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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 $20,000) 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 1, 2024, and be completed by December 31, 2024.

  • 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 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 

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

      • <5.4 Tons: 15 SEER or greater 

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

View all efficiency requirements (PDF)

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

Any eligible property in: 

  • A Minneapolis Green Zone 
  • A Minneapolis Great Street Eligible Priority Area 
Income Qualified Housing 40% $20,000

Income qualified housing or utility bill support program, such as:

  • Low Income Rental Classification (LIRC)
  • Income Qualified Solar Rewards
  • Subsidized Housing
  • Low-Income Serving Non-Profits


  • 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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