6/16/2016 3:17:00 PM ABC-related county-wide Clean Energy Hub available to help
A consortium of area partners have launched the Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub to help area residents, businesses and institutions implement solar and energy saving projects.
A central component of the nationally-recognized Chisago Lakes Area America’s Best Communities (ABC) plan, the Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub goal is projected to spur $40,000,000 in community-based project investment in solar and energy efficiency improvements and to reach 100 percent locally-generated renewable electricity by 2025.
"The ABC competition economic development committee identified solar energy as a great opportunity for our Chisago Lakes area communities. The Clean Energy Hub platform will be the catalyst providing technical assistance and financing options to our communities," said Wade Vitalis, chair of the committee. The Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub will provide:
1) No-commitment energy assessments and technical assistance at little or no cost; 2) A list of Hub prequalified contractors, ensuring capable and professional service from service providers with a proven track record; 3) Multiple financing options to make clean energy cost-effective, and 4) Monitoring collective progress toward the broader community goals.
“The Clean Energy Hub is a great resource for businesses because it can help their bottom lines by lowering energy costs while attracting new businesses to clean energy,” said Nancy Hoffmann, executive director of the Chisago County HRA-EDA.
The Chisago Lakes ABC team hired Minnesota-based clean energy consulting firm, Eutectics, to suggest options for catalyzing economic investment in the region. Euidentified $40 to $60 million in potential cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy savings projects in the region for residents, businesses and institutions, along with financing tools to make investment possible. More than a dozen Hub-related clean energy projects are already in progress in the region.
Interested residents should go to Chisago.CleanEnergyHub.Us to learn more about the Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub, and to sign up for a clean energy assessment through Hub partners. For further information, contact Jacob Shoop at Eutectics at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.353.5760.
The Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub brings together the Chisago Lakes ABC economic development committee, the Chisago County HRA-EDA, Eutectics® and the Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT). The Hub is made possible through the generous support of the Carolyn Foundation, the Initiative Foundation, the Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation and Americas Best Communities.