Find help going solar

October 25, 2023

To help our community members explore solar options and compare companies, the City is partnering with EnergySage. EnergySage is a clean energy marketplace with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to make clean home energy solutions affordable and accessible to all.

One of the City’s goals in the Climate Equity Plan is to increase the use of solar throughout our communities. Since 2017, more than 1,700 homes have gone solar in Minneapolis. The City hopes to increase that number to 15,000 by 2032 with the help of new state and federal programs.

Finding a solar installation company

EnergySage gives consumers a one-stop shop to find reputable solar installation companies in your area. There are two options:

  • Rooftop solar: Install solar on your property.
  • Community solar: Subscribe to a local community solar farm. You don’t need to own property or install equipment.

Find more information and see solar installation companies on the EnergySage website.

Group purchases

One way to get help buying a rooftop solar system is to participate in a group buy program. Solar United Neighbors (SUN) runs Minnesota Solar Co-op, a group buy program. Learn about solar with other residents, and get a great price from a vetted solar installer. SUN helps you plug in to all available incentives, including the Minneapolis Green Cost Share program. Income-qualified homeowners get larger incentives by going through the Green Cost Share program.

Tax credit

The recent federal Inflation Reduction Act means you get a 30% tax credit when you install solar at your home or business.

Utility rebates

The Xcel Energy Solar*Rewards program offers an incentive paid annually for 10 years. It’s based on the amount of energy your solar system produces every year. It has upfront rebates for income-qualified families and schools too.