If you are in Good Thunder (pop. 583) looking for a fun thrift store to update your home décor, stop into Main Street Repeats. Owners George and Maureen Spear not only have great deals awaiting the discerning customer, they also know a great deal when they see one: they recently upgraded their lights to LEDs using the Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.
Located in Blue Earth County, Main Street Repeats recently worked with the Southwest Regional Development Commission utilize PACE. After an energy audit performed by Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), the LED lighting project was going to cost $9,980. They wisely turned to their electric utility, Xcel Energy, to claim the $1,728 in lighting rebates, knocked the price down to $8,252.
According to the energy audit, this improvement will result in $2,215 in estimated annual energy savings—whoa! The life expectancy is estimated at 13.7 years for this improvement. A 10 year payback term is being proposed at 4% interest. This will result in an annual assessment payment of roughly $1,037 for the PACE financing.
Robin Weis, Economic Development Director with the Southwest Regional Development Commission, steered the PACE project to completion. “The building owners (of Main Street Repeats) were educated about the various LED options and chose the best lighting to showcase their merchandise,” she noted.
- Main Street Repeats, Good Thunder, MN – Blue Earth County
- Updated interior lighting to LEDs
- 13.7 years
- 10 years– 4% interest
- $9,980 – $1,728 Xcel Energy rebate = $8,252
- 1,9429 kWh
- $2,215 for 13.7 years
- $1,036 for 10 years
- $1,178 for 10 years
- $1,1784 over loan term + $8,195 over remaining useful life of 3.7 years = $19,979
*Total Net Savings is calculated by multiplying the useful life of the improvement by the estimated annual savings, then subtracting the cost for materials, installation, and interest over the term of the assessment.