Commercial and multifamily buildings

You can apply for up to $75,000 in funds to reduce your building's energy use.


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  • Do not apply for funding for projects you have already started or finished.

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What to know


Eligible properties

Your property must meet these criteria:

  • Located in the City of Minneapolis
  • Property type is one of the following categories:
    • Business/commercial
    • Industrial
    • Multifamily (five units or more)
    • Nonprofit

Eligible projects

Your project must either:

  • Qualify for an Xcel or CenterPoint utility rebate
  • Electrify a piece of gas equipment

Other criteria:

  • Grants, matches and rebates cannot exceed your total project cost.
  • If you request more than $5,000 for LED lighting, your project must include a non-lighting component:
    • Sensors
    • Controls
    • Other non-lighting efficiency project


City match

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Your city match is based on both of these:

  • The total cost of the project
  • The incentive category for which your project qualifies
Category Maximum match
Base 20% up to $20,000
Environmental Justice 30% up to $30,000
Affordable Housing 40% up to $40,000
Energy benchmarked building 25% up to $75,000

Incentive categories

Base category

Any eligible property

Environmental justice category

Property must be located either in a Minneapolis:

  • Green Zone
  • Great Street Eligible Priority Area

Affordable housing category

Property qualifies for an affordable housing or utility bill support program, such as:

  • Low Income Rental Classification (LIRC)
  • Income Qualified Solar Rewards
  • Minnesota Energy Assistance Program
  • Weatherization Assistance Program

Energy benchmarking and equipment

Energy benchmarked building

Commercial and multifamily residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet under the city’s Energy Benchmarking ordinance.

Read the Energy Benchmarking ordinance

Equipment guidelines

Equipment must meet the recommended minimum efficiency guidelines. Exception: if a utility energy audit partner recommends otherwise.

See recommended minimum efficiency guidelines

Minimum guidelines


  • AFUE - Annual fuel utilization efficiency
  • ECM - Electronically commutated motor
  • EER - Energy efficiency ratio
  • EF - Energy factor
  • HSFP - Heating seasonal performance factor
  • IEER - Integrated energy efficiency ratio
  • SEER -  Seasonal energy efficiency rating
  • UEF - Uniform energy factor
Boiler 91% AFUE
Furnace 96% AFUE or higher
ECM motor
Gas water heater tank < 75,000 BTU .68 UEF
Gas water heater tank > 75,000 BTU 88% efficient
Gas water heater tankless .87 UEF
Heat pump water heater 3.5 EF
Attic/roof insulation - pitch roof R-49 and air sealing
Attic/roof insulation - flat roof Evaluated case by case
Wall insulation Minimum of R-11
Attic joist insulation Minimum of R-10
Ventilation - bathroom exhaust Multispeed with ECM motor

Air source heat pumps


Central: 16 SEER (10.5 EER), HSFP 9.5 
Non-ducted: 16 SEER (9.0 EER), HSFP 10.6

Air source heat pumps


Central: 15.2 SEER2 (10 EER2), HSFP2 8.1

Non-ducted: 16 SEER2 (9.0 EER2), HSFP2 9.5

Rooftop Unit

<5.4 Tons: 15 SEER or greater

>5.4 Tons: 12 EER and 13 IEER or greater

Get started

The first thing you should do is schedule an energy audit.

  • We recommend scheduling the audit at least one month before the application is due.

Helpful organizations

Contact one of these organizations for help:

Contact us

Green Cost Share

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505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
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