Farmers Project Planning Resources

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Farming is a major industry in Minnesota, and one that has many opportunities for saving energy and producing renewable energy.

Farmers Blog Posts

Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00am
The 3rd Annual Heating the Midwest Conference will be held from April 30th to May 1st, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Keynote speakers will include regional and national leaders in biomass energy. “Each year, this event brings together...
A cute little solar piglet
Sarah Hayden
Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:04am
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Loon Lake, MN – Over 40 people gathered at a Central Region Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) event at John Smith’s farm outside of Loon Lake to see his latest invention and livestock—solar-powered pigs. Twice as cute and...
Lissa Pawlisch
Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:10am
A decision this week by Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission soon could change the way Minnesotans get credited for the solar energy they produce. The commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to adopt a Minnesota Department of Commerce-developed...

Farmers Case Studies

From the winter of 2012 through the spring of 2013, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance conducted a study on the use of open loop air ventilation systems as well as solar-powered furnaces (SPF) in high tunnels. The study used three high tunnels—one each with the aforementioned heating sytems respectively, and one with no supplemental heating in order to...
Since 2000, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) has been serving low income communities in Central Minnesota by developing, manufacturing, and installing solar hot water and air heaters to help families reduce their heating fuel dependence and lower their energy bills.
As residents of the Midwest know, the growing season is painfully short. When it’s twenty below, what else can you do besides go to the supermarket and buy tomatoes shipped from thousands of miles away? Whitewater Farms in Altura, Minnesota has found a solution. The farm, owned and operated by Sandy and Lonny Dietz, contains a geothermal greenhouse...
Farmers 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 Farmers

Improving Farm Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Navigating the ProcessThe Minnesota Project
This guide will help farmers navigate the steps implementing an energy efficiency project would likely take. The guide provides advice on how to become most knowledgeable about the energy use and potential for savings on your farm and how to use this knowledge to cut costs and save energy. The guide also includes a compilation of the best tools and resources for evaluating energy efficiency opportunities.

Energy Efficient Farms: Identifying the Proper ImprovementsThe Minnesota Project
This guide delves most directly into identifying the types of technologies and conservation practices farmers can use on their operations to help save them money. The document discusses energy efficiency opportunities common to all types of farms, and also includes specific advice for specific types of farm operations. In addition to advice on the best practices, the guide also provides a rundown of analytical tools and utility rebates likely available to interested farmers.

Farm Energy Efficiency Fact SheetsThe Minnesota Project

Farm Energy Efficiency Resource CenterThe Minnesota Project
The Minnesota Project’s Farm Energy Efficiency Resource Center contains a collection of the most relevant informational materials relating to on farm energy efficiency. From specific information concerning the most efficient milking pump technology, to do-it-yourself farm energy audit tools, this database can be your one-stop location for all educational documents and technical resources concerning on farm energy efficiency.

Farm Efficiency Service Providers MapThe Minnesota Project
This map features energy auditors, utilities, and grant writers serving Minnesota that can help you with energy conservation and efficiency on your farm.