Who We Are

Launched as a partnership with top economic development leaders and two founding credit unions, we’re CU Green®. We’re the clean energy lending platform of the Minnesota Credit Union Network.

We’re here to make clean energy more accessible to more Minnesotans, and to help speed up renewable energy projects. We do it with educational resources, loans and investment options.

And you’re eligible for these if you’re a member (or if you become one) at any of Minnesota’s participating credit unions.

Our History

Minnesota credit unions partnered with the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment to move both consumers and credit unions towards a cleaner and more efficient energy footprint.

In 2016, leaders from Affinity Plus, Hiway, and First Alliance engaged with the University of Minnesota’s Climate Smart Municipalities exchange. Inspired by innovative programs and practices in Germany, these leaders committed to expanding clean energy progress in Minnesota.

Through the Clean Energy Initiative, the Minnesota Credit Union Network and the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation collaborated to secure a grant from the Caroline Foundation. This grant helped to fund the development of CU-Green.org.

Created in 2018

Home Solar Loan powered by CU Green®
A below-market-rate residential solar loan: a home equity loan with a rate reduction, recognizing the economic benefit of solar power for your home.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing powered by CU Green®
A partnership with the St. Paul Port Authority, its goal is to make at least $10 million of affordable financing available for Minnesota businesses and property owners. These loans are intended to upgrade energy efficiency, which includes onsite renewable energy technologies and solar power systems.

CU Green’s Future

CU Green® and our partners are looking to help other underserved clean energy markets. Our capital and financial expertise can benefit communities in Minnesota and nationwide.

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information about our clean energy platform. Together, we can explore ways for CU Green® to benefit your community.

Why Credit Unions?

Minnesota’s credit unions are full-service financial cooperatives owned by you, their members. And one way their earnings come back to you is lower loan rates.

Also, credit unions are committed to improving their communities in all kinds of ways, from increasing financial literacy to offering college scholarships and more.

We think that combination makes MN credit unions the perfect fit for helping people reduce their carbon footprint.