Solar Equipment Certification (Minnesota)

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Place Minnesota
Name Solar Equipment Certification
Incentive Type Equipment Certification
Applicable Sector Commercial, Construction, Installer/Contractor, Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-10

References DSIRE[1]


Minnesota law requires that all active solar space-heating and water-heating systems, sold, offered for sale, or installed on residential and commercial buildings in the state meet Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) standards. Specifically, the rule references SRCC's "Operating Guidelines" pertaining to collector certification and system certification: OG-100 and OG-300, respectively. Local building officials may issue permits for the installation of solar water-heating systems and solar space-heating systems after these systems have been certified by the SRCC. The administrative rules specifically state that that the law does not apply to systems designed to produce electric power.

In a related development, Chapter 296-S.F. 3337, enacted in May 2008, required the Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES) to convene a technical stakeholder workgroup to develop criteria and characteristics for a Minnesota-based solar rating and certification laboratory similar in nature to the SRCC standards. Consequently, the OES issued a report to the legislature containing a set of recommendations on the development of state solar certification laboratory in January 2009.

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. § 216C.25

Authority 2: Minnesota Rules 1325.1100

  • 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)"