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Solar PV Manufacturers Application for Made in Minnesota Certification

Minnesota PV module manufacturers may use this form to apply for Made in Minnesota solar program certification. PV Module Certification Application (.pdf) 

What Qualifies as Made in Minnesota Certified?

“Made in Minnesota” means the manufacture in this state of solar photovoltaic modules: 

  1. At a manufacturing facility located in Minnesota that is registered and authorized to manufacture and apply the UL 1703 certification mark to solar PV modules by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), CSA International, Intertek, or the an equivalent UL-approved independent certification agency.
  2. That ear UL 170 certification marks from UL, CSA International, Intertek or an equivalent UL approved independent certification agency, which must be physically applied to the modules at a manufacturing facility in clause (1); and
  3. That are manufactured in Minnesota:
    1. By manufacturing processes that must include tabbing, stringing, and lamination; or
    2. By interconnecting low-voltage direct current PV elements that produce the final useful PV output of the modules. 

A solar PV module that is manufactured by attaching micro inverters, direct current optimizers, or other power electronics to a laminate or solar PV module that has received UL 1703 certification marks outside Minnesota from US, CSA International, Intertek or an equivalent certification agency is not “Made in Minnesota” under this paragraph.

Solar Thermal Collector Manufacturers Application for Made in Minnesota Certification

Minnesota solar thermal collector manufacturers may use this form to apply for Made in Minnesota solar program certification. Solar Thermal Collector Certification Application (.pdf) 

What Qualifies as a Made in Minnesota Solar Thermal System?

“Solar Thermal system” means a flat plate or evacuated tube that meets the requirements of section 216C.25 with a fixed orientation that collects the sun’s radiant energy and transfers it to a storage medium for distribution as energy to heat or cool air or water.  A solar thermal system is “Made in Minnesota” if components of the system are manufactured in Minnesota and the solar thermal system is certified by the solar rating and certification corporation.

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The State of Minnesota is interested in growing your Minnesota-based solar business or expanding your business to Minnesota.  If you have a solar related manufacturing, installation, financing or solar supply chain business and would like to expand your product offerings or are not doing business in Minnesota, you should be.   The State of Minnesota has resources and policies to help solar companies expand in Minnesota.  With a new solar electricity standard and commitments of more than $150 million in funding to support solar installations, the solar industry is growing in Minnesota.  For more information on how the State of Minnesota may be able to help your business grow or establish your business in Minnesota, please contact:

Jack Kluempke
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Made In Minnesota Solar Business Advisor
85 7th Place East, Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651.539.1676 

For general information on the Made in Minnesota (MiM) program please call the Commerce Energy Information Line: 651-539-1886 or toll free 1-800-657-3710 or email your questions to solar.help@state.mn.us.


2014 Solar Module Incentive Amounts


Modules Currently Certified and Incentive Amounts

The modules listed below are certified as Made in Minnesota and are eligible for a Made in Minnesota Solar PV production based incentive. 

Silicon Energy: Cascade Modules SiE 150, 155, 160, 165, 170, 175, 180, 185, 190, 195, 200, 205

tenKsolar: Module TKS-CXXXXXX 180 watt, TKS-EXXXXXX 180 watt, TKS-DXXXXXX 180 watt, TKS-FXXXXXXX 190 watt, XT-A 410 Watt

Solar Module Commercial For Profit Incentive Amount/up to 40 kW DC  Non-Profit/Government Incentive Amount/up to 40 kW DC Residential Incentive Amount/up to 10 kW DC

tenKsolar 
TKS-CXXXXXX 180 
TKS-EXXXXXX  180 
TKS-DXXXXXX 190 
TKS-FXXXXXXX 190
XT-A 410

$0.13 per kWh  $0.20 per kWh $0.29 per kWh
Silicon Energy--Minnesota
SiE-150
SiE-155
SiE 160
SiE 165
Sie 170
SiE 175
SiE 180
SiE 185
SiE 190
Sie 195
SiE 200
SiE 205
$0.18 per kWh

$0.27 per kWh

$0.39 per kWh


Solar Thermal Collectors Currently Certified and Incentive Amounts


The collectors listed below are certified as Made in Minnesota and are eligible for a Made in Minnesota Solar Thermal rebate. 

Energy Conservation Products and Services    Solarway 6000

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance   SPF 26, SPF 32, SPF 40

Solar Skies  SS- 16, SS- 18, SS-21, SS-24, SS-26, SS-28, SS-32, SS-40, SS-50.  NSC-21, NSC-24, NSC-26, NSC-28, NSC-32, NSC-40 

2014 Solar Thermal Incentive Amount

Solar Module Commercial Properties Multi Family Residential Single Family Residential

Energy Conservation and Products Solarway 6000


Solar Skies SS- 16, SS- 18, SS-21, SS-24, SS-26, SS-28, SS-32, SS-40, SS-50. NSC-21, NSC-24, NSC-26, NSC-28, NSC-32, NSC-40 


Rural Renewable Energy Alliance   SPF 26, SPF 32, SPF 40


The lesser of 25% of the installed cost of a complete system or $25,000 
The lesser of 25% of the installed cost of a complete system or $5,000 The lesser of 25% of the installed cost of a complete system or $2,500


The Investor Owned Utilities participating in the Made in Minnesota (MiM) Program


There are four utilities participating in the Made in Minnesota solar program.  All of the new solar PV or solar thermal projects funded through MiM must be in the service territory of a participating utility.  All MiM funded PV projects will be required to go through an interconnection process and sign an interconnection agreement with the utility.  For more information, work with your solar installation company or contact the appropriate utility representative listed below. 

Alliant/Interstate Power and Light Company
Tom Balster
alliantenergy.com

Minnesota Power
Tina Koecher
solarprogram@mnpower.com
MNpower.com

Otter Tail Power Company
Kim Pederson
www.otpco.com

Xcel Energy
John Wold
solarprogrammn@xcelenergy.com
www.xcelenergy.com