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|Last Update: 9/12/2014|
|2014 Program Capacity||MW Allocated||MW Available|
|4.6 MW||3.558 MW||1.04 MW|
Minnesota customers, are you considering a solar power system to produce renewable energy for your home or business? If so, we can help make it more affordable. Our newly approved 2014 Solar*Rewards® program offers incentives to customers for installing of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.
Reduce your energy bills by producing clean, renewable energy. If you don't use all the solar energy you produce, you'll even get a credit for the excess generation.
Currently, the state of Minnesota offers an additional rebate if you buy solar panels involving Minnesota manufacturers. Review the Made in Minnesota incentive program information through the Minnesota Department of Commerce to learn more. Other rebates, grants or tax credits may be available.
Wondering about the status of the former Solar*Rewards and Minnesota Bonus Programs?
Xcel Energy is no longer accepting new application submissions for the former Solar*Rewards (2013) and Minnesota Bonus (2014) programs.
New Solar*Rewards Performance-based Incentive (2014)
The new Solar*Rewards program offers an incentive based on the kWh production from the PV system, as recorded by the production meter. The incentive is paid annually at $0.08 (8 cents) per kWh produced over 10 years.
When you install solar panels through our Solar*Rewards program, you can:
When we buy your excess energy, it’s added to the grid which reduces emissions. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a 3.5 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system produces enough clean energy reducing the usage of fossil fuels and preventing emissions equal to a car driving an average of 6,208 miles.
When you qualify and install a solar PV system through our Minnesota Solar*Rewards program, you’ll receive an annual performance-based incentive payment of $0.08 (8 cents) per kWh produced by your system.
Excess Generation Bill Credit
When your system produces excess energy, you’ll earn credit on your bill. When your total bill credit amount reaches more than $25, we’ll automatically send you a check for that amount. A credit of less than $25 will be rolled over to your next monthly bill.
To qualify, you must:
The following steps (7 and 8) are optional at this stage, but you may complete them and submit your payment if you wish to do that at this time.
If you have questions, contact the Solar*Rewards team via:
You can use the installer of your choice or install the system yourself. Confirm that your installer understands our installation requirements and agrees to our guidelines. Some resources to find installers include:
Note: Participation in the Solar*Rewards program requires preapproval of your planned system design before purchase and installation.
For questions on the Solar*Rewards program, email SolarProgramMN@xcelenergy.com.
For questions about solar energy systems, options and installations, please contact your contractor.
For additional information about solar energy systems and our program, see our FAQs
If you are an installation contractor and would like an installer account, please complete our online application at the application website. You will then be able to complete an application for your customer.
Additional rebates, grants and tax credits for solar energy systems:
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