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The Metropolitan Council, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), and their partners are being awarded for their innovative solar garden work at the 25th Anniversary Environmental Initiative Awards. The awards program, hosted by the nonprofit Environmental Initiative, annually...
Touring the biomass-heated poultry barn at Viking Company
Fritz Ebinger
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:56am
On May 19, 2017, the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute) hosted a group of 30 at Hillcrest Restaurant in Albany, MN to hear presentations on commercial biomass...
Touring the solar array that powers the Hutchinson wastewater treatment plant
Kristi Fernholz
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:19pm
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, over 20 people gathered at City Hall in Hutchinson, Minnesota, to take a driving and walking tour of the many clean energy and sustainability projects that the city has engaged in over...
MidWestOne Bank in Chisago City
Gordon Moore
Thu, 05/04/2017 - 3:41pm
Walking into MidWestOne Bank’s cheery, modern lobby in Chisago City, you likely wouldn’t notice that the building was originally constructed in the mid-1970s. You’d also be hard-pressed, though,...
Solar installation at Bridgeview Farms
Fritz Ebinger
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:36am
The cattle pasture on the southern side of Bridgeview Farms is now home to 32 solar PV panels providing 88% of the average annual electricity needed by Tim and Marie Mack’s farm and home. A family owned and...

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12:00pm to 1:00pm
Because community solar can be made accessible to renters and can include flexible terms, it holds promise for spreading the benefits of solar to low- and moderate-income (LMI) consumers. In this webinar, guest speakers from...
in Saint Paul or online
9:00am to 11:00am
Join city staff to learn about topics related to the best practices of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. These technical workshops will be held the first Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:00am every month (September...
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Some utilities have begun developing solar projects specifically to serve low-income customers and underrepresented neighborhoods. This webinar features two utility pilot projects that are installing solar panels on rooftops...
in Morris
12:00pm to 2:30pm
The conference begins on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with presentations and tours planned through Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Sessions will include energy-optimized systems for dairy production (June 13), energy conservation and...

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CERTified Campaigns


Switch to Efficient Light Bulbs

 
Start finding the right lights
Use this updated guide to find the right lights and learn more about lighting options. Start finding the right lights >>

Saving Watts & Drops Fundraisers

 
Dairy Energy Efficiency Program
Groups can conduct fundraisers with energy and water saving products in collaboration with their utilities. Learn more >>

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