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Minnesota Power's SolarSense Solar Thermal Water Heating rebate program can help customers generate some of their hot water from the sun. For more information on Solar Thermal Water Heating, click here. Minnesota Power customers can receive a rebate for installing a qualifying solar thermal water heating system. A solar thermal water heating system can be installed in a home, business or community where electricity is the primary water heating source to qualify for Minnesota Power's rebate. Solar thermal water heating systems help conserve our natural resources and protect the environment.

We encourage customers to reduce electric energy consumption by making energy-saving improvements first. This helps to ensure that returns on a renewable energy investment are optimized.

Solar, wind, and other renewable energy options may not be the lowest cost way to reduce your energy bills. Energy efficiency improvements to your home or business are typically more cost effective than installing a solar electric system. Visit the Pyramid of Conservation for a roadmap to achieving energy-saving goals based on what is right for your home. For business customers, visit our visit our One Business section to find out how you can save energy, reduce costs, and get the most for your energy dollars.

After energy efficiency measures are taken, renewable energy may make sense for you as a clean energy source.

To qualify you must:

  • Be a Minnesota Power customer served on a retail basis. All conservation program-eligible customer classes can apply: residential, commercial and industrial. Generally limited to one rebate per customer, per year based on market activity and dollar availability.
  • Install the solar thermal water heating system by or before December 31, 2014.
  • Complete a Minnesota Power Solar Thermal preapplication form.
  • Obtain pre-approval from Minnesota Power on your solar thermal project before purchase and installation.
  • Have the solar thermal water heating system installed by a solar energy installer. Note: You are encouraged to use a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) installer.
  • Have electric water heating as the backup.
  • You may qualify for additional state rebates. Click here for more information.

Minnesota Power's SolarSense program offers a rebate of up to 25% of project costs, not to exceed $2,000 for single family homes, $4,000 for 2–3 units, $10,000 for 4 or more family units or $25,000 for businesses.

2014 SolarSense Funding
(Solar Electric and Solar Thermal Water Heating)

Note: Once the 2014 SolarSense funds have been fully committed* for projects, the program will continue to review projects to build a $50,000 reserve pool. In the event that previously approved projects drop out and funds are returned for reallocation, projects from the reserve pool will receive SolarSense funding in the order that they received approved system review and an approved Minnesota Power interconnection application for Solar Electric. This is only applicable to the program year in which the application was received. Reserve pool applications do not carry forward to future program years. If you are planning to add a battery backup system in conjunction with a solar system, you must also complete the battery backup system addendum form.

* Funds committed are funds that are reserved for solar projects that have completed the requirements, which includes Minnesota Power's interconnection approvals.
** Applications received and in process that have not been reserved.

Complete a preapplication form today to indicate your interest and to receive more information. Once reviewed, Minnesota Power will contact you with further details.

For more information on Minnesota Power's Solar Thermal Water Heating rebate program, contact Katie Gascoigne at 218-355-3236 or via email at KGascoigne@mnpower.com.

Minnesota Power, by providing these rebates, does not warrant the equipment or the work of the contractor and is not responsible for any personal injury or damage caused by the equipment. Minnesota Power reserves the right to withdraw the offer without notice.

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