Welcome to the Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Incentive Program

June 30, 2017

The Made in Minnesota solar incentive program has been repealed by the 2017 state legislature. The program will no longer be accepting new applications.  Solar projects that are completed by their funding deadline listed on the reservation confirmation or extension approval letters will be eligible for the full ten years of incentive.  State statute requires that all projects must start producing energy by October 31, 2018 in order to be eligible for an incentive. 

Effective July 1st, Kim W Havey has been reassigned to a new position within the Commerce Department and will no longer be working on the MiM program.  If you need assistance, please send an email to solar.help@state.mn.us.  Jack Kluempke will continue to provide program support.  However, he has been assigned additional responsibilities as well. We appreciate your patience as we transition the program and its staffing. Thank you

April 19, 2017

Recipients of a Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive were sent a report on April 19th with their actual 2016 energy production as reported by their utilities.   The energy production represents the energy produced by their solar installation during the 2016 calendar year.  The email will be coming from Minnesota Department of Commerce SNAP Surveys.com.  Recipients must respond to the energy production email letters by clicking on the link and then the yes or no button next to the production amount. If a response is not received by Commerce by June 1st the payment will not be made by July 1st.Recipients can call 651-539-1886 or send an email to the solar.help@state.mn.us with questions.  

March 23, 2017

The results of the 2017 random selection process have been posted to the Commerce Made in Minnesota Consumers program updates web page.  Projects that will receive a funding confirmation letter are listed by application number in red.  All other projects listed will be on the wait list. 

February 10, 2017

Clarification on required signatures: The customer disclosure form may be signed by the Host Customer and Installer using a wet signature or electronic signature.  A wet signature from the host customer is preferred.  The installation agreement may use a wet signature or electronic signature for both parties as well.  The application and notice of completion must be signed by all parties using powerclerk's docusign or a wet signature only.  

January 5, 2017

Made in Minnesota (MiM) Program Warranty Requirements for 2017 applications.  Commerce DOES NOT require the solar installation company or MiM certified module manufacturer to provide a compensatory damage warranty to the host customer for applications submitted for the 2017 program year. Commerce DOES require that the company entering into an agreement with the host customer explain to the host customer what is covered and what is not covered by whatever warranties are provided and insure that the host customer understands the warranties before having the host customer sign the customer disclosure form.

December 22, 2016

The 2017 program and program guidelines are now posted to the MiM website.  Please review the guidelines before completing applications.  A completed and signed customer disclosure form, installation agreement and parcel map are now required documents to be uploaded to submit an application.  Signatures on these forms must either be original wet signatures or if available, the e-sign signature available through PowerClerk.  Signatures submitted by any other technology or signed on "behalf of one of the parties to a document" will not be accepted and the application will be deemed incomplete.

November 15, 2016

Commerce has set the 2017 Made in Minnesota Incentive Amounts.  The rates are set for each of the five participating module manufacturers.  The rates are available on the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program webpage under the "incentives" tab. 

October 14, 2016

Extension requests are due by November 1st.  If a 2016 approved MiM project can not be installed by December 31, 2016, an extension request is required to be submitted to Solar.help@state.mn.us by November 1, 2016.  Please include the MiM application number in the subject line.  Also include a brief explanation for why the extension is needed and a copy of a sales order for the applicable solar modules.  The sales order should list the host customers name and address as well as number and type of modules.  Projects approved for extension will be giving until June 30, 2017 to be installed.  

February 26, 2015

The new and improved version of the solar suitability application is now available and can be uploaded as the shading report for the MiM application.  The app can be accessed by computer or mobile device at MN.Gov/Solarapp. The full report provides the monthly unshaded percentage needed to complete the monthly shade profile on the project components page of the application.   An onsite solar site assessment is still recommended for more shaded sites and complex system designs. 

Program Overview

The Minnesota legislature established a solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal incentive program for Minnesota residents and businesses who install PV and/or solar thermal systems using solar modules and collectors certified as manufactured in Minnesota.  The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce with an annual budget of $15 million for ten years, including $250,000 per year for solar thermal rebates. 

Home and Business Owners are strongly encouraged to work with a solar professional to complete the MiM application.  Applications will be accepted annually between January 1 and February 28 and selected by lottery.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. For instructions on how to complete the application please review the MiM application guidelines.

Solar PV projects must be located in one of the three participating electric investor owned utilities’ (IOU) service territories.  Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power, and Otter Tail Power are participating.

Incentives for solar PV are performance-based incentives (PBI), paid each year for 10 years based on the annually energy production in kilowatt hours (kWh) of the installed system.  Owners of an approved and installed PV system will receive payments annually by July 1st based on the kWh output of the system in the previous calendar year.

There are three PV incentive levels depending on the ownership and system size. In addition, amounts vary by the module manufacturer.  The three levels are For-Profit Commercial, Non-Profit/Public, and Residential. Commercial systems may have a capacity of up to 40 kW and residential systems may have a capacity of up to 10 kW.  Incentives may be assigned to a third party by submitting a notice of assignment to the program administrator or by completing the initial application with the third party identified as the payee and/or system owner.

Solar thermal air and water heating rebates are also available to commercial, multi-family and residential property owners who install Made in Minnesota certified solar thermal systems.  The one-time rebate is equal to 25% of the system installed cost up to a maximum of $2,500 for residential, $5,000 for multi-family and $25,000 for commercial systems.  All Minnesota residents and businesses located in Minnesota are eligible for the solar thermal rebate with priority given to IOU customers.

For general information on the Made in Minnesota (MiM) program see the Made in Minnesota Consumer or Solar Industry websites or email your questions to Solar.help@state.mn.us  or call the Commerce Energy Information Line: 651-539-1886 or toll free 1-800-657-3710.