You can apply for up to $50,000 in funds to help put solar on your roof.


solar panels




We help fund new solar energy projects.

Do not apply for funding for projects you've started or finished.

Apply for funding

Eligible properties

Your property must: 

  • Be located in the City of Minneapolis
  • Fall into one of the following categories
    • Business/Commercial
    • Industrial
    • Multifamily (3 units or more)
    • Nonprofit
    • Enrolled in the City's 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program
    • Single-family or duplex (solar group purchase only)

Solar group purchases 

Your project must meet all of the above requirements, plus:

  • Must include least five properties
  • 20% of those properties must be environmental justice or affordable housing

Incentive categories and criteria

Base category

Any eligible property

Environmental Justice category

Property must be located in a Minneapolis:

  • Green Zone, or
  • Great Street Eligible Priority Area, or

Affordable Housing category

  • Affordable housing or utility bill support program, such as:
    • Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program
    • Low Income Rental Classification (LIRC)
    • Income Qualified Solar*Rewards
    • Minnesota Energy Assistance Program
    • Weatherization Assistance Program


Category* Rate per kWh-AC**
Base 20 cents 
Environmental Justice 35 cents
Affordable Housing 40 cents

*The maximum match amount for each category is $50,000.

**Per estimated annual kilowatt hours (kWh-AC) of production.

City match

We calculate the match by multiplying two numbers.

  • The estimated annual kilowatt hours (kWh-AC) of production of your solar energy system
  • The incentive rate for your project's category

Example: 30,000 kWh x $0.20/kWh = $6,000

How to determine which numbers to use

  • Ask your solar installer for the kWh. Make sure PVWatts or another solar production modeling program supports this number.
  • Work with City staff to determine the appropriate category for your project.


Contact us

Green Cost Share

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415