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Metro CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.
 
Contact us today to begin building your community’s clean energy future!
 
Read about the communities we’ve worked with.



Metro CERT Clean Energy Accelerator
Communities across Minnesota are looking to take action on clean energy projects, but sometimes knowing where to start, who to involve, and how to get from an idea to a completed project are steps that make the process seem daunting. Making those difficult steps easier, and getting through them faster, is the purpose of Clean Energy Accelerator.



Our Regional Goals:

  • Provide organizing support to help local clean energy efforts get off the ground
  • Connect efforts with existing technical and financial resources
  • Encourage collaboration among groups planning community-based projects
  • Help the State of Minnesota achieve its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals

We help communities…

  • Select projects to achieve community energy goals
  • Identify funding, technical assistance, and expertise
  • Connect to peer communities that have completed successful projects
  • Plan workshops, events, and trainings on energy topics
  • Share project stories through case studies and blog posts
  • Complete energy actions as part of the GreenStep Cities program
  • Enroll in Minnesota’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
  • Obtain project funding through CERTs Seed Grants

Learn more:
Download a factsheet about Metro CERT >>
Sign up for our quarterly newsletter >>
See a list of communities we’ve worked with >>

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Metro Contact

Diana
Diana McKeown
Metro CERT Director
Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-278-7158

Project Independence Solar PV Dedication at Chisago Lakes Middle School

Recent Blog Posts

Community solar garden from above | Credit: Metropolitan Council
Trevor Drake
Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:31pm
Since its launch in 2014, Xcel Energy’s community solar garden program in Minnesota has driven a growing conversation about solar energy options and opportunities, especially among local government staff and elected officials. Local governments are sought after as solar garden subscribers for their...
Waconia Public Schools third-party solar ribbon cutting
Peter Lindstrom
Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:36pm
Minneapolis, Champlin, Forest Lake Area Schools, Lester Prairie, Dakota County, Waconia Public Schools. What do these local governments and schools districts have in common? They are just a sample of public entities that have utilized third-party financing as a means to place solar arrays on...
Ice dam on a home in winter
MN Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:06pm
Before winter gets into full swing, Minnesota homeowners have the opportunity to act now to help prevent ice dams and costly water damage to ceilings and walls.   What’s the problem?   Ice dams are primarily caused by the presence of warm air in the attic, combined with snow...

Metro Case Studies

All of us, at some point in life, were stuck indoors on a beautiful day, and wished we could be outside. As kids, we’ve daydreamed about our teacher...
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...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...

Metro Steering Committee

  • Stacy Boots Camp, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Julie Drennen, Conservation Minnesota
  • Jen Hassebroek, City of Oakdale
  • Kim Havey, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Leah Hiniker, Hennepin County
  • Paul Hoff, Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative
  • Sean Gosiewski, Alliance for Sustainability
  • Steve Lawrence, City of St. Cloud
  • Jennifer McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • Garrett Mosiman, Center for Sustainable Building Research
  • Yvonne Pfeifer, Xcel Energy
  • Erin Smith, City of Victoria
  • John Suzukida, Shoreview Environment Quality Committee
  • Lee Valencour, Noble Conservation
  • Eric Wojchik, Metropolitan Council

Volunteer & Get Involved

Volunteer & Get Involved
Get involved and make connections with others passionate about clean energy! 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.

Metro Community Groups


Use our map of local community organizations to connect with a group in your part of the state! Explore map.

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More Resources for the Metro Region

 
The Great Plains Institute
Metro CERT is a program of The Great Plains Institute

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

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