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Green Cost Share - Solar Project

Grants to Minneapolis, Minnesota Building Owners and Managers,
and Nonprofits to Install Upgraded Solar Power Systems

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Minneapolis, Minnesota building owners, property managers, nonprofits, and solar developers for the implementation of solar upgrades. Funding is intended to offer opportunities for commercial and multifamily buildings to reduce electricity usage. Priority will be shown to buildings located within the City's Green Zones or participating in the Affordable Housing program.

The Green Cost Share program aims to create a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable City of Minneapolis. Funds are offered for commercial, industrial, and multi-family properties undertaking an energy efficiency, solar, or innovative pollution reduction project. Projects contribute to the City's energy and environmental goals by reducing electricity derived greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and other dangerous pollutants.

The Solar Project offers two funding streams:

  1. Commercial-Multifamily Buildings: The City of Minneapolis wants to help Minneapolis buildings pay for solar upgrades. 
  2. Solar Group Buy: To encourage residential solar installations by offering  funds to solar installers involved in solar group purchasing. 

2020 Incentives are as follows;

  • $0.20 per estimated annual kWh production across the City of Minneapolis
  • $0.35 per estimated annual kWh production for properties is in a Green Zones of Minneapolis or participating in the 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program
  • $0.40 per estimated annual kWh production if your building is a part of the 4D program and within a Green Zone 

All work must meet City of Minneapolis, state, regional, and national zoning, building, and fire codes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182920

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

All improvements must be completed by November 20, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements for Solar Project:
1. Projects applying for a grant must be an existing commercial, multifamily (+4 Units), or industrial property located within the City of Minneapolis; or be enrolled in the City’s 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program. Or be a new project that has not already started construction
2. Applications limited to one project per master (tax) parcel. If you are applying for multiple projects on different master (tax) parcels, please fill out a separate application for each project.
3. Applicant must be building owner, property manager, or Community Solar Developer leasing or purchasing the solar array.

Applicants for Solar Group Purchase must be an existing building located within the City of Minneapolis, or be a new project that has not already started construction. In addition:
- Applicant must be a non-profit or solar developer offering discounts to residents through a group purchase
- Group purchase must involve at least 5 customers

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are December 1 (2019), February 1, April 1, and July 1, 2020 (until funding is exhausted).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email completed applications to:

City of Minneapolis, Environmental Services
Green Business Cost Share Program
250 South 4th Street - Room 414
Minneapolis MN 55415

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Minneapolis

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