Public Meeting Notice

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 March 4, 2015

Public Meeting Notice

The Minnesota Department of Commerce

will host a Public Meeting on

the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program Rule Making Process

Friday, March 20, 2015

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Golden Rule Building, Room 295

85 7th Place East, Saint Paul, MN 55101


Introduction of the Process by Deputy Commissioner Bill Grant

Overview of the Rule Making Process

Questions and Answers

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 18 to

See Request for Comments below


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Minnesota Department of Commerce


Possible Rules Governing the Made in Minnesota Program.

Subject of Rules. The Minnesota Department of Commerce requests comments on possible rules governing the Made in Minnesota program under Minnesota Statutes, sections 216C.411 to 216C.416.  The proposed rules are intended to establish and clarify definitions and requirements for application and qualification, for example: setting annual solar photovoltaic incentive amounts, criteria for extension approval, priority criteria for solar thermal rebates, clarification of the certification criteria for a Made in Minnesota module and collector, application and notice of completion documentation, defining what constitutes a single site; and any related changes necessary to accomplish this. 

Persons Affected. The rules would likely affect the following persons: solar energy project owners, installers, manufacturers, lenders, and solar energy advocates.

Statutory Authority. Minnesota Statutes, sections 216C.02 and 45.023 authorize the Commissioner of Commerce to adopt rules necessary to carry out the commissioner's responsibilities to apply for, receive, and spend money received from federal, municipal, county, regional, and other government agencies and to apply for, accept, and disburse grants and other aids from public and private sources.

Public Comment. Interested persons or groups may submit comments or information on these possible rules in writing until further notice is published in the State Register that the Department intends to adopt or to withdraw the rules. The Department will not publish a notice of intent to adopt the rules until more than 60 days have elapsed from the date of this request for comments.

Rules Drafts. The Department has not yet drafted the possible rules.

Agency Contact Person. Written comments or questions, requests to receive a draft of the rules, and requests for more information on these possible rules should be directed to: Susan Bergh, Rules Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Commerce, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101, Phone: (651) 539-1456,  E-mail:  TTY users may contact the Department through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or call 1-800-627-3529.

Alternative Format. Upon request, this information can be made available in an alternative format, such as large print, Braille, or audio. To make such a request, please contact the agency contact person at the address or telephone number listed above.

NOTE: Comments received in response to this notice will not necessarily be included in the formal rulemaking record submitted to the administrative law judge if and when a proceeding to adopt rules is started. The agency is required to submit to the judge only those written comments received in response to the rules after they are proposed. If you submitted comments during the development of the rules and you want to ensure that the Administrative Law Judge reviews the comments, you should resubmit the comments after the rules are formally proposed.