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Deadline nears for Made in Minnesota solar incentive applications

MiMtenK-array-2-takenSolarArray650px.pngSolar panels certified as manufactured in Minnesota are eligible for the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. (Photo provided by tenKsolar)

Applications for the first year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program are due by February 28 for new solar electric and solar thermal systems installed in 2014. Customers of investor-owned utilities (Xcel Energy, Alliant Energy, Minnesota Power, and Otter Tail Power) who install solar modules or collectors certified as manufactured in Minnesota are eligible for the program. Applications will be accepted from January 1-Febrruary 28 each year through 2023. Recipients will be selected by lottery.

The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce with an annual budget of $15 million for 10 years, including $250,000 per year for solar thermal rebates. The program is funded with 5 percent of each public electric utility’s total annual Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) budget. The Xcel Renewable Development Fund supplements this amount to bring the total incentives available to $15 million per year available to investor-owned electric utility customers.

Solar pros urged to lead application process

The Commerce Department encourages installers and developers to lead the application process on behalf of their clients and complete a request for an applicant log-in and password. Applicants, typically solar installers or developers, should read the entire (.pdf)  prior to starting the application process. The Department discourages individuals or businesses who are not installers or developers from applying for an applicant log-in due to the technical information that is required to complete the application. Prior to beginning the application process and to request an applicant log-in, solar pros should see the Made in Minnesota Application.

Made in Minnesota staff held an “Application Instructions Webinar 2014” on February 12. The webinar is posted at the News, Presentations, and Updates section of the Made in Minnesota website for those who would like more direction on the application process.

Made in Minnesota information

Information on the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is available at the MiM website, with special sections for Consumers, Project Developers and Installers, and Manufacturers. You can also email questions to solar.help@state.mn.us or call the Commerce Energy Information Line: 651-539-1886 or toll-free 1-800-657-3710. To stay up to date on the Made in Minnesota Solar Program and other programs and events at the Department of Commerce, sign up to receive email newsletters and program alerts.