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Minneapolis Green Cost Share Grants for Efficiency Upgrades

CEE has partnered with the City of Minneapolis to offer Green Cost Share grant funding for businesses. Grants can cover 20% - 40% of the cost (up to $10,000) of eligible lighting, HVAC, or refrigeration upgrades on top of regular program rebates.

How the program works

Sign up for a free, no commitment lighting, HVAC, or refrigeration assessment to get started.

After the assessment, you’ll receive a customized report with recommendations and estimated energy savings, grants, and program rebates.

Your lighting, HVAC, or refrigeration consultant will guide you through the upgrade process including assistance finding a contractor and reviewing bids.

The CEE team will complete and submit all grant and rebate paperwork when the project is finished.

More information about the program.

  • Businesses, nonprofits, and multifamily properties (4+ units) located in Minneapolis are eligible.

  • Project must begin after January 15, 2022, and be completed by November 30, 2022.

  • Project cannot be started before the participant has signed the Green Cost Share Funding Approval form provided by CEE. 

  • Projects must qualify for a rebate through the One-Stop Efficiency Shop or Xcel Energy Commercial Refrigeration Assessment programs that are administered by CEE, and meet the following additional efficiency requirements (if applicable):
    • Efficiency requirements for lighting equipment installed: 

      • DLC listed or ENERGY STAR certified 

      • Lighting projects will be capped at $5,000 in grant funding unless controls or other measures are included 

    • Efficiency requirements for Roof-top unit (RTU) HVAC equipment installed: 

      • <5.4 Tons: 15 SEER or greater 

      • >5.4 Tons: 12 SEER and 13 IEER or greater 

Category City Match (%) Maximum match ($) Qualifying properties
Base Rate 20% $10,000 Any eligible property
Energy Benchmarking Building 25% $10,000 Eligible commercial and multifamily residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet under the city’s Energy Benchmarking ordinance 
Environmental Justice 30% $10,000

Any eligible property in: 

  • A Minneapolis Green Zone 
  • A Minneapolis Great Street Eligible Priority Area 
  • An income qualified housing or utility bill support program (e.g., LIHEAP, subsidized housing, etc.) 
Minneapolis Forward 40% $10,000 Eligible properties significantly impacted by the civil unrest in 2020 

 

  • Grants are available on a first come first served basis until funds are depleted.

  • Funding amounts awarded will be based on the completed work.

This program is supported by

City of Minneapolis Health Department
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