Two Harbors

Solar-powered vet clinic caring for animals, environment, bottom line

1st PACE financed project in Lake County

Vet goes solar

 

Drs. Mike Overend and Lucy Grina, co-owners of Lake County Veterinary Clinic in Two Harbors and Grand Marais, have been caring for animals since 1987. To care for the environment and the bottom line of their business, they recently decided to add solar.

The 11.5 kW solar system now provides all of the clinic’s electricity (except for off-peak heating) for a grand total of about 15,000 kWh annually. Dr. Overend was glad for the opportunity to "walk the walk after talking the talk for a long time."

 

Going solar was practical and doable. I'm proud of the results and would strongly encourage any other business owner to consider this type of project as a truly good thing to do for your business, your community, and for our world.

Dr. Mike Overend, Lake County Veterinary Clinic
happy patients

Paying for it: Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing

The project broke new ground as the first business to use Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in Lake County. Dr. Overend chose PACE because it is easy to access, maintains cash flow for the business, and pays for itself over approximately 10 years time. The doctors wanted to share three pieces of their experience with others:

  1. County support: Although it was the first, Dr. Overend said the county was supportive and helpful throughout the process. The proposal to introduce PACE financing passed easily in a county board meeting, and the zoning and permitting process also went smoothly.
  2. Good vibes: Dr. Overend said the project has generated interest and positive feedback from the community and would recommend PACE financing to other businesses.
  3. Financing details: While PACE was not able to cover the entire project cost due to a 20% of property value limit, PACE did cover the majority of the project cost, $32,000 out of the total $44,000.

Learn more in an article from the solar installer.