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LPTV covered the MREA and CERTs hosted Solar Power Hour in Brainerd. See the video below to watch, or click here to view it on their website >>
The city of La Crescent, with the assistance of a $3,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, launched its GreenStep City efforts with a “Green Team” meeting on March 30. The team included members of the comprehensive planning committee, planning commission, city staff, and a newly...
There’s no need to practice your “I like long walks on the beach at sunset …” speech. The Solar Speed Dating event in Minneapolis on Saturday isn’t that kind of dating. It’s for residents of Hennepin County who want to “speed date” their way through vendors offering shared solar options to Xcel...
The Barn Theatre in Willmar received a WC CERT Seed Grant to fund their LED lighting upgrade. WILLMAR — The red ribbon was cut Friday at the Barn Theatre, announcing the accomplishment of Phase 1 of the art center’s massive remodel. “We are celebrating the completion of the first part,” said...
The Rosemount City Council voted unanimously March 2 to authorize two new solar garden subscription agreements, one with Oak Leaf and one with SolarStone and Geronimo. Both 25-year subscriptions are being offered through the Metropolitan Council and are intended to save the city money. City...
There’s a lot of interest in community solar gardens in Minneapolis. Just ask Gayle Prest. The city’s sustainability director said she gets a few calls almost every week from people who want to learn more about the gardens, which off er solar-generated electricity to a group of subscribers. They...
The first step is always to find ways to be energy efficient. It’s by far the most cost-effective way to save energy and reduce consumption from the grid. It just makes economic, energy and environmental sense. However, says Chris Meyer, southeast Clean Energy Resource Teams coordinator,...
OWATONNA — If you’ve ever thought about getting into solar power, Thursday is your chance to find out more. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association will host two Solar Power Hours next week in southern Minnesota, including one in Owatonna. After a Wednesday event in Rochester, the organization...
Bemidji – Erika Bailey-Johnson, sustainability coordinator at BSU for the past eight years, has been named to the Midwest Energy News 40 under 40 list of emerging leaders highlighting their work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy, and also is featured in the Clean...
To identify and implement community-based clean energy projects the Clean Energy Resource Teams also known as CERTS, helps connect communities and individuals to find the right help. Two projects were presented that sparked the conversation. Out of the University of Minnesota Extension, a...



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