A free webinar on Tuesday will help farmers and rural businesses learn about grants and financing available the installation of solar panels.

The webinar, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, hosted by Solar United Neighbors, a Minnesota-based nonprofit, will educated attendees on federal incentives for going solar, as well as statewide and local incentives such as the Rural Energy for America Program and Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program. Fritz Ebinger, Rural Energy Development Program manager for the Clean Energy Resource Team, and Autumn Long, Regional Field Director for Solar United Neighbors will lead the session.

“At Solar United Neighbors, we work to make solar accessible to everyone,” said Long. “A big part of that is sharing our knowledge about the grants and financing available to people and helping them to navigate these programs.”

The federal tax benefit for solar, the Investment Tax Credit, covers 26 percent of the cost of solar installations on businesses. This amount decreases to 22 percent in 2021 and to 10 percent after that.

“With the ITC decreasing, it just makes sense to go solar sooner than later,” said Bobby King, Minnesota program director for Solar United Neighbors. “We’re here to help people navigate the process however we can. And for folks in southeast Minnesota, we just launched the Driftless Area Solar Co-op for folks to learn with their neighbors and get a group rate on installs.”

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You can register for webinar under the “Events” tab at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/driftless or contact Bobby King at (507) 450-7258 or bking@solarunitedneighbors.org.