Minnesota Power - SolarSense Solar Rebate Program

March 07, 2023


Minnesota Power offers a rebate for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems up to 20 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. Rebates are worth $0.29/kWh expected production in the system's first year of operation. The expected production is determined by using PV Watts, a publicly available tool developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and accounts for specific characteristics of the system's siting. 

The installer must submit system design specifications to Minnesota Power in order to calculate the incentive estimate. Customers must also get preapproval of the project prior to purchase and installation of equipment. Additional requirements exist; see website above for complete details. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.mnpower.com/Environment/SolarSense/
Administrator: Minnesota Power
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
Incentive Amount: $0.56/kWh estimated production in the first year
Maximum Incentive: The total combined rebate and incentives cannot exceed $10,000, or 60% of installed costs, whichever is less.
Eligible System Size: At most 40 kW or 120% of the premise's 12-month energy consumption
Equipment Requirements: Install new components, including all major components. PV modules must come with a 20-year or greater manufacturer’s performance warranty. All inverters must come with a minimum 10-year manufacturer’s performance warranty. Installers must offer a two-year workmanship warranty.
Installation Requirements: Systems must be installed by a certified installer (NABCEP or UL)
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Participants are required to enter into a contract with Minnesota Power giving them all RECs in exchange for the incentive


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Residential, Federal Government, Multifamily Residential, Institutional
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of 0.29 $/kWh (1 year), The incentive has a minimum of $5000.00, The incentive has a minimum of 60.00 % of cost, The system has a minimum of 40.00 kW-DC


Name: SolarSense Program
Organization: Minnesota Power
Address: 30 West Superior Street
Duluth MN 55802
Phone: (218) 355-3720

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.