Energy Efficiency Improvements

The required application documents depend on the level and type of financial assistance. A complete application includes an application, technical report and appropriate forms and certifications below.

Application

Grant Only

  • Simplified (Project with total eligible project costs of $200,000 or less)
  • Full (Project with total eligible costs exceeding $200,000)
  • Guaranteed Loan Only

  • Guaranteed Loan Amount Less than $600,000
  • Guaranteed Loan Amount More than $600,000
  • Combination Guaranteed Loan/Grant

  • Guaranteed Loan Amount Less than $600,000
  • Guaranteed Loan Amount More than $600,000
  • Technical Report

    Each application for energy efficiency improvement project must have a technical report. The requirements of the technical report depend on the total eligible project cost.

  • If total eligible project costs are $200,000 or less, use Technical Worksheet for Small Energy Efficiency.
  • If total eligible project costs are more than $200,000, use Technical Worksheet for Large Energy Efficiency. (coming soon)
  • Additionally, energy efficiency improvement projects require an energy audit. The audit must show energy savings (bTU or Kwh) in order to be eligible for REAP funding.

  • For energy efficiency improvement projects with a total eligible project cost greater than $50,000, an energy audit must be conducted by or reviewed and certified by an energy auditor.
  • For energy efficiency improvement projects with a total eligible project cost less than $50,000, an energy audit or an energy assessment must be conducted by either an energy assessor or energy auditor.
  • My project is less than $50,000. What is the difference between an energy audit and energy assessment?

    An energy assessment is a report conducted by an experienced energy assessor, certified energy manager or professional engineer assessing energy cost and efficiency by analyzing energy bills and briefly surveying the target building, machinery or system. The report identifies and provides a savings and cost analysis of low-cost/no-cost measures. The report will estimate the overall costs and expected energy savings from these improvements, and dollars saved per year. The report will estimate weighted-average payback period in years. See the Technical Report guide for a complete description.

    An energy audit is a report conducted by a Certified Energy Manager or Professional Engineer that focuses on potential capital-intensive projects and involves detailed gathering of field data and engineering analysis. The report will provide detailed project costs and savings information with a high level of confidence sufficient for major capital investment decisions. It will estimate costs, expected energy savings from the subject improvements, and dollars saved per year. The report will estimate weighted-average payback period in years. See the Technical Report guide for a complete description.

  • Locate an energy auditor that works in Minnesota: List of Energy Auditors