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Third-party financing is an innovative tool for public entities to tap into long-term energy cost savings without requiring large up-front capital expenditures.* Local governments and schools are great locations for solar: large, flat roofs, lots of expensive electrical load, a...
Ice dam on a home in winter
MN Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:06pm
Before winter gets into full swing, Minnesota homeowners have the opportunity to act now to help prevent ice dams and costly water damage to ceilings and walls.   What’s the problem?   Ice...
Blower door test to find leaks during energy audit. Photo courtesy Home Energy Squad
Chris Meyer
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:25am
Safety. This is one of the unheralded benefits of a home energy audit, and a small Southeast CERT Seed Grant which helped fund 17 energy audits in Winona County led to the replacement of furnaces in two low-income...
Matt McFarland
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:10am
CERTs is pleased to welcome Matt McFarland as our new coordinator for the Northwest region! Over the past year and a half, Matt has worked at Headwaters Regional Development Commission in Bemidji, Minnesota....
Energy-themed pumpkin stencils
Dan Thiede
Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:17am
As Energy Awareness Month comes to a close, celebrate with these clean energy-themed pumpkin stencils! It’s a fun way to energize your neighborhood and teach your kids about energy efficiency and renewable...

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Annette Fiedler is Physical Development Director of the Southwest Regional Development Commission. She grew up in Nebraska, attending high...

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in Waconia
6:00pm to 8:00pm
It doesn’t say on their website, but we’ve got the inside scoop that all of these lights are LED and solar-powered! Whoa! Sovereign Estate installed a 39kW solar array in April 2018. It is believed that this...
in Slayton
The Rural Minnesota Energy Board was formed to provide policy guidance on issues surrounding energy development in rural Minnesota. Originally formed in 1996 as the Ridge Counties Task Force, it developed into the Wind Task...
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Every year new buildings are constructed that use more energy than expected. We want to break that trend and recently piloted an initiative in Minnesota known as Accelerate Performance. Accelerate Performance is a...
in Minneapolis
Live in the Uptown area and want to go solar? Now’s your chance! Neighbors have formed the Uptown Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United Neighbors of Minnesota to make it easier to save money on the purchase of...
in Oronoco
9:30am to 12:30pm
Local governments are invited to join Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team (SE CERT) for this session focused on utilizing benchmarking to help your township, city, school, or county save money on its energy bills....

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Switch to Efficient Light Bulbs

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Use this updated guide to find the right lights and learn more about lighting options. Start finding the right lights >>

Saving Watts & Drops Fundraisers

Dairy Energy Efficiency Program
Groups can conduct fundraisers with energy and water saving products in collaboration with their utilities. Learn more >>

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