Faribault's Energy Action Plan

Why Energy?

In 2016 the City of Faribault applied to participate in Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy, a two year offering designed to support communities in developing and implementing an energy action plan to drive community-driven goals around energy. The City of Faribault was selected by Xcel Energy to be the seventh Partners in Energy community in Minnesota.

As a Partners in Energy participant, the City of Faribault gained unique access to city-specific energy data in conjunction with data analysis expertise. These resources allowed the City’s Energy Action Team to uncover opportunities to reduce energy waste and excess spending on energy.

Grounded in the values and strategic priorities of Faribault’s Community Vision 2040, the Energy Action Team developed an energy plan (Faribault's Energy Action Plan) that outlines a city-wide energy goal and cost-effective energy strategies to achieve it. The plan was approved by City Council on April 11, 2017.

Faribault's Energy Goal

Reduce community-wide energy expenditure by 1% annually from business as usual (2015 baseline).

By 2040 this is estimated to save Faribault residents and businesses over $8 million a year, with accumulated savings of over $100 million

How will we get there?

2017-2020 Energy Priorities 

  • Residents
    Did you know Faribault residents have access to resources to help them save money on their energy bills? There are a number of ways to start saving energy and money now, and it’s easier than it looks!
  • Government Institutions
    In addition to current energy efficiency efforts, the City of Faribault and other governments and institutions are transitioning to clean, renewables sources of energy. The City of Faribault, Rice County, and Faribault Public Schools subscribe to community solar gardens for some or all of their energy use. With the help of a seed grant through Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), a study was conducted to promote the use of onsite solar PV at prominent City and School sites: Faribault: Solar for City and Schools. The study demonstrates how solar PV can save money and promote solar for other energy users in the city.
  • Large Commercial and Industrial
    The City of Faribault and its large commercial and industrial uses are implementing a variety of energy efficiency measures.  With support from Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy Program, the City of Faribault and Xcel Energy held an Energy Management Breakfast on April 19, 2018.  Representatives from Faribault’s industries and commercial uses shared their successes in implementing energy efficiency measures.  Representatives from our commercial and industrial uses are continuing to meet.  If you are interested in participating in these meetings, please contact David Wanberg, City Planner at 507-333-0350 or dwanberg@ci.faribault.mn.us

Click here to see Faribault's Energy Action Plan.
UPDATE: A Look Inside a Walk-Through.