Economic Developers Project Planning Resources


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You and members of your community can plan well and work collaboratively toward implementing clean energy projects that will stimulate local economic development, create jobs, advance investment in the clean energy economy, and with the proper outreach garner community-wide support for global warming solutions.

Economic Developers Blog Posts

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...
Attendees tossed around a speaker box to share their perspectives
Diana McKeown
Mon, 11/09/2015 - 2:45pm
On October 22nd, over one hundred people attended the 9th annual gathering of the Metro CERT region. As always, the program provided information, connections to resources, and networking around community clean energy implementation. This year...
Clean Energy Project Builder
Dan Thiede
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 1:08pm
Interest in solar energy and community solar gardens has exploded this year in Minnesota, and people are hungry for tools that can help them move forward. To meet the demand, the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) has relaunched the Clean Energy...

Economic Developers 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...
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.
As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) grows and local dealerships begin stocking more of them, consumers will be thinking about where to find charging stations. While most EV owners charge their vehicles at home, drivers looking for a charge around town may struggle with an EV charging infrastructure in its infancy.
Economic Developers 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 Economic Developers

Minnesota Sustainable Communities (MnSCN) Newsletter
Keep up to date on issues important to economic development, including: Biomass-based Local Economies; MN Green & Affordable Communities by Design; Annual MPCA Environmental Assistance Grants; Wisconsin Universities to Become Energy Self-Sufficient; Minneapolis Energy Proposals & Non-Toxic Cleaners; Change a Light Campaign & Award Programs.

Job Jolt: The Economic Impacts of Repowering the MidwestEnvironmental Law & Policy Center
This Clean Energy Development Plan for the Heartland is an economic study done by the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory for the Environmental Law & Policy Center on the impacts of phasing in more clean, energy-efficient technologies and renewable-energy development across the Midwest and Great Plains.
Also read: Repowering Minnesota.

Renewing Minnesota’s EconomyUnion of Concerned Scientists
The subtitle of this report explains it all: “A 10 Percent National Renewable Electricity Standard will Create Jobs and Save Consumers Money.”

Minnesota’s Commercial Alternative Energy Industries: Production, policies, and local economicsCenter for Rural Policy and Development
A confluence of economic and political forces is leading to renewed attention to the potential for Minnesota to increase its share of homegrown energy. Alternative energy industries, the argument goes, should receive public support because they generate a pattern of spending and outputs that are in some sense better than the patterns of traditional energy industries. Read the report to find out if this is true, what the potential is, and what this could mean for MN.

Apollo Jobs Report: New Energy for AmericaApollo Alliance
This report and an Apollo Alliance initiative unite Good Jobs and Energy Independence. Definitely worth the read.

Wind Energy for Rural Economic DevelopmentUS DOE EERE
Life on the farm can be tough these days, but there is a bright spot on the rural economic development horizon: wind energy. The wind industry contributes to the economies of 46 states, and the outlook for regional economic growth from wind energy is positive. Read the brochure to learn more.

Minnesotans building a clean energy future


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