Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric - The Sunna Project

March 09, 2017


The Sunna Project allows any member to suscribe to the solar community program. The subscription includes the allocation of energy produced by their subscriped panel(s) to offset  their monthly electric bill. The first panel is 410 - watts and costs $170, additional panels are $1,225 per panel. In addition a participating member in the Sunna Project must also participate in the 16-hour Storage Water Heater Program. Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE) will give the participant a free 85 gallon or 105 gallon electric Marathon water heater along with a mixing valve in return for joining SWCE’s 16 Hour Water Heater Control Program. Members with an existing electric water heater on the 16 Hour Water Heater Control Program can take part in The Sunna Project, members would forfeit their monthly $10 credit they currently receive from SWCE for 10 years to be able to take part in The Sunna Project. Members are limited to subscribing to 20 panels or the equivalent number of panels that would produce their average annual energy use, whichever is less.

SWCE members can enroll in the Sunna Program, or the Communtity Solar Project by calling the office at 1-800-526-3414.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Water Heaters
Incentive Amount: First panel: $170, additional panels: $1,225
85 gallon/105 gallon electric Marathon water heater with mixing valve: Free
Maximum Incentive: Monthly electric bill will be credit for the amount of kilowatt hours (kWhs) the portion of the community solar array produced the previous month. These kWhs are subtracted from the monthly energy usage. If the credits exceed the monthly energy usage, the unused credits roll over to the next month.
Equipment Requirements: Must be a member of Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric’s 16 Hour Water Heater Control Program to receive free water heater and one $170 panel.
Installation Requirements: Must be a member of Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, in good standing with an active electric account.

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.