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If you are traveling down south to Austin, Minnesota (home of the Spam Museum), be sure to check out their new solar-powered electric vehicle charger! Partially funded by a CERTs Seed Grant, the system was installed by Austin Utilities with the help of Riverland Community...
Attendees at Toasty Turkeys event
Joel Haskard
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 2:00pm
Minnesota is the nation’s number one turkey producer. A CERTs Seed Grant helped research ways to further reduce energy costs in turkey barns and strengthen these core Minnesota businesses. Turkey production...
Joel Haskard
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:44pm
Power Up Winona Community Solar is a group of 20 citizens formed with the commitment of bringing a 1 MW community solar garden (CSG) to Xcel Energy territory in Winona County. They are close to realizing a CSG...
Rochester Energy Commission
Joel Haskard
Sun, 09/20/2015 - 2:56pm
In 2014 few people knew that the Rochester Energy Commission (REC) existed and had been around since 2010. The REC lacked any branding and outreach, and did not have the resources to address these needs. Thanks in...
Recent community solar tour in Pelican Rapids
Maggie Kozak
Sun, 09/20/2015 - 1:01pm
Want to have a voice in Minnesota’s clean energy future? Participate in the upcoming Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan events! CERTs will host four (4) events to gather feedback from Minnesotans statewide....

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CERTs is accepting proposals for clean energy projects in Minnesota through October 26. Learn more >>

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Joel Haskard is the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Co-Director for the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development...

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Featured Event

in Online
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a new way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to the buildings of commercial property owners across all of the counties in Minnesota. Why should your county get...
in North Mankato
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Participate in the Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan in Mankato! Funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2025 Energy Action Plan will advance a number of strategies and technologies for clean, efficient energy...
in Austin
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Have you been wondering if solar was right for you? Attend this workshop and get an overview of solar electric systems. Many basic questions will be addressed such as: How well does solar energy work in Minnesota? How much...
8:00am to 6:00pm
The Minnesota Energy Center consists of ten MnSCU colleges working together to provide energy education across the state. Stay tuned for upcoming career events!

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CERTs Seed Grants

Apply for a CERTs Seed Grant

CERTs is accepting proposals for clean energy projects in Minnesota through October 26. Learn more >>

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 >>