2019 might be the best year to get solar energy for your house

Are you thinking about solar panels for your house? You can get help from the City of Minneapolis Green Cost Share Program and other resources in 2019. Solar energy is clean and renewable, and over time it can save you money on your electricity bill.

Current federal tax credits covering 30 percent of the cost of a solar project are at their peak this year and decrease each year after that until expiring at the end of 2021. Xcel Energy also offers incentives, which expire in 2021.

To get started

  1. Find out if your location gets enough shade-free sunlight for solar power. You can check the University of Minnesota solar suitability maps for an initial look before talking to an installer.
  2. Choose an installer. City staff recommend getting two or three bids and looking at company reviews.
  3. Ask your installer to connect you with the City of Minneapolis Green Cost Share Program and any other resources, such as Xcel Solar*Rewards incentives, etc.

Find more information about energy incentives here.

Green Cost Share Program

City of Minneapolis incentives are based on the size and electricity production of the system. Minneapolis residents may qualify for additional incentives between $1,500 and $4,000 from the City of Minneapolis depending on the size of the array. Applicants must be part of a group purchase of five or more property owners. See “To get started” above. For more information about the Green Cost Share Program, call 311 or email [email protected].


Jan. 11, 2019

Published Jan 11, 2019



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