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02/28/2018
The Golden Valley City Council gathered with the business council, Rotary Club and other community organizations Feb. 22 for the annual state of the city address. The annual event is a time for city leaders to share goals for the year, and to review past projects, look ahead to new projects and...
02/26/2018
A $3,500 grant is going to a solar energy study in Albert Lea. “paleBLUEdot is excited to be working with Albert Lea to identify the potential of solar energy for the city,” says Ted Redmond, Principal with sustainability consultant paleBLUEdot LLC. “Not only is renewable energy...
02/26/2018
WORTHINGTON — The Clean Energy Resource Teams have announced 39 seed grant awards to organizations across Minnesota. Each region was awarded approximately $20,000. In southwest Minnesota, recipients included: The city of Windom, $3,000 for solar-powered welcome signs. Windom had two solar-...
02/23/2018
In June 2010, the state of Minnesota introduced a voluntary program to encourage cities to work toward and achieve their sustainability goals. The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program utilizes best practices that focus on cost-savings and energy-use reductions while also encouraging civic innovation...
02/21/2018
OWATONNA — Business owners in Steele County will soon have a new tool to make upgrades to their buildings, or finance new development. On Feb. 13, the County Board voted to enter a joint power agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority, which under state statute is the administrative body to...
02/20/2018
Mahtowa’s Salem Lutheran Church is off to an energizing start to 2018, after receiving a $1,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) earlier this month. “We can’t wait to get started on our project, LED Lighting Conversion,” said Pastor Beth Pottratz.” Salem Lutheran Church,...
02/17/2018
A Department of Commerce program to kick-start energy efficiency around the state named 39 projects, from LED lighting in La Crescent to solar panel systems analysis for dairy farmers in west-central Minnesota, in its latest round of grant awards. The projects were chosen from 72 requests from...
02/17/2018
SLAYTON — Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) has received a $5,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to do residential blower door testing. SWMHP recently began to offer blower door testing as a line of business when new building code regulations went into...
02/17/2018
In January, the city of Grand Marais hired a climate change/Greensteps coordinator, Shane Steele. Steele is working with a steering committee consisting of City Administrator Mike Roth, Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Public Utilities Commissioner George Wilkes and Nordic Nature Group liaison Olya...
02/13/2018
Eight clean energy projects in Southeast Minnesota received seed grant funding from the Clean Energy Resource Teams earlier this month. CERTs announced it would fund 39 clean energy projects across the state on Feb. 1. Two Rochester projects received funding along with several others in...

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