When you visit Insula restaurant in Ely, you can now enjoy your locally-sourced fusion American dining experience in comfort thanks to energy-efficient building upgrades.
Insula leases its space from Alley A Realty who purchased the historic building in 2014. The building had been vacant since 2006 until Insula opened in 2015. Still in need of funds for upgrades, Alley A Realty heard about Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. “It was a perfect fit,” said Tanner Ott, co-owner of Alley A Realty. “The funds allowed us to put on an insulated roof suitable for our northern Minnesota climate, upgrade our mechanical and HVAC systems, and put in large, energy-efficient picture windows.”