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Paws and Claws Animal Shelter in Hackensack receives grant for local energy project

HACKENSACK--Paws and Claws Animal Shelter in Hackensack received a $2,000 seed grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams to support the building of a 40 kW solar array that is expected to produce about 25 percent of the electricity necessary to ...

HACKENSACK-Paws and Claws Animal Shelter in Hackensack received a $2,000 seed grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams to support the building of a 40 kW solar array that is expected to produce about 25 percent of the electricity necessary to operate Paws and Claws Rescue and Resort, which will be built along Highway 371 in 2016 just south of Hackensack on a 22 acre parcel of land.

"We're very excited to learn about the grant award," said Jim Clark, executive director and Betty Thomas, board chair, in a news release. "We can't wait to start building our 40kW solar array knowing that we can embed smart energy use into the initial design of our facility."

Paws and Claws Animal Shelter, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, has an investor willing to build the 40 kW solar array using the Third Party PPA financing model. Through this model, Paws and Claws will benefit from reduced cost power and, after five years, be able to purchase the solar system at a reduced cost. The grant will support technical assistance for the project and development of legal documents required to meet IRS regulations, including a Power Purchase Agreement, Land Lease Agreement, Put and Call Agreement and other documents. Clark states that CERTs' support for this project will ensure that it gets started on sound legal footing and results in a smooth transition of ownership from the investor to the shelter after five years of operation.

The value of the electricity produced by the array over the next 30 years should approach $200,000, according to Clark. This will allow the organization to direct a greater portion of its budget towards programming that will connect people and animals in meaningful ways, provide humane education services in the area and create opportunities for Paws and Claws to support the service dog community. "As a nonprofit with a desire to serve Cass County and beyond through our programming," says Clark, "it will be important for us to operate as efficiently as we can. This project and CERTs' support for it will help make that happen."

The award is one of 39 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the eighth round of Seed Grants from the group, totaling over $1 million to 269 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at

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"CERTs provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind," said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Director, in a news release. "First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community, and ecological benefits."
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