New Incentives for Those Who Choose Solar

By KBJR News 1

New Incentives for Those Who Choose Solar

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM CDT

People considering solar energy as a choice for their homes or businesses will welcome an enhanced program being launched by Minnesota Power in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Energy Design Conference & Expo, Feb. 21-22, 2012, at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center (DECC).

Minnesota Power’s newly updated SolarSense program makes solar energy more affordable to residential and commercial customers, while promoting Minnesota manufacturers, ensuring quality installations, and recognizing customers who are committed to energy efficiency.

Program rebates and incentives:

• Provide a base rebate of $2,000 per kilowatt;
• Reward customers who choose solar products, equipment or systems manufactured
in Minnesota;
• Encourage quality installation by solar installers certified through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP);
• Offer a bonus rebate to customers with a proven history of energy efficiency in their homes or businesses; and
• Recognize nonprofit/tax exempt customers with a higher rebate to support demonstration and/or community renewable energy projects.

The program’s new tiered incentives, when combined with the base rebate, could total as much as $4,750 per kilowatt for eligible solar projects. For example, a 5 kW system could qualify for more than 20,000 in combined rebates and incentives.

“Minnesota Power has a long-standing history of encouraging the adoption of renewable energy options such as solar electric ystems,” said Tina Koecher, manager of energy efficiency, Minnesota Power.

“Solar is definitely part of the emerging energy landscape. Through our Power of One® conservation program rebates and tools, we can help our customers get the most for their energy dollars while realizing the many benefits of their investment in solar energy.”

Minnesota Power hosts the annual Energy Design Conference & Expo at the DECC in partnership with many other organizations. To learn more about the enhanced SolarSense program, stop by the Minnesota Power exhibit booth, visit www.mnpower.com/powerofone
under Renewable Energy, or call 218.355.2843, option 4.

(Minnesota Power News Release)