Minnesota Power - Solar-Thermal Water Heating Rebate Program

January 12, 2016


Note: Applicants planning to add a battery backup system in conjunction with a solar system, you must also complete the battery backup system addendum form .

Minnesota Power offers a 25% rebate for qualifying solar thermal water heating systems. The maximum award for single-family customers is $2,000 per customer; $4,000 for 2-3 family unit buildings; $10,000 for buildings with 4 or more family units; and $25,000 for businesses. This program is available to the utility's residential, commercial, and industrial customers that receive retail electric service, subject to availability of funding.

The 2015 program funds will be awarded on a lottery basis. Customers applying for the SolarSense Thermal Water Heating program must submit a pre-application form between January 1 and February 28 in order to be considered in the lottery. All applications received during the lottery timeframe will be randomly organized and given a “lottery position”. SolarSense funds will be awarded based on those lottery positions. If more applications are received than funds available, a Reserve List will be created. Applicants will be notified of their application status and lottery position no later than March 31.

The following conditions apply to Minnesota Power's Solar Thermal Water Heater Rebate Program:

  • Systems must be installed on or before December, and must meet the 12-month installation completion timeline.
  • Minnesota Power's Solar Hot Water Rebate funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Minnesota Power to determine availability of funds.
  • Systems must be installed by a solar energy installer (see web site for further details).
  • Minnesota Power reserves the right to limit the number of rebates per installer per year.

For further program information please consult the program web site or contact Minnesota Power.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.mnpower.com/Environment/SolarThermalWaterHeating
Administrator: Minnesota Power
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
Incentive Amount: 25% of costs
Maximum Incentive: Single-family unit: $2,000
Two- to three-family units: $4,000
Multi-family units (four or more): $10,000
Businesses: $25,000
Equipment Requirements: System must use electric water heating as a backup
Installation Requirements: Systems must be installed by an approved installer


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Renewable Energy
Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Parameters: The incentive has a maximum of 25.00 %


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.