Solar Hot Water Rebate Program

Solar Hot Water Rebate Program
State: Minnesota

  • Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
  • Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
  • Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Multi-Family Residential
  • Amount: $25 per square foot of net aperture
  • Maximum Incentive: Single family residential: lesser of 25% or $2,000
  • Multi-family residential (2-3 units): lesser of 25% or $4,000
  • Small business, including multi-family residential (4+ units): lesser of 25% or $25,000
  • Eligible System Size: Not specified, but rebates are limited
  • Equipment Requirements: Collectors must be SRCC OG-100 rated and have a five-year warranty; other components must have a one-year warranty and the systems (repaired or new) must have a two-year installation warranty; flat-plate collectors must have tempered glass glazing; other technical requirements exist for some components and configurations.
  • Installation Requirements: Installer must work with a licensed plumber; systems must have a back-up water heating system and outfitted for efficient operation (e.g., well-insulated); collectors must be mounted at an angle of at least 35 – 60 degrees from horizontal, securely fastened to the mounting structure, and 80% shade free.
  • Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Remains with project owner
  • Funding Source: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • Program Budget: $500,000 (2010 for all state solar thermal rebates)
  • Program Expiration Date: When funds are exhausted
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Energy Information Center
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Office of Energy Security
85 7th Place East, Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101-2198
Phone: (800) 657-3710
Fax: (651) 297-7891
Web Site: