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Minnesota Power - Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program

Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Maximum Rebate 

$20,000 or 60% of installed costs, including NABCEP and Nonprofit bonuses
One rebate per customer per year

Program Info
Sector Name 
Minnesota Power
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Base Rebate: $1,000/kilowatt DC
NABCEP Bonus: $500/kilowatt
Nonprofit Bonus: $500/kilowatt


Minnesota Power offers a rebate of $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) DC for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a maximum award of $20,000 per customer or 60% installed costs per customer. This program, which began in 2004, is available to the utility's residential, commercial and industrial customers that receive retail electric service, subject to availability of funding. Originally, Minnesota Power's rebate for PV systems could be combined with the Minnesota Office of Energy Security's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program; however, the state program is no longer available. The 2015 program funds will be awarded on a lottery basis. Customers applying for the SolarSense program must submit an interconnection applicationĀ  between January 1 and February 28 in order to be considered in the lottery.

The SolarSense Thermal Water Heating program offers a rebate of up to 25% of project costs, not to exceed $2,000 for single family homes, $4000 for 2-3 units, $10,000 for 4 or more family units or $25,000 for businesses.

Application materials are available on the program web site. Please see the program website for more information.

Customers who choose to install a solar system on their home or business may be eligible for a 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC), which helps to reduce the installed cost of the system. Eligible equipment includes solar panels, solar water heaters, small wind systems, and fuel cells. The 30% ITC is available through December 2016.