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PACE (property-assessed clean energy) Financing

Financing tool for energy efficiency & renewable energy improvements

Is your business, farm, multi-family housing building, nonprofit, or place of worship interested in energy efficiency or adding renewable energy like solar? A new financing tool called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, can help you move forward.

How does PACE work?
PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on your property tax bill for a set period. In this way, PACE eliminates the burden of upfront costs by providing low-cost, long-term financing. PACE is different than a traditional loan: there is less of a reliance on credit, the assessment stays with the property instead of the owner, and they can generally be repaid over longer terms than a bank might allow.

What can you do with PACE?
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.

Who is behind PACE?
St. Louis County signed a joint powers agreement with the Saint Paul Port Authority on May 23, 2017 authorizing the new PACE program. The Saint Paul Port Authority provides the PACE funding and administers all aspects of the program. We place the assessment on the property, collect payments each year, and pass money back to the Port Authority.

How can you take action?
To learn more about PACE and take action, visit for program details and applications, facesheets, success stories, and frequently asked questions. 


Economic Development - St. Louis County
Contact: Peter Klein, Vice President of Finance
Saint Paul Port Authority
Tel: 651-204-6211

                          Contact: Peter Lindstrom
                          Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
                          University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development
                          Office: 612-625-9634
                          Cell: 651-324-4831