Commercial Small Wind Rebate Program

January 06, 2012


As of 12/7/2010, funding for this program is fully reserved. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list in case additional funding becomes available.

The Minnesota Small Wind Turbine Rebate program provides financial support to commercial businesses that install Small Wind Turbine systems. Here, Small Wind Turbine systems are those with rated capacities at or less than thirty five kilowatts (35 kW) at 24.6 miles per hour (mph). Eligibility is determined by nature and size of the business, site designated for installation and equipment selected. The rebate amount is 35% of eligible system and installation costs, up to $ 25,000. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds have been reserved.
A rebate application must be approved by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security before any equipment is ordered, purchased, or installed. A Rebate Confirmation Form and Rebate Claim Form will be mailed to the applicant upon application approval. Visit the Minnesota Small Wind Commercial Rebate webpage to obtain more further information on rebate application steps

Participant Eligibility
Small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. A facility owned by a non-profit organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is eligible provided that the facility is used for a commercial activity.

Commercial Site Requirements
The location for installation must be within the state borders of Minnesota. In addition, the site must register a minimum of 12 mph at wind system hub height. See the Minnesota OES Wind Speed Verification Tool in order to determine your location’s average annual wind speed: Wind Speed Verification Tool

Qualifying Installation and Technology
The wind system must have a minimum average wind speed of 12.0 mph at hub height. Eligible wind system models are listed on the MN OES Commercial Small Wind Rebate website.

The small wind system must be installed by a bonded and/or licensed contractor, as applicable to state and local ruling. The installation must be finished within 180 days of rebate application approval.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Minnesota Office of Energy Security
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Wind (All)
Incentive Amount: 35% of system and installation cost
Maximum Incentive: $25,000
Eligible System Size: Up to 35 kW (rated capacity at 24.6 mph)
Equipment Requirements: See MN OES website for approved/qualifying Turbine models
Major system components must be new or re-manufactured
5-year warranty required for major components and installation; 2-year warranty required for batteries (if applicable)
Installation Requirements: Minimum wind speed of 12 mph at hub height
Wind systems must be installed by an appropriately licensed and bonded contractor
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not specified


Name: Minn. Stat. § 16B.322


Name: Energy Information Center
Organization: Minnesota Department of Commerce
Address: 85 7th Place East
St. Paul MN 55101-2198
Phone: (800) 657-3710

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.