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Bill McCann, site manager at Hillcrest recreation center, with the VendingMisers
The City of Saint Paul saves money and energy with new VendingMiser installations on vending machines in public buildings and businesses!

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CERTs is continuing its work with researchers from the University of St. Thomas to better understand which aspects of community solar are most important to you and which factors would most influence your decision to subscribe to a project. You might remember seeing a survey in...
Energy Coaches in action
Trevor Drake
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:28pm
A pilot project in Minneapolis is testing the idea that business advocates might be the key to unlocking energy efficiency in the small business sector.   The Challenge   Energy efficiency advocates...
EV event at the capitol
Joel Haskard
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:26am
The big National Drive Electric Week event is coming up this weekend—Sunday, September 21st from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the State Capitol Mall. To learn more about the event and electric vehicles (EVs) in...
Jim Beecher of St. Louis Park drives a 2013 Nissan Leaf
Joel Haskard
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:22am
More and more electric vehicles (EVs) are entering the national marketplace and hitting Minnesota roads. CERTs is doing a series of interviews with EV drivers to learn about their experiences. Meet Jim: Jim...
MN GreenCorps
Alexis Troschinetz
Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:42pm
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in AmeriCorps service with Minnesota GreenCorps for immediate placement during the 2014-2015 program...
Touring solar installations at Carleton College before learning about community solar opportunities
Michelle Palm
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:58am
Minnesotans came together at Carleton College’s Weitz Center on Thursday, August 21st to learn about community solar gardens and three projects around the Southeast CERT region. This open event was held to educate...

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in Brainerd
7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Power Hour will include discussion of: components of a solar photovoltaics (PV) system solar market trends the step-by-step process of evaluating the feasibility of PV for your home economic benefits a list...
in Cloquet
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Interest for alternative bioenergy systems and concern over changes in climate, which will affect our environment, is growing. Several research programs/projects are underway in Minnesota to document practical bioenergy...
in Brooklyn Center
9:00am to 11:30am
How Community Actions and Resources Will Shape our Energy Future: This free Community Energy Forum will feature discussions on how we harness the future of community energy resources. Energy programs are still largely...
10:00am to 4:00pm
The Greater Minnesota Renewable Energy Tour hosted by Minnesota Renewable Energy Society will be held Saturday, October 4th from 10 am to 4 pm. Click here to see the exact locations and types of technologies >>

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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 >>