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North Dakota


An arrow graphic shows that North Dakota’s voluntary renewable energy goal is set at 10% in 2015.

Carve-out: None
Tracking system: Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)

North Dakota has net metering regulations for up to 100 kW for customers of investor-owned electric utilities. Net metering is credited at the avoided-cost rate for utility customers. The state also offers property tax exemptions for solar systems.

Net Metering

Net metering regulations are applicable to investor-owned utilities (IOUs). Municipal utilities are exempt from these regulations. Utilities are permitted to recover all costs associated with a customer’s net metering system. 

System size limit: 100 kW

Aggregate cap: Not specified

Credit: Net excess generation at the end of a monthly billing period is credited by the utility at avoided-cost rate

RECs: Renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the customer's load are owned by net-metered customers, while RECs associated with NEG are owned by the utility.

Meter aggregation: Not addressed


There are currently no specific interconnection standards in North Dakota.

Third Party Ownership

The status of third-party ownership in North Dakota is unclear.

Community Solar

There are currently no statewide community solar policies in North Dakota.

State Incentive Programs

Program Administrator Incentive
Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption North Dakota Department of Commerce Any locally-assessed solar energy device serving a new or existing building or structure or solar system that is part of a conventional energy system is eligible for a local property tax exemption. (Only the renewable energy portion of the total system is eligible.) This exemption can be applied during the 5-year period following installation. System owners are required to contact their local tax assessor or county director of tax equalization to apply this exemption.
Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Electrical Generating Facilities Office of State Tax Commissioner Electric generating facilities with at least one single electric generation unit having a capacity of >100 kW are exempt from sales and use taxes.

Utility Incentive Programs

There are currently no solar photovoltaic utility incentive programs in North Dakota.


The list below provides some resources for each type of policy or program. Please reference and contact relevant authorities and local utilities for the most up-to-date and accurate information on state and utility policies and incentive programs.

Net metering