Green Wing: Business Toolkit

The “Green Wing Energy Challenge” is designed to save local Red Wing business owners energy and money! Our goal is to make the process easier to understand by providing low-cost resources for general assistance, building assessments, and financing. Not sure which programs are best for you and your business or organization? To connect with a local Green Wing representative to coach you through the process, please email Jay McCleary or Paul Cardinal, Green Wing business coaches. All participants and information are kept confidential.

Green Wing Energy Challenge

Available Resources for Red Wing Businesses & Organizations

  • Xcel Energy’s Business Solutions Center for Energy Savings Advice Free consultation with an Energy Efficiency Specialist
    • Cost: Free
    • Is this right for you? Are you a business or non-profit looking to save energy and money but don’t know where to start? Then yes!
    • Take Action: Get started by calling 855-839-8862. A specialist will learn about your business needs, help you formulate a plan by providing resource options, and get you started to saving money and energy. Visit Xcel Energy Business Programs and Rebates page for more information.
  • Energy Smart Helps Minnesota businesses find ways to save energy and connect to energy-efficiency funding
    • Cost: Free
    • Is this right for you? Do you want to take advantage of utility rebates, grants and low-interest financing offers? Then yes!
    • Take Action: Visit the Energy Smart Business Services page for more information on all services provide or call 651-292-4652.
  • Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) Provides facility assessments and community sustainability assistance to small businesses, institutions, and communities in Minnesota
    • Cost: Free
    • Is this right for you? Would you like your utility bills analyzed and a written report with high priority changes and estimated financial environmental savings? Then yes!
    • Take Action: Visit Minnesota Retap online or call 612-781-1307.
  • EnerChange A no-cost service that helps non-profit organizations save money by saving energy
    • Cost: Free
    • Is this right for you? Are you a non-profit looking to save energy and money? Then yes!
    • Take Action: Schedule your free Energy Assessment or call 952-562-8698.
  • U of M Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) Develops and implements industry-tailored solutions to prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment
    • Cost: Free
    • Is this program right for you? Do you have waste related issues such as water use and wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, air emissions, and packaging to name a few? Then yes!
    • Take Action: MnTAP can work on implementing projects with help from student interns or through staff working with company teams. Visit MnTAP Online, email MnTAP or call 612-624-1300.
  • PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy Program) Innovated way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings
    • Cost: Varies depending on upgrades
    • Is this right for you? Are you a Red Wing property owner looking for 100% financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades, repaid as a property tax assessment for up to 20 years? Then yes!
    • Take Action: For more information, visit PACE online or contact Peter Klein at 651-204-6211 or email Peter Klein.
  • Trillion BTU Energy Efficiency Loan Program Revolving loan program to help business make improvements to lower energy costs
    • Cost: Varies depending on improvements
    • Is this for you? Are you looking for a loan to cover 100% of project costs with no money down and design a payment schedule with positive cash flow? Then yes!
    • Take Action: For more information, visit Trillion BTU online or contact Peter Klein at 651-204-6211 or email Peter Klein.
  • Center for Energy and Environment Lending Center Offers financing to make cost-effective energy efficiency improvements
    • Cost: Varies depending on improvements
    • Is this right for you? Are you a business, non-profit, or rental property owner looking for financing options for energy efficiency improvements?
    • Take Action: For more information or to complete the online loan application, visit the financing webpage or call 612-335-5858.