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Everyone would like to save money on utility bills, and most people want to conserve our natural resources, right? Well, in Southwest Minnesota, what initially started as an effort to raise...

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The Minnesota National Guard and Duluth-based Minnesota Power today signed a memorandum of understanding outlining plans to build a 10-megawatt utility-scale solar energy array spanning 100 acres at Camp Ripley. The project will be the largest solar energy installation on any...
Tour sites for 2014
Laura Burrington
Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:44am
October 4th, 2014 from 10am-4pm the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society will be hosting the Minnesota Renewable Energy Tour, which features 50+ exemplary homes, businesses, and institutions that have incorporated...
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced the incentive amounts for the 2015 Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.
Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 08/13/2014 - 9:08am
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced on August 12, 2014, the incentive amounts for the second year (2015) of its 10-year, $15-million-a-year Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. The solar incentive...
Eichten's organic cheese farm's soon to be 1 megawatt Community Solar Garden
Stacey Pederson
Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:00pm
Solar is becoming more and more popular among families and businesses interested in installing renewable energy projects in Minnesota, especially as new opportunities to participate are developed. Stacey Pederson,...
Brad enjoys making trips around the metro in his Mitsubishi MiEV!
Joel Haskard
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:48pm
More and more electric vehicles (EVs) are entering the national marketplace and hitting Minnesota roads. CERTs is doing a series of interviews with EV drivers to learn about their experiences. Meet Brad: Brad...
Sam and his family love both their Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt!
Joel Haskard
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:07pm
More and more electric vehicles (EVs) are entering the national marketplace and hitting Minnesota roads. CERTs is doing a series of interviews with EV drivers to learn about their experiences. Meet Sam & Fam...

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The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair is an indoor green space with lush rain gardens, an eco home, live entertainment, and cutting-edge displays on renewable energy, new fuels and vehicles, and organic farming....
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Join us for the final Webinar of the Series on August 27! Municipalities and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) are facing dramatic increases in rooftop solar permit applications. With this trend expected to...
1:00pm to 2:00pm
This webinar will present differences and USDA NRCS planning considerations for using solar-powered watering systems for livestock grazing operations compared to typical electrical power sources for livestock water. One of...
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Learn how NRCS has revised and simplified the Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) designed to evaluate on-farm energy use. For FY15, NRCS releases the CAP 128, Agricultural Energy Management Plan that consolidates the CAP 122,...

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Gobble Up Savings with LEDs

Gobble up savings in turkey barns
CERTs is helping turkey farmers reduce energy use by upgrading to LED lighting in their barns. Gobble up lighting savings >>

Light Up Your Station & Save with LEDs

Start saving with LED canopy lights
CERTs is helping Minnesota service stations save energy by upgrading to LED canopy lighting. Learn more >>