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Clean energy isn’t just for demonstration projects—harnessing clean energy technologies can create another source of income for your business. And energy savings can also save you money.

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Businesses Blog Posts

Solar at Enchanted Meadows
Fritz Ebinger
Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:16pm
High on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, near the town of La Crescent, Minnesota, is Enchanted Meadows Organic Dairy Farm. This enterprise is owned by Art and Jean Thicke, and has been in the Thicke family for over 85 years. The conversion to...
In 2016 there were 57,351 clean energy jobs in MN
Dan Thiede
Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:49pm
Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) today released a new report called Clean Jobs Midwest from Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs that finds that Minnesota now has 57,351 total clean energy jobs. In the last 12 months, Minnesota’...
Screenshot from LPTV news segment on Leech Lake community solar gardens
Anna Carlson
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:01pm
“This is the first 100% low-income shared solar array in the state of Minnesota, and the first low-income community solar array integrated into energy assistance (LIHEAP) in the nation!” notes Jason Edens with Rural Renewable Energy...

Businesses Case Studies

The Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) recently used grant funding from CERTs to conduct a community survey in Beltrami County, Minnesota in order to identify and understand the community’s renewable energy and energy efficiency financing needs. HRDC partnered with the Sustainability Office at Bemidji State University for the project and...
Saint Paul Energy Coordinator Jim Giebel knows the importance of saving energy for a city government. He oversees the energy usage of over 160 city facilities in Saint Paul, with 3.2 million square feet of space whose collective energy costs total around $8.5 million annually.
Minneapolis has big hopes for renewable energy in the city, with a goal of 1MW installed renewable capacity by 2014. A large step toward this goal was completed in 2011 with six individual solar projects installed along the Energy Innovation Corridor.
Business Project Planning

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If you’re looking to learn more about a specific technology, like energy efficiency, solar, or wind, we have what you’re looking for. Our technology resources include everything from basic introductions and frequently asked questions to CERTs case studies to recent reports and organizations that can help you go deeper. Learn more.

CERTs Supported Projects

See CERTs-supported projects
CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. See projects or learn more about grants.

Detailed Resources for Businesses

Lodging Resources
Lodging businesses have unique challenges and opportunities in energy efficiency. CERTs recognizes how lodging businesses are well-positioned to make meaningful gains by saving energy.

Consult our utility project planning resources for more information about utility-offered programs.

Energy Smart
Energy Smart is an energy efficiency business assistance initiative developed by Minnesota Waste Wise, an affiliate program of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The Energy Smart program connects
businesses to existing Conservation Improvement Programs (CIPs) offered by the state’s energy utilities, as well as other energy efficiency tools and resources offered to the Minnesota business community. Energy Smart directs businesses to the information they need to make informed choices about their facilities’ energy use and efficiency upgrade options, highlighting potential cost savings or available financial incentives.

Clean Energy Projects You Can Do Now!CERTs

Tips for Greening Your organizationClean Air–Cool Planet
Simple steps your business can take to reduce its climate footprint.

ENERGY STAR for Small Business
Provides unbiased information and technical support to help you improve your company’s financial performance by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while at the same time protecting the environment.

National Small Business Association ENERGY STAR Challenge
NSBA is challenging—in partnership with the voluntary ENERGY STAR Small Business program, which is providing technical support—the 150,000 small businesses it reaches to reduce their energy consumption by 10 percent or more through improved energy efficiency. Find out how your business can get involved.

Center for Small Business and the Environment
CSBE believes that profitable, efficient, and innovative small businesses can lead the way to a new economy that protects and restores the environment while it produces abundant growth and employment. They operate through a network of like-minded environmental and small business leaders to promote green small businesses.

Alliance for Sustainability} – The Natural Step Framework
AFS is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit that promotes The Natural Step Framework, a creative approach for addressing environmental challenges—that businesses across Minnesota and the US have adopted—based on consensus and systems thinking. Its purpose is to develop and share a common framework comprised of easily understood, scientifically-based principles that can serve as a compass to guide society toward a just and sustainable future.

Minnesotans building a clean 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