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Energy Design Assistance

A custom approach to uncovering savings for new construction, addition and renovations

Planning a major renovation or construction project? Start here to save up front with rebates on efficient equipment – and save down the line, with lower energy costs for years to come.

We offer Energy Design Assistance (EDA) to qualified Minnesota and Colorado business customers. EDA is a free, comprehensive approach to energy and cost savings for businesses considering new construction or major renovation projects.

EDA services can be tailored to the unique needs of your business. Featured services include:

Get Started

Fill out the application (see below) and call your Xcel Energy account manager or an energy efficiency specialist at 855-839-8862.

Is your project less than 20,000 square feet? The Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) program may be right for you.

Application Forms

Energy Design Assistance Online Application (external link)

Energy Design Assistance Requirements (PDF)


Energy Design Assistance supports long-range energy efficiency. Key benefits of the program include:


We offer two tiers of service: EDA Standard and EDA Enhanced.

  1. EDA Standard

    Our core program offering is ideal for business construction projects with stated energy savings goals in mind and the ability to take advantage of strategy investigation through a fully integrated energy analysis and optimization.

    • Suggested Project Size: Greater than 20,000 square feet.
    • Timing: Schematic or Early Design Development.
    • Energy Savings Requirement: 5% (kW, kWh and/or Dth).
    • Rebates: $400 per kW and $.04 per kWh and $5 per Dth.

  2. EDA Enhanced

    EDA Enhanced is ideal for design teams and owners interested in a very early goal setting and evaluation of options beginning in the pre-design and concept stages. These early energy modeling options (massing, daylighting, and early HVAC analysis) will be refined and optimized as the design progresses.

    Decisions made in the early stages of design have significant potential for energy conservation. For that reason, the Enhanced EDA option is limited to projects that are able to address pre-design or concept issues. Projects interested in obtaining a green building certification should consider this option first.

    • Minimum Project Size: 50,000 square feet.
    • Timing: Pre-design or early schematic design.
    • Energy Savings Requirement: 30% demand (kW) savings.
    • Rebates: $400 per kW and $.04 per kWh and $5 per Dth.
    • Other Requirements: Proof of registration with a third-party verified green building certification, such as United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Minnesota B3 requirements. And an agreement to participate in at least two additional modeling reviews.

General Information

MN EDA Info Sheet (PDF)
The Weidt Group (external link)


Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) - U.S. Green Buildings Council (external link)
Minnesota B3 (external link)

Case Studies


YMCA Case Study (PDF)
Bishop H. Whipple Federal Building Case Study (PDF)
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office 911 Emergency Communications Facility Case Study (PDF)
Medina Public Works Facility Case Study (PDF)
Bielenberg Sports Center Case Study (PDF)
Walker Community Library Case Study (PDF)
Blue Earth County Justice Center Project Details


Schmidt Artist Lofts Case Study (PDF)
Sienna Green Phase II Case Study (PDF)
The Rose Case Study (PDF)

Arts & Entertainment

Hyland Hills Chalet Case Study (PDF)
Ordway Center for Performing Arts Case Study (PDF)
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota Case Study (PDF)


Wildwood Elementary School Case Study (PDF)
Intermediate School District 287 Case Study (PDF)
Jordan Middle School Case Study (PDF)


Washburn Center for Children Case Study (PDF)
Radisson Blu Mall of America Hotel Case Study (PDF)
Habitat for Humanity Case Study (PDF)
MRCI Case Study (PDF)
Rice Building Systems, Inc. Project Details
Hazelden Case Study (PDF)

Additional information

Daylighting Steps to Success (PDF)
Business Program Summary (PDF)

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