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

Join the CERTs team!
Maggie Kozak
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:37am
Love energy efficiency, renewables, and helping others save money? Like to work with local units of government on helping them finance their clean energy projects? Then consider joining CERTs! We have a new position open—a Local Government...
Example view of Minneapolis Solar Suitability Tool
Hannah Nesser
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:06pm
The Minneapolis Solar Suitability map is a red, orange, yellow, and grey patchwork of the city’s rooftops. Click on a colored building, and a text box appears, stating “This building has good solar potential!” and an estimate of the total kilowatt-...
The Popp family children are learning first-hand how solar photovoltaic panels and their wind turbine create energy on their farm
Stacey Pederson
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:02am
Over 30 people gathered July 16, 2014 in Royalton to tour and learn about exciting clean energy accomplishments and happenings in Royalton, Minnesota! Central Clean Energy Resource Team (Central CERT) hosted the tour in collaboration with the City...

Economic Developers Case Studies

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.
What began as a daunting project three years ago has recently produced successful results. In 2009 the armory in Park Rapids, MN was unusable and considered a threat to the environmental health of the city and its inhabitants. Today it acts as a model for energy efficient technologies and responsible community development.

Upcoming Economic Developers Events

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.