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Dakota Electric Association - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/06/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Vending Machine Controls, Personal Computing Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Design Assistance, De-commissioning, Energy Audits, LED Traffic Signals, Other, LED Lighting, Air Handling Systems, RTU Economizers
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Construction, Agricultural
Chillers: $10 - $20/Ton, plus $2/ton, per 0.1 above base efficiency
Cooling Towers: $3/nominal tower ton
Air Handling Systems (VAV): $170/VAV Box
Geothermal Heat Pump: $400/ton
Air Source Heat Pumps: $30 - $330
Central AC: $30 - $330/unit
Cycled Air Conditioning: $20/ton of cooling capacity A/C Tune Up: $25 Electric Heating: $30/kw
Rooftop/Split System Heat Pump: $18/ton, plus $5/ton per 0.1 above base efficiency
Condensers: $18/ton, plus $5/ton per 0.1 above base efficiency
PTAC/Water Source Heat Pumps: $10 - $13/ton, plus $1.30 - $3.50/ton per 0.1 above base efficiency
Economizers: $13/RTU ton
HVAC Recommissioning: 75% of costs up to $30,000

Lighting: $2 - $100 per lamp/fixture Motors
Motors: $15/HP
Variable Frequency Drives: $30/HP

Building/Process Measures
Building Commissioning: 50% of the project cost
Compressed Air Evaluation: 50% of project cost
Energy Star Building Certification: 50% of project cost
Design Assistance: 50% of project cost
Plan Review: 50% of project cost
Energy Audit: 50% of the project cost
VendingMiser: $75
Date Center/Computer Room Efficiency: Not Specified

Agricultural: Agricultural Ventilation
Dairy Free-Heater
Dairy Plate Cooler (Well-Water Pre-Cooler)
Hog Farrowing
Varies based on energy savings

Custom: 50% of project cost, up to $100,000
Maximum Incentive:$100,000
Building Measures: 50% of project cost up to $20,000
Central/Cycled Air Conditioning: $1,500
Compressed Air Evaluation: $2,000 - $15,000 depending on HP
Variable Frequency Drive: 50% of the project costs and $100,000 annually per member
Equipment Requirements:Review Program Worksheets (available on website)
Web Site:

Dakota Electric Association provides financial incentives for commercial and industrial customers to increase the energy efficiency of eligible facilities. Examples of equipment and measures eligible for rebates:

  • Adjustable Speed Drives 
  • HVAC Equipment 
  • Lighting Retrofits  
  • Lighting in New Buildings 
  • Motors 
  • Vending Machine Controls 
  • Heat Pumps
  • Agricultural Equipment

Rebates are limited to 50% of the project cost up to a maximum of $100,000. Customers who wish to participate in this rebate program should call Dakota Electric Association before the new equipment is purchased to ensure that funding is still available. Additional information and applications for all rebates can be found on the website listed above.

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Dakota Electric Service
4300 220th Street West
Farmington, MN 55024
Phone: (651) 463-6243
Phone 2: (800) 874-3409
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