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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.



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

Project Independence Solar PV Dedication at Chisago Lakes Middle School

Recent Blog Posts

Electric school bus takes part in Lakeville Pan-O-Prog parade
Frank Jossi
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:18pm
The Midwest’s first electric bus has arrived in Minnesota! How did this happen? “We’re nimble,” said David Ranallo Manager, Marketing & Member Services at Great River Energy. “The right time isn’t always the obvious time, but we’re always looking for...
Students at Cyprus Classical Academy work on energy conservation project
Dan Thiede
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:37am
For many elementary schools, STEM programs consist of textbooks, online research and classroom experiments. For the students of Cyprus Classical Academy in Burnsville, STEM recently got real. This spring, 8- and 9-year-old students installed the school’s HVAC control system through a...
MN Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:16am
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that Minnesota has received an additional $13 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the state’s Energy Assistance Program. This second and final installment of funding means that Minnesotans who...

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
  • Julie Drennen, Conservation Minnesota
  • Jen Hassebroek, City of Oakdale
  • Kim Havey, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Leah Hiniker, Hennepin County
  • Paul Hoff, MAGI
  • Sean Gosiewski, Alliance for Sustainability
  • Steve Lawrence, City of St. Cloud
  • Jennifer McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • Garrett Mosiman, Center for Sustainable Building Research
  • Yvonne Pfeifer, Xcel Energy
  • Erin Smith, City of Victoria
  • John Suzukida, Shoreview Environment Quality Committee
  • Lee Valencour, Noble Conservation
  • Eric Wojchik, Metropolitan Council

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 University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission