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DSIRE is go-to source on incentives for EE, RE projects

Are you planning an energy efficiency improvement project or a new renewable energy system, or have you recently completed a project? You may be eligible for incentives to help pay for or finance those projects. Check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), the most comprehensive source of information on financial incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

DSIRE includes up-to-date information on:

  • Federal tax credits
  • Federal grant and loan programs
  • State loan programs
  • State incentive programs
  • State sales and property tax incentives
  • Utility rebate, grant, and loan programs

For instance, at DSIRE you can learn about the 30 percent federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (good through 2016) or the new 10-year $150 million Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program for new solar electric and solar thermal installations.

Need financing for an energy-saving project? DSIRE has information. For example, check out the low-interest Fix-Up Loan offered by Minnesota Housing, as well as other loan programs.

The database also provides a long list of Minnesota utilities that offer rebate programs to residential and commercial customers. Virtually every utility in the state—large investor-owned utilities and municipals and cooperatives—provides incentives on a range of energy-saving efforts, such as energy audits, air sealing and insulation, new high efficient heating and cooling systems, and efficient lighting. Contact your utility directly about incentives.

The DSIRE website is The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources also offers financial resource information.

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Minnesota Energy Tips is provided twice a month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Contact the division’s Energy Information Center at or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.