NEW: Solar for Schools Grant Program
Established by the State Legislature in 2021, the Solar for Schools Grant Program is designed to stimulate the installation of solar energy systems on Minnesota public schools (outside of Xcel Energy Electricity Territory), while using the opportunity to incorporate renewable energy information into school curriculum.
The application process consists of a School Readiness Assessment which will demonstrate a school’s readiness to apply for grant funds. Download our checklist [PDF] to prepare for the assessment. Those schools deemed ready will be invited to complete a Full Grant Application. At least two rounds of funding per year will take place:
- 2022 RFP Funding Round 1: School Readiness Assessment (due by Jan. 31); Full Grant Application (due by May 31)
- 2022 RFP Funding Round 2: School Readiness Assessment (July 1–July 31); Full Grant Application (due by Nov. 30)
Learn more from the Department of Commerce Solar for Schools Program Overview [PDF]
Visit the Department of Commerce Solar for Schools Grant Program page for program details and links to apply.
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