encouraged to visit Commerce to learn about the grant, eligibility, and application process.

The Clean Energy Resource Teams

Technical Assistance

Commerce has partnered with Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to help schools at any stage in the solar project develop process, including providing assistance in meeting the grant’s Readiness Assessment requirements (.pdf).

Schools desiring assistance are encouraged to reach out to CERTs for this free, unbiased technical and general guidance.

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Apply for a Grant

There will be at least two RFP funding rounds in 2022. The 2022 dates are as follows: 

Round 1
Readiness Assessment: Jan. 5 – Jan 31
Full Grant Application: due May 31

Date Change:
Round 2 (Colleges and Universities)
Readiness Assessment (Jul. 8 - Aug. 7)
Full Grant Application (due by Dec. 7)


*This program is for schools located outside of Xcel Energy territory only. Xcel Energy has developed their own program for schools and colleges. Visit the Xcel Solar*Rewards page or email SolarProgramMN@xcelenergy.com to learn more.

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