Testimonials about CERTs



These testimonials have been submitted by people who have worked with CERTs, attended our events, received Seed Grants, and much more.

A Hope Grant for Project Independence
Project Independence was a quest to put a 10kw solar photovoltaic system on Chisago Lakes Middle school. These 44 panels were to be fully funded by students and staff with no cost to the school. We began the process in 2008 when the world economy fell apart so our project began against great odds. Trying to raise $73,000 at a time like that was going to be difficult. We knew, however, that this project was so worth doing and would teach kids so many lessons about life, persistence and the importance of working through difficulties to make sacrifices to make the world a better place. !>http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5084/5347161570_0f277a73e7_m.jpg(Click to see larger image)!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mncerts/5347161570/in/set-72157624917653369/ Our project had many ups and downs. It seemed like at our darkest moment, when it looked as if all our hard work might just not be enough, CERTs came to the rescue with a $5,000 SEED grant. I think the name SEED is appropriate for the name of the grant but for us it was a HOPE grant. The grant and the encouragement we received from CERTs came just at the most critical juncture and renewed us to continue the fight for something we believed in. The funding gave us leverage to seek out other groups that could help us since obviously others had less faith in what we were trying to accomplish. We had been told by funding sources who didn't believe we had a chance to pull this off, to "come back when you get closer to your financial goals". The CERTs funding allowed us to say "we're back..." and to help us make Project Independence a reality. CERTs is a wonderful organization of like minded people with the expertise to help you make dreams realities. The students at CLMS will walk underneath our gleaming panels for many years as they enter and leave our building. Hopefully these students will leave our building changed and will be part of the generation that makes solar energy mainstream and oil and gas the alternative energy sources.
- Pat Collins
Science Teacher | Chisago Lakes Middle School
Video: Hunt Utilities Group, Buffalo Municipal Utilities
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Uq6TF7hl1j0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> We could tell you why you should work with CERTs, but we'd rather let others do the talking. Here's what Bob McLean and Quinn Swanson with the Hunt Utilities Group in Pine River and Joe Steffel, the Utilities Director with the City of Buffalo, have to say.
- Bob McLean, Quinn Swanson, and Joe Steffel
Hunt Utilities Group | City of Buffalo Utilities Director
Making connections across boundaries
There's no better group tying together the grassroots and policy wonks on energy work in Minnesota, across political and geographic boundaries.
- John Farrell
Senior Researcher | Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Sharing energy concepts and bringing people together
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has found CERTs to be a very valuable effort in promoting energy conservation and renewable energy concepts and in bringing together people who share those values. We appreciate our strong, statewide partnership with all of the CERTs staff.
- Jim Steenerson
Senior Program Officer | Northwest Minnesota Foundation
An important economic role
I believe CERTs is playing an important economic role as our economy shifts into one that is more sustainable.
- Kevin Hein
CEO | KOEH Energy Services, Inc.
A mover and shaker
University of Minnesota Morris understands how important CERTs is in moving our economy to local green jobs.
- Lowell Rasmussen
Associate Vice Chancellor, Physical Plant and Planning | University of Minnesota Morris
Reducing waste and solving local problems
We have received a CERTs grant, and it was critical in assisting our company to develop a business model for converting waste paper into cellulosic ethanol at the Prairieland Solid Waste facility in Truman. Through this business model we have been able to research various methods for getting a project like this financed, potentially saving the county millions of dollars in disposal fees, creating renewable energy from a waste product, and solving a local problem.
- Jayden Grupe
Operations Manager | Easy Energy Systems, Inc.
Exploring renewable energy and economic prosperity
CERTs has been a great partner in helping the HRDC explore how renewable energy can create greater economic and community prosperity in northern Minnesota.
- Ryan Zemek
Development Specialist | Headwaters Regional Development Commission
Involving the public in building a clean energy future
I have been involved with CERTs since its inception and have watched it grow to a mature organization dedicated to coordinating grassroots ideas and efforts to wean this state and country from our fossil fuel addiction. There is no other group of professionals that has done a better job of involving the public in this quest. You are to be commended for your accomplishments and dedication to this cause.
- David Opsahl
Energy Services | Willmar Municipal Utilities
An instrumental connection to green networks
CERTs has been an instrumental part in connecting my organization, The Eclectic Ensemble, with the green community and green events of Minnesota. The Eclectic Ensemble performs an outdoor ambient music series that is solar and bicyle powered. CERTs has been instrumental in making this connection of the arts and technology communities. Thanks to CERTs our first season performing the Music Of The Sun series has been a very sucessful one. We have made important connections that have been a benefit to both The Eclectic Ensemble as well as the organizations we have performed for. Thank you, CERTs!
- Tim Donahue
Composer, Performer | The Eclectic Ensemble


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