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Solar Electric (PV) Installation Video

The Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency created this short video highlighting the installation of a solar electric system on a home in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The installation was made possible through the Made in Minnesota solar production incentive program.

News, Presentations and Updates 

Xcel gets 427 community solar garden applications in Minnesota (
Xcel Energy launched its community solar garden program on Dec. 12 and within one week received 427 applications proposing 420 megawatts of capacity.

Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Best Practices and Claims (
A good resource for explaining to community solar subscribers what they can and cannot claim about their subscriptions.

MSP Airport plans to build state's largest solar power project (
The $25.4 million project, announced Thursday at an airport news conference that included Gov. Mark Dayton and explorer and climate activist Will Steger, is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport’s electricity after its completion in the fall of 2015.

Presentation to the Northfield Climate Summit 2014 (.pdf)
An overview of energy efficiency strategies and the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.

Xcel ratepayers underwrite major solar push in Minnesota (
State utility regulators have approved $42 million in Xcel Energy Inc. grants for renewable energy generation and research projects. The largest share of the money, 42 percent, is slated for 16 solar-electric generating projects across the state.

Renewable energy projects that won Xcel Energy grants (
Twenty energy projects, mostly large solar power arrays, have been awarded $26.5 million in the latest round of grants form the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund.

Program Updates

Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program now accepting applications for 2015 (Jan. 2, 2015)
Applications for the second year of the Made in Minnesota program will be accepted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2015, the Department of Commerce announced.

2015 Incentive Amounts Announcement (.pdf)
Applications will be accepted annually between January 1 – February 28 each year through 2023 and will be selected by lottery.

2014 Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program Lottery Results 

The projects highlighted in red have been selected for funding, while those highlighted in black are wait listed. Projects not included on the list were not selected to participate in the lottery. All project applicants, host customers and installers will receive an email and all host customers will receive a USPS letter confirming the results.

January 16, 2014

  • Vendor ID Number: State of Minnesota Vendor ID Numbers are no longer required to submit an application to the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.  If the designated payee does not have a Minnesota Vendor ID Number, applicants should enter "0000" (four zeroes) in the MN Vendor ID field on the payee page of the application.  Entering "0000"in lieu of an actual MN Vendor ID Number will satisfy the system's requirement for a MN Vendor ID Number and allow the application to be submitted.  However, upon notice that funding has been reserved, a MN Vendor ID Number must be obtained and entered onto the payee's page prior to submitting the Notice of Completion.  
  • Premise Number for Minnesota Power Customers: The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program application requires a customer's utility premise number to be entered on the project site page of the application. However, Minnesota Power customers do not have a premise number.  Minnesota Power applicants should re-enter the customer's meter number in the premise number field.