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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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John Egan of Blaine, MN is a primary care physician in an internal medicine private practice on the Abbott Northwestern campus. When his new neighborhood association forbade solar installations on homeowners’ roofs, he turned to community solar as an alternative. Community...
SolarWise community solar garden from Connexus Energy
Dan Thiede
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:15pm
Community Solar Gardens are centrally-located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers, and they’re taking root in Minnesota. Here at CERTs we wanted to learn more...
Attendees at the workshop learn about community solar gardens
Patrick Mathwig
Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:03pm
Community solar has been THE hot energy issue in Minnesota so far this year. In 2013 the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that required Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s largest investor owned utility, to administer...
Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
Frank Jossi
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:03pm
This interview was originally posted on Midwest Energy News. For two years, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has been showcasing a new approach to financing state and municipal sustainability projects around...
David stands in front of the WHE community solar project with his yard sign
Dan Thiede
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:46am
Community Solar Gardens are centrally-located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers, and they’re taking root in Minnesota. Here at CERTs we wanted to learn more...
The Popp Farm in Royalton, MN
Sarah Hayden Shaw
Thu, 01/08/2015 - 5:02pm
In an age of disappearing small and medium size farms, Doug and Jane Popp are making their medium-sized dairy and crop operation near Royalton, MN work. After talking with them for a while, it becomes clear how....

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Featured Event

in Chicago
9:00am to 5:00pm
Once a year, MEEA invites all energy stakeholders to gather at our annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference to raise awareness and reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest. This annual conference is...
in Minneapolis
LONGFELLOW COMMUNITY COUNCIL HOSTS COMMUNITY ENERGY FAIR – FEB. 7, 2015 On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Environment & Transportation Committee of the Longfellow Community Council will host a day-long Energy Fair at...
in Saint Paul
7:00am to 9:30am
Please join us to learn how businesses are improving their bottom line with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This event will highlight local businesses that have implemented successful projects and provide...
Join other city staff to learn about topics related to the best practices of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. These technical workshops will be held the third Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:00am every month (October...

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CERTified Campaigns

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 >>