Rural Wind Energy Revolving Loan (Minnesota)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Minnesota

Name Rural Wind Energy Revolving Loan
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Tribal Government, Municipal Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative
Eligible Technologies Wind
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Start Date 2007-05-26

Maximum Incentive 100,000 for any single project or entity

Terms Annual interest rate of 1.5%;

Repayment must be made within 30 days of project operation or two years of the date the loan is issued, whichever is sooner.

Program Administrator Minnesota Department of Commerce

References DSIRE[1]


The purpose of the Rural Wind Energy Revolving Loan is to assist the funding of wind energy feasibility and transmission interconnection studies for community-based energy developments (C-BEDs). The program will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) in cooperation with the Southwest Initiative Foundation. It will provide loans of up to $100,000 per project with an annual interest rate of 1.5%. Loans must be paid back within 30 days of a project beginning commercial operation or within two years of the date the loan is issued, whichever is sooner. To be eligible for a loan, a project must be owned and structured according to C-BED criteria defined by Minn. Stat. § 216B.1612 and amended by 2007 S.F. 145, Article 4. These criteria are summarized below.
Qualifying Owners:

  • a Minnesota resident;
  • a limited liability company that is organized under chapter 322B and that is made up of members who are Minnesota residents;
  • a Minnesota nonprofit organization organized under chapter 317A;
  • a Minnesota cooperative association organized under chapter 308A or 308B, including a rural electric cooperative association or a generation and transmission cooperative on behalf of and at the request of a member distribution utility;
  • a Minnesota political subdivision or local government including, but not limited to, a municipal electric utility or a municipal power agency on behalf of and at the request of a member distribution utility, a county, statutory or home rule charter city, town, school district, or public or private higher education institution or any other local or regional governmental organization such as a board, commission, or association;
  • a tribal council

In addition, in order for a project to be considered community-based:

  • 51% of the revenues from the power purchase agreement must flow to Minnesota-based owners and other local entities
  • No single wind project investor can own more than 15 percent of a project consisting of more than two turbines, except when the owner is a qualifying public entity that is not a municipal utility
  • All owners of property traversed by transmission lines serving the project must be given the opportunity to invest
  • The project must have a resolution of support adopted by the county board of each county in which the project is to be located or in the case of a project located within the boundaries of a reservation, the tribal council for that reservation

Prior to receiving a loan, project owners must also first complete an interconnection feasibility study that indicates the project can be interconnected with system upgrades of less than 10% of the estimated project cost and must either obtain a power purchase agreement (PPA) with an electric utility or supply proof of serious consideration of such an agreement. Contact the Minnesota Energy Information Center for further information and application details.

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

Authority 1: S.F. 2096 Article 2, Section 28
Date Effective 2007-05-07
Date Enacted 2007-05-07

Authority 2: Minn. Stat. § 216B.1612

Authority 3: S.F. 145, Article 4
Date Effective 2007-05-26
Date Enacted 2007-05-25

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Wind Loan Program
Department Southwest Initiative Foundation
Address 15 3rd Avenue NW
Place Hutchinson, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55350
Phone (800) 594-9480


  • 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)"