Celebrating Women in Energy: Nina Axelson with Ever-Green Energy

We’re celebrating Women’s History month by highlighting Women in Energy – thanks to Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries…

The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Nina Axelson, Vice President Public Relations with Ever-Green Energy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Nina Axelson: I oversee public affairs for Ever-Green Energy, a utility and engineering company in Saint Paul that helps modernize and manage reliable energy systems.

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MEETING DATE CHANGE NOTICE – from Jan 24 to Jan 31


Regular Meeting Date Change

From Wednesday, January 24th, 2017 to

Wednesday, January 31, 2017


Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority Board

County Commissioner Boardroom

Any questions can be directed to Board Chair, Sonjia Lien at the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority at 320-668-2408.

Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Change is due to illness of the Director

LqP County announces new financing tool for energy efficiency & renewable energy improvements

Interest in energy efficiency for buildings and adding renewable energy like solar has been growing in recent years in LqP County. A new financing tool called Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, will now help adoption of these energy technologies grow even faster.

Newly available to businesses, farms, multi-family housing, nonprofits, and places of worship in LqP County, PACE provides project financing that is repaid as a separate item on property tax assessments for a set period. In this way, PACE eliminates the burden of upfront costs by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

“We’ve been hearing from businesses in LqP County that are looking for an easy way to pay for energy-saving improvements to their buildings, and PACE is an excellent tool for helping them get it done,” shared LqP County leader.

Examples of potential building improvements that can be financed with PACE are solar arrays, HVAC upgrades, LED lighting, condensing boilers, digital controls, insulation, variable-frequency drive motors, building automation systems, and other water and energy conservation measures.

“PACE financing is different than a traditional loan and will help building owners in LqP County overcome several barriers to making energy-related building improvements,” County/City leader continued. “For starters, there are no upfront costs and there is less of a reliance on credit. Also, unlike a loan, when a transfer of ownership of the property takes place, the PACE assessment obligation stays with the property, not the property owner. In addition, PACE assessments can generally be repaid over longer terms than a bank might allow.”

LqP County signed a joint powers agreement with the Saint Paul Port Authority on date authorizing the new PACE program. The Saint Paul Port Authority provides the PACE funding and administers all aspects of the program. LqP County places the assessment on the property, collects payments each year, and passes money back to the Port Authority.

If people want to learn more about PACE and take action, the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) have an extensive resource page with program details and applications, factsheets, success stories, and frequently asked questions at http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/pace.

Rural Solutions, Inc. is now hiring!

We’re starting a new feature on the site – positions available. Please contact us if you have a position you want us to share. And please contact  if the following sounds intriguing!

Rural Solutions, Inc. is searching for highly skilled and motivated people to add to our technology team! RSI has been providing technology solutions to rural communities for over twenty years. We offer professional IT services to meet the needs of individuals, businesses, and government agencies both onsite and in our shops in Milbank, SD and Madison, MN.
Open Positions:
Receptionist/Admin Assistant
Computer Support Assistant
Network Administrator
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MN TAP (Technical Assistance Program) upcoming events

We wanted to share some upcoming learning opportunities on water from the University of Minnesota MN Tap…

MnTAP staff will share case studies and best practices at several events this month.

March 8: Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference. Find out how energy benchmarking can help municipal wastewater operators reduce operating costs.

March 23: Chemical Coaters Association International, Twin Cities. Discover how Valley Craft, JIT Powder Coating and Nordic Ware benefited from MnTAP and MPCA expertise and financial assistance

March 29-31: Wastewater Operators Conference. Gain insights into energy benchmarking, discharge reduction and energy best practices.

March 30: Minnesota Efficient Irrigation Summit. Learn how MnTAP staff expertise can help municipalities and their business communities reduce water consumption and increase efficiency.

Top 10 Energy Stories of 2016 from Clean Energy Resource Teams

We wanted to share the top local energy stories from CERT…

10: Webinar: Is a community solar garden subscription right for your local government?

9: Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub partnering to drive $40-$60M of investments in solar, efficiency

8: Stray voltage resources for Minnesota farmers, local governments, and utilities

7: Iconic First National Bank in Saint Paul boosts energy performance using PACE

6: How can solar developers plant pollinator-friendly habitat in Minnesota?

5: Grand Marais Mayor installs city’s first grid-connected solar PV project

4: Interview: Commissioner Rothman discusses clean energy tax credit extensions

3: Year-long study of LED greenhouse lighting yields illuminating results

2: CERTs announces Seed Grant funding for clean energy projects across Minnesota

1: Spotlight on women leading Minnesota’s clean energy industry