**The SGIA is only required in addition to the online application for systems sized between 10-500 kW
Note: The SAMPLE documents have been provided for informational purposes only. These documents will not be accepted as valid for any reason under regular program operations.
Through our Solar*Rewards® for Residences program, you install solar panels at your home so that you can produce your own energy. If you produce more than you need, the extra energy is added to our grid, and you receive a credit on your bill.
In most cases, you’ll work with a developer or installer who will take care of most of the technical aspects of the process. View our Working with Third Party Providers page for helpful tips and links to websites that can help you find a company to work with.
Are you a solar developer or installer? Access our Renewable Developer Resource Center.
Before installing solar panels, you'll want to consider all of your renewable energy options. Visit Is Solar Right for Me? to learn more about important factors to consider.
If you do decide to participate in Solar Rewards, you'll want to solicit bids from several installers whom you may choose to work with. The installer you select will help you determine the appropriate system based on size, design, and scale.
Typically the solar installer will submit your Solar Rewards application on your behalf, however, if you are interested in registering your own application simply log into the Solar Rewards Application Portal (external link) below.
The 2017 Solar Rewards incentive program includes the same program requirements (outlined below) and incentive level as the 2015 and 2016 programs. The current performance based incentive (PBI) offered to customers to help offset the cost of installing PV is $0.08 (8 cents) per kWh produced by the PV system. The incentive is paid annually for 10 years, with payment being made by check in January and February of each year depending on your billing cycle.
2017 Program Capacity
|MW Allocated||MW Available|
|4.600 MW||1.597 MW||3.000 MW|
Last updated: 4/5/2017
Did you, or are you planning to move to a property where solar panels are installed? Are you selling a property with solar panels installed? Most solar rooftop installations are tied to a contract with Xcel Energy which requires a transfer of ownership. The Solar Rewards or net metering contract with Xcel Energy must be transferred to the new owner to receive the benefits of the solar generation. The transfer of ownership is commonly referred to as the Assignment of Contract. Please follow the instructions to begin the assignment of ownership process.
Note: These sample Application Documents are to be used as a reference, all official Solar Rewards documents must be downloaded from the online application.
To qualify, you must:
Funding Approval Phase
*Customers receive funding if customer/system information meets the program requirements and there are funds available in the Solar*Rewards annual budget.
Program/Engineering Approval Phase
Send all application materials to:
Attn: MN Solar*Rewards
414 Nicollet Mall, 6th Fl
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Or upload online at the application website (must be registered, see Documents section on site).
If you would like to receive regular e-mail communications regarding regulatory and program updates from the Solar*Rewards Team please sign up here.
Still have questions? Email us and we’ll answer your questions and help guide you through the process if you're ready to go solar.
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