Great River Energy (28 Member Cooperatives) - Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program

January 04, 2010


Great River Energy (GRE) member cooperative utilities* offer a rebate of $2,000 per kilowatt for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a maximum award of $4,000 per customer. For installations after July 1, 2008 systems installed by a NABCEP certified contractor are eligible for a rebate of $2,250 per kW up to $4,500. This program, available to member utilities' residential, commercial and industrial customers, began in September 2005 and is subject to availability of funding. GRE's rebate for PV systems may be combined with the state's solar-electric rebate, which also a rebate of $1.75-$2.00/W for residential and small business PV systems. The following conditions apply to GRE's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program:

  • Projects must meet the installation completion timeline established by the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program.
  • Applicants must apply for and receive rebate confirmation through the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program.
  • GRE's solar-electric rebate funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact your member cooperative to determine availability of funds.
  • The minimum system capacity is 1 kilowatt.
  • Representatives from GRE must be allowed on-site to verify the characteristics of the site, inspect the installation and collect data on the electricity produced by the system. Participants must also agree to provide GRE with digital images of the installation for use on its web site and in printed materials.
  • Installation details, requirements and eligible equipment are consistent with the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce's Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program, funded largely by Xcel Energy, buys down the up-front costs of solar-electric systems with a rebate of up to $2.00/W, with a maximum award of $20,000 per system. Click here for more information on the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Solar-Electric Rebate Program. *Great River Energy's 28 member cooperative utilities are: Agralite Electric Cooperative Arrowhead Electric Cooperative BENCO Electric Brown County Rural Electric Association Connexus Energy Cooperative Light & Power Association Crow Wing Power Dakota Electric Association East Central Energy Federated Rural Electric Association Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electric Association Kandiyohi Power Cooperative Lake Country Power Lake Region Electric Cooperative McLeod Cooperative Power Association Meeker Cooperative Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative Nobles Cooperative Electric North Itasca Electric Cooperative Redwood Electric Cooperative Runestone Electric Association South Central Electric Association Stearns Electric Association Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative Wright Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Great River Energy
Start Date: 9/05
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $2/watt DC or $2.25/watt DC (NABCEP-certified installer)
Maximum Incentive: $4,000 or $4,500 (NABCEP-certified installer); must be combined with state PV rebate


Name: EnergyWise MN
Address: 12300 Elm Creek Boulevard
Maple Grove MN 55369
Phone: (866) 378-5027

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.