Promote financing and incentive programs, such as PACE, for clean energy:
a. PACE for commercial property owners to install renewable energy systems, energy efficiency measures and EV charging infrastructure for existing or new construction.
b. Local, state and federal financial incentives for property owners to install renewable energy systems.
c. Local utility renewable energy production incentives and rebates.
Cities can promote Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing available through the many MN counties participating in PACE programs that finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to the buildings of commercial property owners.
The Minneapolis Green Cost Share program is an example of a local government fund that supports solar and energy efficiency projects and gives priority to properties in Green Zones. The City of St. Louis Park has a similar solar cost-share program that provides higher cost share rates to census tracts identified as priorities for environmental justice.
Promote local utility incentives to residents and businesses; promote available PACE financing; promote any local, state and federal financing tools and/or incentives available. Report where and how frequently promotions have been conducted.
Provide targeted outreach and education about resources to low-income households, historically marginalized communities, and minority-owned businesses; report the number of participants utilizing funding sources promoted, which sources were used, dollars lent and installed capacity in kW.
Use city funds or partner with a financial institution (local bank, investment firm) to create a renewable energy/energy efficiency loan product; leverage heating-assistance funds for renewables installation. Target funds and programming toward low-income households, historically marginalized communities, and minority-owned businesses.
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Bemidji - 3 star
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Beltrami County signed into a Joint Powers Agreement with the Saint Paul Port Authority, establishing Beltrami County as a PACE district. Any business, non-profit, or multi-family housing unit in the county (therefore Bemidji) can utilize PACE to cover the up front financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
A PACE program has recently been approved in Cottage Grove who has a Joint Powers Agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority to offer a financing tool to commerical, industrial and non-profit buildings. The loan will provide opportunities to finance building upgrades that facilitate clean energy improvments.
In September 2014, the City of Duluth entered into a joint powers agreement with the Saint Paul Port Authority to "implement and administer their property assisted clean energy ("PACE") of Minnesota program" in Duluth.
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No projects have closed so far; there is one in the works with Miller Hill Mall that is likely to go forward in the first quarter of 2017.
The City of Eden Prairie entered into a Joint Powers Agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority. The St. Paul Port Authority is designated as the implementing entity to implement and administer the MN PACE program on behalf of the City.
Adopted commercial PACE financing in 2011 - First in Minnesota to do so.
The City of Edina’s Community Climate Action Fund is a cost share program where the City reimburses residents and businesses for some of the costs of clean energy, including for the adoption of energy-efficient building improvements, and for the installation of rooftop solar.
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Federal and municipal financial incentives for the installation of solar. Utility rebates for property owners of residential, commercial, multi-family, or industrial (private) properties for energy-efficient building improvements.
City of Mankato is currently coordinating with St. Paul Port Authority in locally implementing and administering PACE program to facilitate HVAC improvements for three large apartment complexes in various locations throughout the City. Program adoption and implementation expected summer 2014.
The City of Maple Grove passed an resolution in December of 2012 that established the city as a PACE district. We are now working with other government agencies (other cities, Hennepin County, St. Paul Port Authority, and the State of Minnesota) on the best way to move forward with a regional or state level PACE program.
We will also be working with our business community to let them know about programs such as the SPPA Trillion BTU Energy Efficiency Program.
The City of Minnetonka has entered into a joint powers agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority. The St. Paul Port Authority is designated as the implementing entity to implement and administer the MN PACE program. The program provides a financial opportunity to construct or install energy efficient improvements.
The City of Oakdale has authorized the Saint Paul Port Authority as the city's PACE program administrator. This partnership allows the Saint Paul Port Authority to provide local businesses loan funding for energy-related improvements which are then repaid through a special assessment on the property.
On March 14, 2016, the City of Red Wing entered into a joint powers agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority to implement the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (“PACE OF MN”) locally.
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The city of Red Wing makes available the PACE program to businesses. It has been promoted through Partners In Energy campaign efforts through 2016 into 2017. One application for PACE Program s in the process of being submitted to the St. Paul Port Authority.
For more information contact:
Partners: City of Red Wing Sustainability Commission, R.W. Port Authority and St. Paul Port Authority
In 2015, Roseville approved an agreement with the St Paul Port Authority to administer programs that offer energy cost savings for local businesses. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) provides funding for up-front costs and low cost, long term financing. The program has provided the way for St. Christopher's Episcopal Church to install solar panels. The program is promoted on the city's web site and was presented in a recent newsletter.
Winona County authorized PACE for the County in the summer of 2016. The City in partnership with CERTs and the Chamber of Commerce, held a "lunch and learn" for businesses to learn about the PACE program on April 18, 2017. Currently one 39.9 kw PV system funded by PACE exists within City limits. The City and partners will promote PACE through Xcel's Partners in Energy implementation process.
From the website of Pine River's Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL):
"At RREAL, we seek to address [fuel poverty] with solar energy. Our flagship program, Solar Assistance, installs solar heating systems in partnership with low-income families that qualify for public energy assistance."
Solar Assistance is a financing program that makes it possible for low-income families to afford and enjoy the benefits of RREAL's pioneering technology, the solar-powered furnace.
Although we don’t have a PACE program, the Intermediary Relending Program, the Minnesota Innovation Fund and Business Development of Fergus Falls funds would all fund programs that would request funding for such equipment
The city has partnered with the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) since 2013 to offer various commercial, non-profit, and rental improvement programs. Programs include Energy Savings Fund for Non-Profits, Commercial Energy Efficiency Loan Program, Energy Intelligence for Industry, One-Step Efficiency Shop Lighting Retrofits, and Existing Building Commissioning.