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Community Solar Gardens


Guaranteed Energy Savings Program


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Interest in community solar gardens has been exploding in recent months, and CERTs has been busy keeping up with the demand for information and technical assistance. To help people visualize where community solar garden programs are available, CERTs published a map that is...
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...
The Villella household utilizes several technologies, including geothermal, Solar PV and electric vehicles.
Stacey Pederson
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:05pm
Many Minnesotans are adding solar to their homes, and some folks are doing even more. Sam Villella and his family are a few of those over achievers: in addition to solar PV on their roof, they heat and cool their...
Excelen is saving major energy through improvements financed by PACE
Anthony D'Amico
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:43pm
Excelen is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization that educates and assists orthopedic researchers as they develop innovative surgical and rehabilitative techniques. Located in downtown...

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Featured Event

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...
in Minneapolis
8:00am 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...
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...

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 >>