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Minnesota passes $80 million solar and energy storage incentive package

May 24, 2023

PV Tech:

The state of Minnesota has passed an US$80 million solar and energy storage incentive programme, including multiple programmes and policy changes.

The Omnibus Environment, Natural Resources, Climate, and Energy Finance and Policy bill lists several programmes that the state will work on, such as the US$29.3 million Solar for Schools programme, which aims to provide grants to stimulate the installation of solar energy systems on or adjacent to school buildings by reducing the school’s electricity expenses and to enable schools to use the solar energy system as a teaching tool that can be integrated into the school’s curriculum.

Minnesota also spares US$5 million for the Solar on Public Buildings Programme to increase solar access to a wider range of Minnesota’s communities, providing grants to stimulate the installation of solar energy generating systems on public buildings.

According to Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA), US$12.5 million is spared for Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards programme. A total of US$420,000 is assigned for a multi-agency study and report on developing a statewide system to reuse and recycle solar panels.
[Simon Yuen]

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