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, while using the opportunity to incorporate renewable energy information into school curriculum.
Schools within Xcel Energy Territory
Schools within Xcel Energy Territory, primarily in the Metro region, must apply directly through Xcel Energy’s program. Visit Xcel Solar*Rewards or email [email protected] to learn more.
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.
For information pertaining to application deadlines or eligibility, to learn more about the program, or to apply for a grant visit the Department of Commerce Solar for Schools Grant Program.
Learn about the status of 2022 grantees, program updates, expended and remaining funds, and the 2023 program schedule and process in the Solar for Schools Program Update webinar recording. Download the webinar slides [PDF]
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.