Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association offers a range of rebates to non-residential customers who purchase and install approved energy efficient equipment. Rebates are available for motors, geothermal, air-source, and water-source heat pumps, air conditioning, lighting, variable frequency drives, and custom measures. All equipment requirements must be met in order to be eligible for rebates. Rebate amounts and equipment requirements can be found on the program web site listed above. Eligible customers can receive incentives worth 50% of the project cost, up to $100,000.
Earlier sections of chapter 103G describe the process of delineating public waters; this section describes the responsibility of contractors and property owners when construction or other activity affects public waters. No person may construct, reconstruct, remove, or make a change in a reservoir, dam, or waterway obstruction on a public water or in any manner change or diminish the course, current, or cross section of public waters without obtaining a permit, as described by this section.
Minnesota excludes the value added by solar-electric (PV) systems installed after January 1, 1992 from real property taxation. In addition all real and personal property of wind-energy systems is exempt from the state's property tax.* However, the land on which a PV or wind system is located remains taxable.
Wind-energy conversion systems used as electric-power sources are exempt from Minnesota's sales tax. Materials used to manufacture, install, construct, repair or replace wind-energy systems also are exempt from the state sales tax. A "wind energy conversion system" (WECS) is defined as any device, such as a wind charger, wind mill or wind turbine, that converts wind energy to a form of usable energy.
This section distinguishes between large (capacity 5,000 kW or more) and small (capacity of less than 5,000 kW) wind energy conversion systems (WECS), and regulates the siting of large conversion systems. The statute makes provisions for grouping WECS that are located within five miles and built within one year of each other, and exhibit characteristics (e.g., ownership) of being part of the same development.
Willmar Municipal Utilities offer rebates on Energy Star rated appliances and air conditioners and Marathon water heaters. In addition to these rebates, WMU also offers a Load Sharing Program. Participating customers can receive a $10 per month credit on electric bills if they allow their water heaters to be energized only from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM, and free load shifting equipment for air conditioners. Additional information, including applicable forms, can be found at the program web site listed above.
A wetland owner can apply to the host county for designation of a wetland preservation area. Once designated, the area remains designated until the owner initiates expiration, except where a state or governmental agency exercises eminent domain. Construction and certain public projects are prohibited on designated wetland preservation areas.