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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!
 
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Metro CERT Clean Energy Accelerator
Communities across Minnesota are looking to take action on clean energy projects, but sometimes knowing where to start, who to involve, and how to get from an idea to a completed project are steps that make the process seem daunting. Making those difficult steps easier, and getting through them faster, is the purpose of Clean Energy Accelerator.



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
Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-278-7158
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trevor
Trevor Drake
Metro CERT Co-Director
Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-767-7291

Project Independence Solar PV Dedication at Chisago Lakes Middle School

Recent Blog Posts

City of Farmington
Katie Hosch
Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:54am
Building operation is a huge cost that most cities, counties, and other local governments have in common. But often there’s a disconnect between building operation and energy savings, one that a new manual available to Minnesota local governments is designed to fix. It is well documented...
Getting to 80% renewables in St. Cloud, MN
Joel Haskard
Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm
St. Cloud is one of eight communities in Minnesota recently recognized at the 2016 Clean Energy Community Awards sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The awards recognized communities that contribute to the state’s clean energy goals by planning and implementing programs, policies,...
Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive
MN Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:47pm
Applications for the fourth year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program will be accepted beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, and ending Feb. 28, 2017. The 10-year, $150-million program helps fund new solar electric and solar thermal systems for Minnesota residents, businesses, and communities. The...

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 Steering Committee

  • Stacy Boots Camp, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Erin Smith, City of Victoria
  • Michelle Gransee, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Sean Gosiewski, 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
  • 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. 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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More Resources for the Metro Region

 
The Great Plains Institute
Metro CERT is a program of The Great Plains Institute

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

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