Topic: Solar Thermal

Ringing in the New Year with New Incentives!

Ringing in the New Year with New Incentives!

With the New Year just around the corner, there are many things to look forward to including some new incentives! Santa’s delivering incentives for both Minnesota and Wisconsin residents and business owners. Here’s the round up!


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The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is Back for Year 2!

The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is Back for Year 2!

Made in Minnesota (MiM) is a solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal incentive program that gives rebates to consumers based on the performance of the system aka how many kilowatt hours (kWh) produced in a year (PV) or the size of the system (thermal). MiM’s true purpose is to create jobs while making Minnesota greener and lowering the cost of Minnesota manufactured solar products. Run by the Department of Commerce – Division of Energy Resources and legislated to last 10 years, $15 million is available annually for rebates with $250,000 set aside for solar thermal.


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Hot Water at Camp St Croix

Hot Water at Camp St Croix

The YMCA Camp St Croix gets a spiffy solar hot water system on its new King leadership Center bunk house in Hudson, WI. Camp participants will get a dose of sustainability while staying at this new LEED certified building, complete with hot water for showering from the sun!


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SunPower plans 13.78MW solar plant.

SunPower plans 13.78MW solar plant.

SunPower has begun designing a 13.78MW solar power plant at the navy base in China Lake, California with the intention of breaking ground next month and to be in operation at the end of next year. The project will feature SunPower Oasis Power Plants.


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Council Bluffs assisted living

Council Bluffs assisted living

Their new Council Bluffs building features a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system, a solar hot water system for the domestic hot water usage, as well as a ground source heat pump system for the common areas heating and cooling.


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Wisconsin’s 2nd largest solar hot water.

Wisconsin’s 2nd largest solar hot water.

This Energy Star-rated $1.5M residential construction project incorporates one of the largest residential solar hot water systems in the Upper Midwest.

With the house being new construction, the solar system was closely coordinated with the architectural design.


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