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Rochester Public Utilities - Solar Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/26/2014
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government
Amount:PV: $0.50 per watt
Solar Water Heating: $15 per square foot of collector area
Maximum Incentive:PV: $5,000
Solar Water Heating: $1,200
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.
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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.

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Rochester Public Utilities
4000 East River Road NE
Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: (507) 280-1500
Fax: (507) 280-1542
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