Seed Grant Funding Available for Minnesota Clean Energy Projects


by Clean Energy Resource Teams
Monday, June 4, 2012

Proposals for community-based projects are due July 2, 2012

Media Contact:
Dan Thiede, CERTs Communications Manager
University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships or 612-626-0556

Seed Grant Funding Mon., June 4, 2012, Statewide, MN – Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help!

CERTs seeks to provide seed grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota. Project proposals should be for a community-based energy efficiency or renewable energy project that also provides a forum for community education about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, ecological and community benefits.

“Since 2006, CERTs has awarded more than $720,000 to over 165 projects,” said Lissa Pawlisch, Clean Energy Resource Teams Director. “Those projects ranged from energy efficiency for city-owned buildings to solar power for schools, from on-farm wind power to renewably-heated greenhouses, and much more.” Past projects can be seen at, and case studies can be read at

CERTs offers many tools and resources to help you plan your project, so get started!

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00pm on Monday, July 2nd, 2012.

To learn more and apply, visit today.

Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.


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About CERTs: The Clean Energy Resource Teams connect Minnesotans with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, helping communities determine their energy future.

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