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Sam Thai Cuisine, like several other restaurants, found that simple behavior change measures had significant impacts on energy usage
The City of White Bear Lake, in collaboration with the Food Service Energy Leadership Program (FSELP), received an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to provide technical...

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On January 16th, 2015, Wells Fargo highlighted the opportunities that small businesses have to reduce energy usage by presenting a “big check” to support the Small Business Energy Coaches Project in Minneapolis.
Tri-County Electric Cooperative Renewable Rays community solar garden
Dan Thiede
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 4:06pm
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...
Tri-County Electric Cooperative Renewable Rays community solar garden
Dan Thiede
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:55pm
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...
Metro CERT Clean Energy Accelerator
Trevor Drake
Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:47pm
Communities across Minnesota are looking to take action on clean energy projects, but sometimes knowing where to start, who to involve, and how to get from an idea to a completed project are steps that make the...
Minneapolis skyline at night
Diana McKeown
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 8:49am
The new Clean Energy Partnership Board in Minneapolis will hold its first meeting today, Wednesday February 4th. This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership will have the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and...
A screenshot from one of the videos, "Building Science is No BS"
Joel Haskard
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:30am
You will be hard pressed to find a more dedicated bunch of folks working to build a clean energy future than the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) based out of Grand Marais. Since 2008, this spunky band of...

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9:00am to 5:00pm
This 10-week course offers engaging, frank, instruction from energy engineer Marc Rosenbaum. You’ll walk away with all the key components of a zero net energy home – and even design one as your capstone project. Marc...
9:00am to 5:00pm
Spend six weeks learning how well your buildings are performing with expert guidance every step of the way. Learn what data you need to gather, how to analyze it, and when you need energy monitoring hardware. Students will...
in St. Cloud
12:00pm to 4:00pm
This four-hour course will cover NEC 2014 changes to articles 690 and 705, beginning with code reorganization and new definitions. During this training, there will be discussion of the new “Rapid Shutdown” requirement,...
in Saint Cloud
8:30am to 1:30pm
CERTs 2015 will be an exploration and celebration of successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a coming together of hundreds of amazing people who are working to create a clean energy future in their...

CERTs 2015 Conference

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Join us to build Minnesota’s clean energy future!   Learn more >>
 

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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 >>