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

LED Greenhouse lighting used during the study
Fritz Ebinger
Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:09pm
Two groups, Outsourced Innovations, a lighting consulting firm, and Tangletown Gardens, a greenhouse nursery and garden business, recently completed an 12-month study of greenhouse-specific LED lighting technology. This study was funded through a...
Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 01/06/2016 - 9:00am
The Minnesota Legislature established the Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Incentive Program in 2013 to help our state meet its solar electricity standard and to catalyze the solar industry. MiM is a solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal...
USDA RD - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Joel Haskard
Thu, 12/10/2015 - 2:58pm
See what we did there with the blog post title? REAP also stands for Rural Energy for American Program, a grant and loan offering from USDA Rural Development that can help farmers and rural small businesses do renewable energy and energy efficiency...

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 Process
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 Improvements
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 Sheets

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.

Stray Voltage Resources
Here at CERTs we have been getting a few questions recently about stray voltage with regards to clean energy project, so we thought it would be useful to share some resources for people to learn more. While stray voltage can be a concern in certain situations, it’s unlikely to arise when work is done by professional contractors in partnership with electric utilities.

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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