Amid PV boom, solar thermal systems often overlooked

A solar thermal system is installed on a Minnesota barn in 2008. (Photo by Clean Energy Resource Teams via Creative Commons)

While soaring propane prices last winter helped build interest in solar thermal systems, results from a Minnesota rebate program show the market is still lukewarm.

The state’s Department of Commerce has enough rebate money left over to fund dozens more solar hot water or solar thermal projects through its Made in Minnesota (MiM) program. Meanwhile, a much larger pool of money for PV has been exhausted.

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