Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature

House MN

House lawmakers advance plan to expand solar energy rewards program

More people could be eligible for Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Program.

Sponsored by Rep. Marion O'Neill (R-Maple Lake), HF3232 would make the program easier to use by increasing the maximum capacity of solar energy systems eligible for incentives from 20 kilowatts to 40 kilowatts.

The House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee approved the bill, as amended, Tuesday and sent it to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Representing Ideal Energies, Reid LeBeau said the bill is corresponding policy language “that we need” after the Made in Minnesota Solar Program was repealed last year. That program provided incentives for projects up to 40 kilowatts, while Xcel’s Solar Rewards program was for projects up to 20 kilowatts – this bill closes that gap.

“This language is needed just to make sure the intended beneficiaries of that money – so that the law follows those beneficiaries – that’s really all this bill does,” LeBeau said.

The bill’s companion, SF2696, sponsored by David Osmek (R-Mound), is awaiting action on the Senate Floor. 

Related Articles

Priority Dailies

House committees, schedule and chairs announced for 2019-20 biennium
The framework for the 2019 legislative session took shape Wednesday as House DFL leaders announced the committee structure, chairs and the schedule lawmakers will follow when they reconvene Jan. 8, 2019.
Strong suburban showing puts DFL in control of House
Winning a number of key races in the Twin Cities suburbs, the DFL picked up 18 seats and will hold a 75-59 advantage when the House convenes Jan. 8, 2019.
Omnibus bills provide framework for the state's biennial budget plan
At the beginning of the state’s two-year fiscal cycle, the first year of the legislative session is traditionally a “budget year.” It’s a lengthy process, but it’s one that requ...

Minnesota House on Twitter