Funding Sources

Phone: 612.673.3091

City Grants

  • ENERGY STAR Certification - Make the energy efficiency of your building transparent! ENERGY STAR certification provides proof that your building managers care about high building performance. Grants are limited, so act now!

  • Minneapolis Green Business Cost Share - Match funding from the City of Minneapolis is available to benchmarking buildings for energy efficiency projects. Funds may cover 20% of a project’s expenses up to $20,000! Applications are due May 19,2017.

Utility rebates

  • Xcel Energy offers rebates for qualifying electricity-saving projects such as lighting retrofits and electric equipment upgrades.

  • CenterPoint Energy offers rebates for qualifying natural gas-saving projects such as heating and hot water equipment upgrades.

Finance programs

  • CEE Commercial Loan - Low-interest loans are available for for business and non-profit projects up to $100,000 from the Center for Energy and Environment. For more information, call Jim Hasnik at 612-335-5885 or email him at

  • City 2% Loan Program - The City of Minneapolis offers loans for half of a project up to $50,000 at a 2% interest rate with a private lender providing the remaining loan at market rate.

  • Guaranteed Energy Savings Program - For government entities with combined project totals greater than $300,000, this program from the Department of Commerce provides technical, contractural, and financial energy efficiency assistance. For more information, call Peter Berger at 651-539-1850 or email him at

  • PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy is a unique way for businesses and non-profits to finance energy projects and lump payments in with property taxes through the Saint Paul Port Authority. For more information, call Peter Klein at 651-204-6211 or email him at

  • Public Entity Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Loan Program - As a revolving loan fund, this program lends funds to public entities to pay for energy audits and renewable energy feasibility studies. For more information, call Peter Berger at 651-539-1853 or email him at .

  • TrillionBTU - This energy efficiency improvement program administered by the Saint Paul Port Authority offers low interest rates and up to 100% financing along with a positive cash flow. For more information, call Peter Klein at 651-204-6211 or email him at

Confused or have additional questions? Contact Katie Jones Schmitt, Benchmarking Outreach Coordinator, at or 612-741-0596.

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About: This website was made possible through cooperation between the City Of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Center for Energy and Environment.

Background photo credit: Downtown Minneapolis - Mill City Museum by Jeremiah Peterson, on Flickr