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 schools, while using the opportunity to incorporate renewable energy use into school curriculum.
2024 Program Updates Webinar
Date and Time: Friday, October 6, 2023, 11:30 AM
The Minnesota Department of Commerce invites schools, stakeholders, solar developers, and other interested parties to attend a webinar about recent changes made to the program during the 2023 Minnesota Legislative Session. Commerce is also seeking stakeholder input pertaining to draft programmatic changes that will be incorporated into the program beginning January 2024. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A period.
Schools within Xcel Energy Territory
Beginning in January 2024, the Minnesota Department of Commerce will administer the grant program for schools within this territory as well.
Schools Outside of Xcel Energy Territory
The Solar for Schools program for schools not in Xcel territory is managed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
The application process consists of obtaining a Project ID from Commerce, submitting 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.
2023 Funding Round 2
- Readiness Assessment: Aug. 8 - Sept. 5
- Full Grant Application: Due Dec. 29
For information pertaining to application deadlines or eligibility, to learn more about the program, or to apply for a grant visit the Solar for Schools Grant Program.
CERTs staff provide schools free and unbiased technical assistance at any stage throughout the solar project development process and throughout the grant application process.
For general guidance, scroll down to view our Menu of Services for tips and resources to prepare for solar on your school.
For specific technical assistance requests directly related to the Solar for Schools grant process, contact Peter Lindstrom (612-625-9634 or [email protected]) to schedule a meeting. Examples include:
- Scheduling your CERTs Pre-Application consultation.
- One-on-one assistance meeting Readiness Assessment requirements.
- Understanding your Financial Analysis Technical Assistance Report.