Minneapolis, Champlin, Forest Lake Area Schools, Lester Prairie, Dakota County, Waconia Public Schools. What do these local governments and schools districts have in common? They are just a sample of public entities that have utilized third-party financing as a means to place solar arrays on their facilities.
Third-party financing can be a tool for public entities to tap into long-term energy cost savings without requiring large up-front capital expenditures. Many Minnesota jurisdictions, including cities and schools, have utilized this approach to advance their clean energy goals; this resource is designed to equip jurisdictions with a process to get apples to apples comparisons from potential developers. Of course, as with any solar project, jurisdictions should talk with their local utility upfront to ensure they'll sign off on this type of arrangement, learn about potential energy conservation measures, and available rebates and incentives.