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Minnesota is the #1 turkey producing and processing state in the U.S., with 450 family farmers raising approximately 44 million to 46 million turkeys annually. The cost of energy can have a big impact on the cost of food. So as new technologies have emerged that help turkey...
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Maple Grove
Joel Haskard
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:37pm
Our old friend Carl Samuelson, Energy Strategy Facilitator with Michaels Energy, recently brought to our attention the great energy efficiency work by management and staff at the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Maple...
Attendees discuss our energy future
Lissa Pawlisch
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:39pm
During the month of October, 2015, folks in Mankato, Staples, and Grand Rapids had a chance to share their input on the Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan. CERTs hosted these three events (as well as an event in...
Residents at Minneapolis community solar garden workshop
Lissa Pawlisch
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:03am
It was obvious walking into the packed Mayflower Church community room on Thursday, November 12th that residents in South Minneapolis are curious about community solar gardens—there were barely any chairs...
LED Greenhouse lighting used during the study
Fritz Ebinger
Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:23pm
Two groups, Outsourced Innovations, a lighting consulting firm, and Tangletown Gardens, a greenhouse nursery and garden business, recently finished a one-year Conservation, Applied Research & Development (CARD...

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Trevor Drake is the Metro CERT Coordinator at at The Great Plains Institute. Trevor joined the CERTs team after completing a year of service...

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9:00am to 9:00pm
Learn the basics of solar in PV 101 online with MREA’s Jenny Heinzen. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of...
in Cottage Grove
8:00am to 5:00pm
This Seminar is open to all Electricians, Inspectors, Solar Installers, Engineers and PV enthusiasts. This course will cover Articles 690 & 705 of the 2014 Edition of the National Electric Code. Topics covered will...
in St. Paul
12:00pm to 1:00pm
As state and local governments and electricity users attempt to improve the efficiency of their buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and realize the promises of improved demand-side management of energy resources, the...
in Cottage Grove
9:00pm to 12:00pm
The MREA’s Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that will walk students through the PV design and installation process. The format of the Solar Training Academy will be MREA’s class progression that will...

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CERTified Campaigns

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 >>

Right Light Guide

Switch to Efficient Light Bulbs

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Use this updated guide to find the right lights and learn more about lighting options.
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Minnesotans building a clean energy future


    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission