Funding Sources

Helpline

mplsenergystar@minneapolismn.gov
Phone: 612.673.3091

City Grants

  • Minneapolis Green Business Cost Share - The 2018 Green Business Cost Share application is now closed. Please look for more information regarding the 2019 application later this year.

  • Watch this video to learn how the Minneapolis Green Business Cost Share program helped Prospect Foundry save money and energy.

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.

  • ENERGY STAR Certification - Make the energy efficiency of your building transparent! CenterPoint Energy will reimburse customers for the cost of the ENERGY STAR® application verification up to a maximum of $1,500 per building. ENERGY STAR certification provides proof that your building managers care about high building performance.

Finance programs

  • Four Tips to Help Businesses Finance Energy Efficiency This resource outlines four tips to help businesses finance energy efficiency improvements.

  • CEE Commercial Loan - Low-interest loans are available 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 jhasnik@mncee.org.

  • 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.

  • 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 pmk@sppa.com.

  • 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 pmk@sppa.com.

  • Business Environmental Sustainability Project Finance program application - Grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Commerce for up to $2,500 to help business owners finance energy efficiency projects that would otherwise not be completed. For more information, call 651-292-3902 or email info@mnenergysmart.com".

  • 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 energysavings.programs@state.mn.us .

  • 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 peter.berger@state.mn.us.

Confused or have additional questions? Contact Katie Jones, Benchmarking Outreach Coordinator, at kjones@mncee.org or 612-741-0596.

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