Note: This program was repealed by Senate Bill 1456.
Since January 2014, The Department of Commerce (DOC) has administered the Made in Minnesota Solar Energy Production Incentive pursuant to H.F. 729, which was enacted in May 2013. Systems must be less than 40 kW-DC and be certified as "Made in Minnesota" (see below for details). Residential, commercial, non-profit, and multi-family property owners are eligible for the incentive. The incentive rate is set by the Commissioner of Commerce and is recalculated annually for new contracts. Each incentive contract will be a 10-year term; payments will be made to the customer no later than July 1st following the year of production and RECs are transferred to the utility during the 10-year period (after which they belong to the system owner). The utility must provide a meter to measure the system production at the cost of the customer.
The six criteria listed in the Made in Minnesota Solar Energy Production Incentive law (Minnesota Statute § 216C.414, subd. 2 (2013)) are used to determine the incentive amounts.
The Department of Commerce established the following incentive amounts for the 2016 calendar year:
Applying for the Incentive
Interested customers must apply between January 1st and February 28th of each year from 2014 through 2023. At the end of the application period, applications will be selected by lottery. No systems will begin to receive payments after December 31, 2024, and no payments will be made for generation that occurs after December 31, 2033.
If the applicant pool allows, approximately half of the funds will be allocated for residential customers and approximately half will go to commercial and non-profit customers. For the purposes of this allocation, multi-family residential facilities are considered residential facilities unless the PV system exceeds 10 kW in capacity, or the output from the PV system is purchased by several residents (shared ownership).
Manufacturers interested in participating in the incentive program must apply to the DOC to be certified as "Made in Minnesota." In order to be eligible, the PV module must be manufactured at a facility located in Minnesota that is registered and authorized to manufacture in the state. Systems must be UL 1703-certified by a UL or UL-approved agency, and systems must be manufactured by a process that includes tabbing, stringing, and lamination, or must be manufactured by interconnecting low-voltage DC PV elements that produce the final useful PV output of the modules. Modules manufactured by attaching microinveters, DC optimizers, or other power electronics to a laminate or solar PV module that has received UL 1703 certification outside of Minnesota are not eligible.
|Incentive Type:||Performance-Based Incentive|
|Administrator:||Minnesota Department of Commerce|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Incentive Amount:||Varies by panel ownership and panel manufacturer (see below)|
|Maximum Incentive:||None specified|
|Eligible System Size:||Systems must be less than 40 kW-DC for non-residential systems, and up to 10 kW-DC for residential systems|
|Equipment Requirements:||Systems must be certified "Made in Minnesota"|
|Installation Requirements:||Must be grid-connected|
|Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:||Utility for 10 years, after which RECs belong to the system owner|
|Sectors:||Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential|
|Parameters:||The incentive has a maximum of 0.13 $/kWh (10 years), The system has a minimum of 40.00 kW-DC|
|Sectors:||Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Institutional|
|Parameters:||The system has a minimum of 40.00 kW-DC, The incentive has a maximum of 0.15 $/kWh (10 years)|
|Sectors:||Residential, Multifamily Residential|
|Parameters:||The system has a minimum of 10.00 kW-DC, The incentive has a maximum of 0.23 $/kWh (10 years)|
|Name:||Minn. Stat. § 216C.414|
|Name:||Commerce Energy Information Line|
|Organization:||Department of Commerce|
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.
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