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How did CERTs serve Minnesota communities in 2019?

Looking back at 2019


We're already diving into 2020 with a splash, but we thought it would be nice to reflect on 2019 and the ways CERTs was able to help Minnesotans build clean energy in 2019. Here goes!


By the Numbers

Hosted 33 events with over 2,700 attendees

Connected with 7,500 people at 315 forums

Offset 48.4 billion BTUs (same as 1.4M LED bulbs)

We Served 205 Minnesota Communities

We counted up all the events, meetings, and technical assistance from all staff for the whole year, and we learned that we served 205 communities in 2019. That's one more than 2018! Below is a map of event locations and a word cloud of communities we served.

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Work Highlights by Audience (click to expand)

CERTs works across the entire state of Minnesota with a wide range of audiences to help them implement clean energy projects. Below is a summary of key work that happened in 2019!

  • GreenStep program: 131 cities & 3 tribal nations
  • SolSmart solar-ready jurisdictions: 9 in Greater MN designated with CERTs assistance: Carlton County, Clay County, Crystal Bay Township, cities of Bemidji, Dawson, La Crescent, Mountain Iron, Warren, Winona
  • Cities Charging Ahead impacts: 6 acquired EVs (Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Elk River, Morris, Woodbury); 5 installed EV chargers (Burnsville, Eagan, Elk River, Red Wing, Morris)
  • Saving Watts & Drops: Distributed 6,000+ energy saving items with 10 utilities: munis in Brainerd & New Ulm; Kandiyohi, Lake Region & Todd-Wadena co-ops; IOUs MN Power, Otter Tail Power & Xcel Energy; gas utilities MN Energy Resources & CenterPoint Energy
  • Hosted EV events: Engaged 38 utilities from across MN at forums in Moorhead, Saint Paul, Windom, and at FarmFest
  • Business Blitzes: Visited 630+ businesses in 9 communities: Crookston, Morris, Mahtomedi, Rosemount, Lake Crystal, Arlington, Brownton, Winthrop
  • PACE: 24 businesses completed solar & energy efficiency projects; 5 counties signed JPA: Clay, Kanabec, Norman, Todd, Wadena
  • Site Assessments: Conducted free solar site assessments for 29 farms
  • Solar Land Leasing Guidance: Provided assistance to 25 farms and landowners
  • Programming: 6 CERTs Seed Grants & 6 Saving Watts & Drops efforts
  • MN Energy Resources: Direct installs in 176 multifamily units, including low-income

We Led Clean Energy Cohorts

There is a certain kind of magic that happens when people are able to learn, connect, and work together with their peers, locally and across the state, to advance clean energy.


Cities Charging Ahead!

A cohort of 28 cities worked together across Minnesota to explore electric vehicle (EV) readiness. Participating cities received technical assistance focused on actions and best practices to accelerate the adoption of EVs.


Solar Possible

The Solar Possible initiative offered state agencies, local governments, and schools in Xcel Energy territory the opportunity to procure solar through a joint RFP process.


We Created Useful Tools & Guides

A big part of helping Minnesotans build clean energy is highlighting opportunities and offering step-by-step guidance. Below are two examples of key tools in 2019, and you can see more here.


Clean Energy Job Board

The most popular resource on the CERTs website in 2019 was our job board, which featured 250 opportunities across technologies and sectors.


Air Source Heat Pump Guide

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) use electricity to heat and cool, and are an emerging energy efficient technology in Minnesota. This guide educates consumers and provides next steps.


Top Community Clean Energy Stories of 2019

Stories are powerful—they can inspire people and shape their understanding of what is possible. Below is a selection of nine stories from 2019 that really stood out. See more stories & news.


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We Wrapped Up 42 Seed Grants Projects

Awarded in 2018, these community-based clean energy projects were supported by CERTs and completed in 2019. See 2020 grant awards.

Photo Highlights from 2019

CERTs 2019 Photo Highlights


CERTs 2019 Highlights & Accomplishments

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