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Visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce Website

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is dedicated to protecting the public interest, advocating for Minnesota consumers, ensuring a strong, competitive and fair marketplace, strengthening the state’s economic future, and serving as a trusted public resource for consumers and businesses.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce regulates more than 20 different industries, including insurance, state-chartered banks, credit unions, securities, and real estate. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is also responsible for enforcement of Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rules and orders, including regulation of natural gas and electric public utilities, energy conservation standards and information programs, and low-income home energy assistance and weatherization.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce provides information and resources for those seeking to purchase or install clean energy systems, including solar, wind, bioenergy, fuel cells, and heat pumps, as well as information on energy efficiency measures.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s clean energy programs and projects include:

  • The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is a 10-year, $15 million a year program that runs from 2014-2023. It will provide incentives for solar electric systems and rebates for solar thermal systems.
  • The Made in Minnesota PV Module Certification Application is now available for manufacturers seeking to have their modules eligible under the new program. 
  • The Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP) provides technical and financial assistance to state agencies, local government units, school districts, and institutions of higher learning.
  • The Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Grant Program funds energy research and development projects. The purpose of CARD is to identify new technologies or strategies to maximize energy savings, improve the effectiveness of energy conservation programs, or document the carbon dioxide reductions from energy conservation projects in order to help utilities to achieve the annual state energy conservation goal of 1.5 percent as established by the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007.

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