Businesses Project Planning Resources


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Clean energy isn’t just for demonstration projects—harnessing clean energy technologies can create another source of income for your business. And energy savings can also save you money.

Businesses Blog Posts

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Maple Grove
Joel Haskard
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:37pm
Our old friend Carl Samuelson, Energy Strategy Facilitator with Michaels Energy, recently brought to our attention the great energy efficiency work by management and staff at the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Maple Grove. To learn more, we...
Attendees discuss our energy future
Lissa Pawlisch
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:39pm
During the month of October, 2015, folks in Mankato, Staples, and Grand Rapids had a chance to share their input on the Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan. CERTs hosted these three events (as well as an event in St. Paul) to gather feedback, with...
LED Greenhouse lighting used during the study
Fritz Ebinger
Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:23pm
Two groups, Outsourced Innovations, a lighting consulting firm, and Tangletown Gardens, a greenhouse nursery and garden business, recently finished a one-year Conservation, Applied Research & Development (CARD) grant project funded by the...

Businesses Case Studies

The Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) recently used grant funding from CERTs to conduct a community survey in Beltrami County, Minnesota in order to identify and understand the community’s renewable energy and energy efficiency financing needs. HRDC partnered with the Sustainability Office at Bemidji State University for the project and...
Saint Paul Energy Coordinator Jim Giebel knows the importance of saving energy for a city government. He oversees the energy usage of over 160 city facilities in Saint Paul, with 3.2 million square feet of space whose collective energy costs total around $8.5 million annually.
Minneapolis has big hopes for renewable energy in the city, with a goal of 1MW installed renewable capacity by 2014. A large step toward this goal was completed in 2011 with six individual solar projects installed along the Energy Innovation Corridor.
Business Project Planning

Funding & Financing Opportunities

Funding & Financing Opportunities
There are various opportunities for funding and financing any clean energy project. CERTs offers a list of funding opportunities currently available in the fields of energy and the environment. Start exploring now! Learn more

Looking for technology resources?

Explore technology resources
If you’re looking to learn more about a specific technology, like energy efficiency, solar, or wind, we have what you’re looking for. Our technology resources include everything from basic introductions and frequently asked questions to CERTs case studies to recent reports and organizations that can help you go deeper. Learn more.

CERTs Supported Projects

See CERTs-supported projects
CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects and we’re currently accepting applications! See projects or learn more about grants.

Detailed Resources for Businesses

Lodging Resources
Lodging businesses have unique challenges and opportunities in energy efficiency. CERTs recognizes how lodging businesses are well-positioned to make meaningful gains by saving energy.

Consult our utility project planning resources for more information about utility-offered programs.

Energy Smart
Energy Smart is an energy efficiency business assistance initiative developed by Minnesota Waste Wise, an affiliate program of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The Energy Smart program connects
businesses to existing Conservation Improvement Programs (CIPs) offered by the state’s energy utilities, as well as other energy efficiency tools and resources offered to the Minnesota business community. Energy Smart directs businesses to the information they need to make informed choices about their facilities’ energy use and efficiency upgrade options, highlighting potential cost savings or available financial incentives.

Clean Energy Projects You Can Do Now!CERTs

Tips for Greening Your organizationClean Air–Cool Planet
Simple steps your business can take to reduce its climate footprint.

ENERGY STAR for Small Business
Provides unbiased information and technical support to help you improve your company’s financial performance by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while at the same time protecting the environment.

National Small Business Association ENERGY STAR Challenge
NSBA is challenging—in partnership with the voluntary ENERGY STAR Small Business program, which is providing technical support—the 150,000 small businesses it reaches to reduce their energy consumption by 10 percent or more through improved energy efficiency. Find out how your business can get involved.

Center for Small Business and the Environment
CSBE believes that profitable, efficient, and innovative small businesses can lead the way to a new economy that protects and restores the environment while it produces abundant growth and employment. They operate through a network of like-minded environmental and small business leaders to promote green small businesses.

Alliance for Sustainability} – The Natural Step Framework
AFS is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit that promotes The Natural Step Framework, a creative approach for addressing environmental challenges—that businesses across Minnesota and the US have adopted—based on consensus and systems thinking. Its purpose is to develop and share a common framework comprised of easily understood, scientifically-based principles that can serve as a compass to guide society toward a just and sustainable future.

Minnesotans building a clean energy future


    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission