The Community Energy Ambassadors program engages Minnesotans to support clean energy projects within their communities.

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The MN Department of Commerce is administering a $4.3 million Solar for Public Buildings grant program to help cover the costs of solar installation for public buildings. 

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce announces 17 CARD grants, totaling over $5 million. These new projects will help Minnesotans save energy, cut energy bills, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce seeks proposals from eligible schools throughout Minnesota for the Minnesota Air Ventilation Pilot Grant Program, due May 17, 2024. 

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The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources seeks input to determine priorities for the state’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. 

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The Minnesota Climate Innovation Finance Authority issued a Request for Information from clean energy project developers, asset owners, financial institutions and other relevant parties with a March 15 deadline.

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for the new Low and Moderate-Income Accessible Community Solar Garden Program. Commerce will review applications in batches on a monthly basis. The application window for each batch will be open for 21 days beginning on the 1st of each month.

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Established by the State Legislature in 2023, the Air Ventilation Pilot Grant Program will provide grant funding to public schools to assess, test, adjust and improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development launched the new Clean Economy Equitable Workforce initiative, a workforce development program focused on preparing workers who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color for good-paying construction-related jobs in the growing clean energy and energy efficiency fields.

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Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) welcomes two new city sustainability staff to the Metro CERT Steering Committee! Steering Committees are made up of local people passionate about the work who want to help guide the direction of CERTs efforts in their region.

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It is an energizing start to 2024 for communities across Minnesota! CERTs awarded seed grants to 45 inspiring energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in communities from Comfrey to Crookston, Welch to Wrenshall. CERTs Seed Grants have funded 509 projects with over $1.98 million since 2006.

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The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships within the University of Minnesota Extension has several opportunities to support community-university partnerships this year!

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The MN Department of Commerce will accept applications from newly eligible schools beginning 1/10/2024. Find out about more program updates for 2024.

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MnDOT released the RFP for the first round of investment from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program which provides funds to build a convenient, affordable, reliable, and equitable fast charging network for EVs.

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CERTs recently welcomed 12 Sustainability Project Coordinators as part of a special AmeriCorps project. In 2022, CERTs worked with the AmeriCorps’ Climate Impact Corps to offer this new opportunity. In the first year of the program, we welcomed six Sustainability Project Coordinators, and we're thrilled to grow the program! 

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NESP helps nonprofits serving low-income communities with free education, facility energy assessments, direct installation of energy-efficient equipment and system upgrades. 

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CERTs welcomes Evaluation Coordinator Karen Weldon to the team!

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Minnesota recently received some BIG energy grants. A hat tip to the amazing utility and community-based organizations across the state doing important clean energy work. Similarly, a shout out to the staff at the Minnesota Department of Commerce who work tirelessly to write/support grant proposals and build the systems needed to implement federal and state policy into on-the-ground clean energy reality.

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Nominate someone leading the way on climate adaptation or climate communication!

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Meet our new Regional Coordinators and learn how they'll work throughout Minnesota.

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The 2023 Clean School Bus Rebates through the EPA are open for applications through January 31, 2024. 

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National Drive Electric Week (9/22-10/1/2023) is a nationwide celebration of the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

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The Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program provides competitive funding to federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations to build climate resilience capacity.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is seeking proposals to plan and design, acquire, and renovate/transform food shelf facilities to improve and/or increase the availability of and access to food shelf services. 

Minnesota is home to various meaningful clean energy related projects, some with impressive cultural elements. With so much happening in Minnesota’s clean energy world, momentum is building for future projects.

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