Willmar Municipal Utilities - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

July 12, 2022


Willmar Municipal Utilities has partnered with Missouri River Energy Services for Residential, Commercial and Industrial rebates. Rebates are available for a variety of energy efficient equipment including commercial refrigeration equipment, compressed air, food service equipment, HVAC, lighting, motors and drives, and pumps. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program website. Rebates are also available for contractors. Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: https://www.brightenergysolutions.com/municipalities-container/mn/willmar-municipal-utilities/?rebatetype=Business
Administrator: Willmar Municipal Utilities
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Dishwasher
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Compressed air
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Windows
  • Motors
  • Motor VFDs
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Commercial Cooking Equipment
  • LED Lighting
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
  • HVAC
Incentive Amount: Commercial Refrigeration
Commercial Ice Machines: $50 - $300
Retrofit Doors: $30 - $40/linear foot
ECM Fan Motors: $20 - $60/unit
Low Heat Reach-In Freezer Doors: $25/door
No Heat Reach-In Case Doors: $15 - $50/door
LED Refrigerated Case Lighting: $3 - $25
Strip Curtains: $150 - $900/opening

Compressed Air
Variable Frequency Rotary Vane or Screw Compressor: $35/HP
No Loss Air Drains: $160/Drain
Mist Eliminators: $4/HP
Dew Point Demand Controls: $150/100 CFM
Cycling Refrigerated Dryers: $75/100 CFM
Added Compressor Air Storage: $20/HP
Low-Pressure Blowers: $1,500/HP
Engineered Air Nozzles: $20/Nozzle
Compressed Air Controller: $3.25/HP
Compressed Air Leak Survey: Varies, see website. Not to exceed $5,000.

Custom Efficiency
The custom electric incentive is $270 per average kilowatt (kW) saved
during utility peak hours, which are defined as weekdays between the
hours of 1pm and 8pm during the months of June, July, August, and
September. Equipment must operate 1500 hours annually and must operate
regularly during the peak hours defined above in order to qualify
All custom electric incentives are limited to 75% of total project
cost, or 100% of material cost if self-installed.

Custom Electrification
If offered, the custom incentive will be determined by The Utility based
on the consideration of a variety of factors. All custom incentives are
limited to not exceed 75% of total project cost, or 100% of material cost if self-installed.
See application for more details.

Electric Forklifts
Class 1 Electric Forklifts: $2,000
Class 2 Electric Forklifts: $2,000
Class 6 Tow Tractors: $2,000

Food Service
Varies widely by equipment type.
See application for more details.

Split System Air Conditioning, Air Source Heat Pumps, Mini Splits, VRF, Multi-split Heat Pumps, PTAC’s, PTHP’s, Rooftop Units, Chiller Ice Storage and Chillers: $40/ton
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $200/ton
ECM Motors: $100 - $1,000/unit
Window or Wall A/C: $25/unit
Guest Room Energy Management Systems: $50/room
Demand Controlled Ventilation: $35/1000 sq. ft.
Energy Recovery Ventilators: $0.70/SCFM
Heat Pump Water Heaters: $150/unit
Window Film: $0.40/sq. ft.

The custom incentive is up to 15 cents per kWh predicted to be used annually

Lighting New Construction
LED Technologies: $1.50 - $14
LED High or Low Bay Lighting: $15 - $115/unit
LED Indoor Grow Lighting Fixtures: $100 - $175/unit
Custom Lighting: KW Demand Saved X $270

Lighting Retrofit
Varies widely by equipment type.
See application for more details.

VFDs and Pumps
Variable Frequency Drives on HVAC Fans, HVAC Pumps and Process Pumps: $40/HP
High Efficiency Pumps: $6 - $31/HP

Quality Install
This application is intended for use only by contractors certified to participate in the Bright Energy Solutions (BES) Commercial Quality Install Cooling Program.

UVGI Incentive: $8 per ton of affected HVAC system.
Equipment Requirements: See program website


Name: Energy Services
Organization: Willmar Municipal Utilities
Address: 700 Litchfield Ave. SW
Willmar MN 56201
Phone: (320) 235-4422
Email: energyservices@wmu.willmar.mn.us

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.