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Metro CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.
 
Contact us today to begin building your community’s clean energy future!
 
Read about the communities we’ve worked with.


Our Regional Goals:

  • Provide organizing support to help local clean energy efforts get off the ground
  • Connect efforts with existing technical and financial resources
  • Encourage collaboration among groups planning community-based projects
  • Help the State of Minnesota achieve its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals

We help communities…

  • Select projects to achieve community energy goals
  • Identify funding, technical assistance, and expertise
  • Connect to peer communities that have completed successful projects
  • Plan workshops, events, and trainings on energy topics
  • Share project stories through case studies and blog posts
  • Complete energy actions as part of the GreenStep Cities program
  • Enroll in Minnesota’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
  • Obtain project funding through CERTs Seed Grants

Learn more:
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See a list of communities we’ve worked with >>

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Metro Contact

Diana
Diana McKeown
Metro CERT Director
The Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-278-7158
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trevor
Trevor Drake
Metro CERT Coordinator
The Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-767-7291

Project Independence Solar PV Dedication at Chisago Lakes Middle School

Recent Blog Posts

John and Rachel Egan - community solar subscribers to the Connexus Energy SolarWise program
Dan Thiede
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:24pm
Community Solar Gardens are centrally-located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers, and they’re taking root in Minnesota. Here at CERTs we wanted to learn more about the experiences of subscribers in Minnesota and share them with others who are...
Eric Schilling and family - community solar subscribers to the Connexus Energy SolarWise program
Dan Thiede
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:15pm
Community Solar Gardens are centrally-located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers, and they’re taking root in Minnesota. Here at CERTs we wanted to learn more about the experiences of subscribers in Minnesota and share them with others who are...
Attendees at the workshop learn about community solar gardens
Patrick Mathwig
Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:03pm
Community solar has been THE hot energy issue in Minnesota so far this year. In 2013 the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that required Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s largest investor owned utility, to administer a community solar gardens (CSG) program, and enabled other utilities to administer...

Metro Case Studies

All of us, at some point in life, were stuck indoors on a beautiful day, and wished we could be outside. As kids, we’ve daydreamed about our teacher...
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...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...

Metro Community Projects

These projects emerged from the 2013 CERTs Conference and are open to community involvement. Click on a project to learn more or see all projects statewide.

Engage homeowners and businesses in energy conservation through a behavior change program, which...
Empower tenants and incentivize landlords to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy...
Bring together energy-efficiency organizations and business associations to improve energy...
Develop and implement community-owned solar PV systems.

Metro Steering Committee

  • Stacy Boots Camp, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Michelle Gransee-Bowman, Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Sean Goswieski, Alliance for Sustainability
  • Tony Hainault, Hennepin County – Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition (MEPC)
  • Jen Hassebroek, City of Oakdale
  • Paul Hoff, Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative (MAGI)
  • Jennifer McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • Philipp Muessig, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Yvonne Pfeifer, Xcel Energy
  • Joseph (Joe) Steffel, Utilities Director with the City of Buffalo
  • Billy Weber, Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota

Volunteer & Get Involved

Volunteer & Get Involved
Get involved and make connections with others passionate about clean energy! 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.

Metro Community Groups


Use our map of local community organizations to connect with a group in your part of the state! Explore map.

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Metro CERT is a program of The Great Plains Institute