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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

Free Technical Assistance

Commerce has partnered with Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to help schools develop projects and meet the grant’s Readiness Assessment requirements.  

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

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Apply for a Grant

There will be at least two funding rounds annually. The 2022 rounds are as follows: 

Round 1
Readiness Assessment: Jan. 5 – Jan 31
Full Grant Application: due May 3

Round 2
Readiness Assessment: July 1–July 31
Full Grant Application: due Nov. 30


*This program is for schools located outside of Xcel Energy territory only. Xcel Energy has developed their own program for schools and colleges. Contact Xcel to learn more.

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