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 become one of Minnesota’s leading providers of solar energy systems 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.
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.