History & Experience


Cliff Kaehler’s vision was realized in 2012 when he founded Novel Energy Solutions, LLC. Since then NES has grown from a small, family-run business to one of Minnesota’s leading providers of solar energy to farmers, businesses, municipalities, non-profit organizations and individuals.


Cliff represents the fifth generation to live and work on his family’s Century Farm near Saint Charles, Minn. The family and community values of his small-town, agricultural roots sparked his recognition of how powerfully beneficial solar energy solutions could be for his home state, and for all of agricultural America.

Armed with degrees in both Accounting and Finance from Georgetown University, and experience in the energy sector working for Credit Suisse, Cliff took his vision of a thriving solar energy economy back to Minnesota.


Now, several years later, NES has much to show for its venture into the industry.

NES Achievements

  • Helping to create and define Community Solar Gardens (CSG) in Minnesota

  • Installing the first four CSGs in Xcel’s Minnesota territory

  • Exceeding production estimates on average across all distributive generation projects, of which 90 percent are in the agricultural community

  • Maintaining one of the largest CSG land-acquisition programs in Minnesota

  • Developing over 100MW of CSG projects

  • Assisting farmers to save and earn by installing solar arrays

  • Making it easier for communities and organizations go green with innovative solar solutions, keeping energy dollars local

  • Offering a proprietary financing model that requires no money upfront from its customers

A Foundation For The Future


NES’s success in Minnesota has naturally led to a branching out into the neighboring states of Iowa and Illinois.


Ultimately, NES counts its greatest
achievement to be the satisfaction and appreciation of the customers who are benefiting from the NES solar solutions, which positively impacts our world.

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