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After a July 2012 storm devastated a cabin on Judith Nelson’s property outside of Bemidji, her insurance company provided a frugal replacement cost. Rochell Carpenter, carpentry instructor at nearby Leech Lake Tribal College, embraced the project of building a two-bedroom home...
PACE in southern MN
Annette Fiedler
Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:47am
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a new way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to the buildings of commercial property owners in cities and counties that allow it. Energy-saving...
Map of community solar programs in Minnesota
Dan Thiede
Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:04pm
Interest in community solar gardens has been exploding in recent months, and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) has been busy keeping up with the demand for information and technical assistance. Minnesota...
Gary Hoffman is saving a lot of energy on his dairy farm with efficiency measures
Fritz Ebinger
Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:38am
“I’ve always been for anything that would save,” says Gary Hoffman of Hoffman Farms, a 300+ head dairy with 800 acres just west of Chatfield, MN. Hoffman Farms recently saved energy and money on...
Minnesota GreenCorps Program
Dan Thiede
Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:55am
Minnesota GreenCorps is recruiting the next generation of environmental leaders… do you know someone who has what it takes? Minnesota GreenCorps helps communities across Minnesota prepare for a strong and...
Minneapolis Neighborhood Leaders Gathered at Mayflower Church on April 30th
Trevor Drake
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:36am
Over 70 neighborhood leaders gathered at Mayflower Church in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 30th to learn about community solar gardens, including key considerations and specific roles for neighborhoods. Setting...

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Fritz Ebinger serves as the Clean Energy Program Manager for The Minnesota Project. In this role, he works on energy efficiency initiatives with...

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Featured Event

in Falcon Heights
9:00am to 10:30am
Local government representatives and public school leadership are invited to attend an event June 1st, 9:00-10:30am, at Falcon Heights City Hall, to hear about an opportunity for their entitties to subscribe to community...
in Minneapolis
10:00am to 6:30pm
Ethanol 101 will serve as a one day in-depth survey of the history, science, production and market basics of the ethanol industry. Populated by some of the industry’s most recognized professionals, this seminar will serve...
9:00am to 5:00pm
Spend seven weeks with Mike Duclos, Principal and Founder of DEAP Energy Group, learning how to meet the rigorous (and non-negotiable) Passive House design criteria in order to make Passive House happen in the real world....
in Bemidji
9:30am to 5:00pm
Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds or the...

CERTs 2015 Conference

Learn more about the CERTs 2015 Conference
Presentations and photos from the event are now available!   Learn more >>
 

Act to implement on-the-ground solutions and save energy!

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 >>