America's Best Communities Related County-Wide Clean Energy Hub Available To Help

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CHISAGO COUNTY, MN – Led by the Chisago Lakes Americas Best Communities (ABC) team and supported by the Chisago County HRA-EDA, this month a consortium of area partners launched the Chisago 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 Clean Energy Hub goal is projected to spur $40,000,000 in additional community-based project investment in solar and energy efficiency improvements and to reach 100% 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 Clean Energy Hub will provide the following benefits:

- No-commitment energy assessments and technical assistance at little or no cost; 
- Hub prequalified contractors, ensuring capable and professional service from service providers with a proven track record; 
- Multiple financing options to make clean energy cost-effective, and 
- 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 Hoffman, 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. The identified $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 multiple financing tools to make this investment possible. More than a dozen Hub-related clean energy projects are already in progress in the region.

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Chisago County Press - 6/16/2016 
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