Owatonna offers incentives to residential customers who install energy-efficient equipment in homes through the Conserve and Save Rebate Program. Pertinent information on all programs is available on the Conserve and Save Rebate Application. Rebates on water heaters, boilers and furnaces are only available to customers who buy both electricity and natural gas from Owatonna Public Utilities. Equipment rebates for refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners can be increased by properly recycling previously used, working units.
Owatanna Public Utilities provides incentives for their residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $1 per watt; eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area.
In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Owatanna Public Utilities. An energy audit must be performed prior to system installation and results shared with OPU.
Otter Tail Power Company Rebate Program offers rebates to qualifying residential customers for the installation of high-efficiency equipment upgrades. See the program web site for applicability and maximum amounts for certain technologies. Under Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Plan (CIP), Minnesota customers are eligible for additional rebates, including:
* water heating
* thermal storage
* demand controllers
* adjustable speed drives
* appliance recycling
* geothermal and air-source heat pumps
* lighting discounts
Otter Tail Power Company's DollarSmart Financing Program offers $150 - $7,000 loans to residential customers and up to $100,000 loans to its business customers. In addition, residential customers are eligible for financing up to $20,000 for geothermal heat pump installations and $15,000 for the installation of combination electric systems. Customers may use the 8.5% Competitive Rate Plan to finance purchases of new electric technologies, including:
* Electric heating applications
* Complete dual fuel systems
* Electric cooling applications
Otter Tail Power Company Rebate Program offers rebates to qualifying commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers for the installation of high-efficiency equipment upgrades. See the program web site for applicability and maximum amounts for certain technologies. Under Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Plan (CIP), Minnesota customers are eligible for additional rebates, including:
* commercial refrigeration
* commercial water heating
* thermal storage
* commercial refrigeration
* commercial/industrial lighting
Otter Tail Power Company Grants for Conservation Program allows its commercial and industrial customers to submit energy-saving proposals and receive grants for their custom efficiency projects.
Possibilities include but are not limited to:
* Changing the compressed air system
* Adding chiller equipment
* Adding variable-frequency drives
* Making process improvements
* Installing heat pumps and MVRs
* Improving the lighting system
* Improving motors
* Improving refrigeration systems
The Department of Natural Resources is given the authority to create and promulgate regulations related to spacing, pooling, and utilization of oil and gas wells. However, as of September 2012, no such rules were found.
Northern Municipal Power Agency, in association with the Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., offers a variety of rebates for the purchase of qualifying energy efficient equipment. Rebates are provided for the purchase of efficient clothes washers, CFL bulbs, water heaters, furnaces, air source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. All equipment and purchase requirements must be met in order to receive rebates. Equipment requirements and applications may be found on the program web site listed above. Participating municipal utilities are listed below and on the program application.
Northern Municipal Power Agency, in collaboration with Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., offers rebates for non-residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of eligible facilities. Participating utilities are listed below this summary. Rebates are available for lighting measures, heating and cooling equipment, food service equipment and refrigeration equipment. All heating and cooling equipment must meet efficiency standards located on the program application forms.