Austin Utilities - Solar Rebate Program (Minnesota)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Minnesota

Name Austin Utilities - Solar Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount PV: 50¢ per watt

Solar Water Heating: 15 per square foot net aperture

Eligible System Size PV: 0.5 kW - 10 kW
Equipment Requirements PV: Must be new, UL-listed, in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards

Inverters must carry a minimum 5-year warranty
Panels must carry a 20-year warranty
Solar Water Heating: Must be new, SRCC OG-100 rated
Collectors must have 5-year warranty
All other components must have 1-year warranty

Installation Requirements Systems must be installed by a licensed, qualified professional

An energy audit must be conducted prior to installation

Maximum Incentive PV: 5,000

Solar Water Heating: 1,200

Program Administrator Austin Utilities

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Austin Utilities provides incentives for their residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn 50¢ per watt; eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area. Incentives are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Austin Utilities obtains the right to withdraw the program at any time without notice.

In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Austin Utilities. An energy audit must be performed prior to system installation and results shared with Austin Utilities.

Application forms with additional information are available on the program web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service - AU
Department Austin Utilities
Address 400 4th Street NE
Place Austin, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55912-3495
Phone (507) 433-8886


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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