Rochester Public Utilities - Solar Rebate Program (Minnesota)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Minnesota

Name Rochester Public 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: 0.50 per watt

Solar Water Heating: 15 per square foot of collector area

Eligible System Size PV: Between 0.5 kW and 10 kW
Equipment Requirements PV: Equipment must be new. PV modules must be certified, meeting the most current edition of Underwriters Laboratory Standard 1703 (UL1703) and must have a 20 year or greater manufacturer's performance warranty. Inverters must be certified as meeting the current edition of Underwriters Laboratory Standard 1741(UL1741) and come with a minimum five-year manufacturer's warranty.

Solar Water Heating: All system components must be new. Entire system must be rated by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) and assembled by the manufacturer. Collectors must be SRCC OG-100 rated and have a five-year warranty; other components must have a one-year warranty. Flat plate collectors must have tempered glass glazing.

Maximum Incentive PV: 5,000

Solar Water Heating: 1,200

Program Administrator Rochester Public Utilities

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


Rochester Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $0.50 per watt while eligible solar water heating systems can earn $15 per square foot of collector area. Systems must fully comply with equipment and installation requirements set forth by RPU.

In order to obtain eligibility, customers must agree to a net-metering and interconnection contract with Rochester Public Utilities. An energy audit must also be performed prior to system installation and results shared with RPU. Incentives are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. RPU obtains the right to withdraw the program at any time without notice.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service RPU
Department Rochester Public Utilities
Address 4000 East River Road NE
Place Rochester, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55906
Phone (507) 280-1500


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


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