Commercial Small Wind Rebate Program (Minnesota)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Minnesota

Name Commercial Small Wind Rebate Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Nonprofit
Eligible Technologies Wind
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2012-01-06
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 35% of system and installation cost

Eligible System Size Up to 35 kW (rated capacity at 24.6 mph)
Equipment Requirements See MN OES website for approved/qualifying Turbine models

Major system components must be new or re-manufactured
5-year warranty required for major components and installation; 2-year warranty required for batteries (if applicable)

Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Installation Requirements Minimum wind speed of 12 mph at hub height

Wind systems must be installed by an appropriately licensed and bonded contractor

Maximum Incentive $25,000
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Not specified

Program Administrator Minnesota Office of Energy Security

References DSIRE[1]


As of 12/7/2010, funding for this program is fully reserved. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list in case additional funding becomes available.

The Minnesota Small Wind Turbine Rebate program provides financial support to commercial businesses that install Small Wind Turbine systems. Here, Small Wind Turbine systems are those with rated capacities at or less than thirty five kilowatts (35 kW) at 24.6 miles per hour (mph). Eligibility is determined by nature and size of the business, site designated for installation and equipment selected. The rebate amount is 35% of eligible system and installation costs, up to $ 25,000. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds have been reserved. A rebate application must be approved by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security before any equipment is ordered, purchased, or installed. A Rebate Confirmation Form and Rebate Claim Form will be mailed to the applicant upon application approval. Visit the Minnesota Small Wind Commercial Rebate webpage to obtain more further information on rebate application steps

Participant Eligibility Small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. A facility owned by a non-profit organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is eligible provided that the facility is used for a commercial activity.

Commercial Site Requirements The location for installation must be within the state borders of Minnesota. In addition, the site must register a minimum of 12 mph at wind system hub height. See the Minnesota OES Wind Speed Verification Tool in order to determine your location’s average annual wind speed: Wind Speed Verification Tool

Qualifying Installation and Technology The wind system must have a minimum average wind speed of 12.0 mph at hub height. Eligible wind system models are listed on the MN OES Commercial Small Wind Rebate website.

The small wind system must be installed by a bonded and/or licensed contractor, as applicable to state and local ruling. The installation must be finished within 180 days of rebate application approval.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Energy Information Center
Department Minnesota Department of Commerce
Division Office of Energy Security
Address 85 7th Place East, Suite 500
Place St. Paul, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55101-2198
Phone (800) 657-3710


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. § 16B.322

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


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"

Rebates Grants Wind Incentives

Wind Commercial % Max 35%

Wind Commercial Max KW 35
Wind Commercial Max $ $25,000

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


  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"