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Combat Climate Change in Minnesota with Solar Energy

The state of Minnesota is an emerging leader in the fight to combat climate change— With its strong renewable energy mandates comes very good incentives. Homeowners that install solar systems on their property can enjoy substantial incentives and rebates offered by their utility company, tax credits form the federal government , tax exemptions from the State of Minnesota, the benefits of a strong net metering program, and of course the great feeling of using the sun to power your home.

Top 2 MN Utility Rebate Companies

  • Xcel Energy: Xcel offers one of the best solar incentives in the nation. They will pay you $0.07 kWh for the next 10 years for all the energy your system produces! This equates to an average of $10,000 per customer (based on your system size and estimated production).
  • Dakota Electric: Dakota Electric offers a rebate of $0.50 per watt for installed capacity, not to exceed $4,000. The rebate is credited on your bill monthly at $0.08 per kWh produced up to the rebate amount or 10 years, whichever occurs first.
  • MN Power: Minnesota Power’s SolarSense program provides rebates to reduce the upfront costs of installing solar, helping make solar energy a more viable option for customers. SolarSense is available to customers installing a solar electric photovoltaic (PV) system. The program funds are awarded to customers on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Chaska Electric : Chaska Electric’s Distributed Energy Resource (DER) program provides customers who go solar payments for any excess power produced as well as incentives to go solar with reduced costs. The program funds are awarded to customers on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are many more utility companies in MN that offer incentives and we know all of them! Just request a solar quote for more information on what rebates and credits you are eligible for.

These rebates are in addition to the State Governed Net Metering Program that also requires utility companies to pay solar customers retail rate for the energy their system produces.

Minnesota’s Net Metering Program

Support the Gopher State’s ambitious goal when you go solar with Optimum Energy Group. In addition to reducing your carbon emissions, you also earn credits for the electricity you add to the grid, thanks to Minnesota’s net metering program.

How Does Net Metering Work?

The net metering laws in Minnesota are some of the best in the nation. Net Metering is how the utility company pays you for the excess electricity you produce from your solar system. You can currently install up to 120% of your typical power needs. This means that you can install a solar system that produces 20% more power than what you currently need and sell the power back to your utility company. How cool is that!

Does Minnesota Get Enough Sun for Solar Panels?

Despite the long cold winter, Minnesota ranked 13th in 2019 for solar. Surprising to some, solar installations in Minnesota are as good as those in Houston, Texas! Solar panels , similar to most electronics do prefer cold temperatures vs hot.

Why Go Solar in MN 

Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Going solar is one of the most impactful actions you could possibly take. The average Minnesotan’s solar system saves:

  • Equivalent to eliminating the burning of 6,173 lbs of coal per year!
  • Equivalent to sequestering as much carbon as 4.71 acres of forest year.
  • Equivalent to eliminating 13,680 miles on a vehicle per year.

Solar Saves Money

  • The average Minnesota home will save about $25,000 in utility costs over the life of the solar system.
  • The average homeowner in Minnesota will receive an estimated $10,000 in tax credits and rebates for going solar.
  • 90% of Minnesotans pay $0 down
    and start saving instantly with a lower monthly bill for solar than they currently pay to their utility each month.

More Solar Facts

  • There are nearly 200k homes powered by solar in Minnesota
  • Minnesota ranks in the top 13 states for solar in 2019
  • IKEA, Target and Mortenson Construction have all gone solar in the state