Energy conservation and the use of renewable energy are important elements of Greater Mankato's healthy economic climate and future. We have created this page to provide information on the many resources available throughout our region. In September, the Envision 2020 Green Building Group, along with Greater Mankato Growth, conducted a survey to assess area businesses’ status and knowledge level of energy efficiency initiatives and renewable energy. The information we received from the survey results led us to create this site. If you know of additional resources not yet included here, please email us, so that can share them with the business community.
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy )
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy ) is a financing tool used to assist commercial and industrial businesses (including agri-business) with improvements that substantially increase energy efficiency. PACE allows businesses to make these fixture improvements without the up-front capital outlay. Costs for the improvements are paid back through a special assessment on their taxes. The increase in property taxes is offset by the decrease in energy costs so that the business sees no change in the bottom line.
The Southwest Regional Development Commission is excited to announce the implementation of a new financing tool available to businesses in the 18-County Rural Minnesota Energy Board (RMEB) territory. The SRDC, in partnership with the RMEB, will be rolling out the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program to help businesses finance energy efficient retrofits and improvements for their property without the burden of upfront financing. We are hosting a series of workshops throughout the RMEB area beginning on March 17th through the 21st and still have openings at all locations.
- March 18 – St James https://pacestjames.eventbrite.com (space limited to 50)
Green Power Training for Manufacturers
South Central College is now offering training to manufacturers covering sustainability, energy efficiency, pollution solutions, waste reduction, water conservation and green chemistry. The Center for Business and Industry (CBI) can tailor a program to your specific needs or your employees can attend the full course offerings. Program costs may be covered by grants from the US Government. more info
Sustainable Business Resource Center
Created and managed by Minnesota Waste Wise, SBRC provides up to date environmentally-friendly and cost effective resources created by business for business.
Database of Minnesota Incentives for renewables and efficiency
- National database of incentives for renewables and efficiency
MN Energy Smart
Energy efficiency audit program for small business
- Quick tips for energy efficiency
- Analyze your energy toolbox
- Financial Incentives
Energy Matters Minnesota
Energy Matters Minnesota is a diverse group of businesses and business-focused organizations in Minnesota that want to be informed about the impact of energy policies and emerging energy issues on businesses, consumers, and the state economy. The organization, led by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, also serves as a public information resource to individuals and organizations and is an advocate on energy issues.
- Xcel Light Rebates
Online energy small business save energy and money tools
Office building energy use information
Other commercial tools for business
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA)
Dedicated to their member communities and take responsibility for the efficient, cost effective and reliable delivery of electricity and services in an environmentally responsible manner. Visit smmpa.com to learn more.
EPA Energy Star Program
Tools for consumers, businesses, schools and all entities to assist them in identifying opportunities for energy savings and taking action to continuously improve.
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Markets, Economic Development and Policy overviews for each state in the US
US Department of Energy
- Industrial Technology Programs (ITP) to assist companies in reducing their energy consumption by 25%.
U of M, MnTAP, Minnesota Technology Assistance Program
Program that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and cost to improve public health and the environment.
South Central College
- South Central College will introduce GreenPOWER training designed to provide valuable skills in energy efficiency, environmental awareness, waste reduction and lean production techniques to current workers, new hires and unemployed workers. These skills are highly valued by today's manufacturers.
- GreenPOWER training informational brochure
- Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) - Provides free, confidential, non-regulatory, environmental assistance to small businesses.
- Minnesota's Opportunity & Challenge Report by Agricultural Research Utilization Institute
- US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Loan Programs - Loans available to support clean and renewable energy.