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By Diana McKeown    February 22nd, 2018
The city of Minneapolis has launched a new solar incentive for small businesses that will match up to $0.25 per kWh match for the first year of solar production estimate AND will match $0.35 per kWh in recognized Environmental Justice areas or Green Zones of Minneapolis. The project must be installed before they will pay out the incentive so they can get an accurate assumption of production. Patrick Hanlon, Director of Environmental Programs for the City of Minneapolis, said “In Minneapolis we know the threats of climate change are real, as is the pollution associated with our energy... Continue reading
By Lissa Pawlisch    February 1st, 2018
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are excited to announce 39 Seed Grant awards to organizations in our seven regions! Each region awarded around $20,000, catalyzing energy efficiency and renewable energy across the state. CERTs has awarded more than $1 million to over 300 projects since 2006. Continue reading to explore a map of projects and see details about each of the grants. To learn more about past funded projects, visit our CERTs Seed Grants page. Download a PDF with all projects Announcing MNCERTs</a> 2018 Seed Grant recipients! 39 <a href=" Continue reading
By Diana McKeown    January 25th, 2018
The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) has committed to purchasing 100 percent of the renewable power output from the Buffalo Solar facility. The 7 Megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar facility, located in the Agency’s member community of Buffalo, Minn., has entered commercial operation and is now providing power to local homes and businesses. Joseph Steffel, Utilities Director for Buffalo Municipal Utilities said, “We are excited to have this renewable power generation asset in our community.” The Buffalo Solar facility, comprised of more than 25,000 solar panels, connects directly... Continue reading
By Diana McKeown    January 24th, 2018
Metro CERT Director Diana McKeown with the Great Plains Institute took a moment to interview Ellen Anderson, Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab, about an important new project to help communities reach and measure progress toward their energy and emissions goals.   What does LoGoPEP stand for, and what is the goal of the project?   Ellen Anderson: Local Government Project for Energy Planning (LoGoPEP). The project builds upon existing efforts to engage local governments in committing to actionable strategies for energy and greenhouse... Continue reading
By Laura Hannah    January 24th, 2018
This blog is being re-posted with permission from the original by Laura Hannah at Fresh Energy. It’s here! The highly anticipated second iteration of Xcel Energy’s hosting capacity analysis has been published. The tool provides public transparency into the results of 1,047 feeder models analyzing the ability of the grid to host distributed energy resources (like a community solar garden) without adversely impacting power quality or reliability. This user-friendly tool tells us where new energy systems can be connect to the grid most efficiently. A (much) better mouse trap: This year’s... Continue reading
By Dan Thiede    January 22nd, 2018
For the last two years the Clean Energy Resource Teams have hosted a Solar Video Contest at the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association’s Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference. We’ve been blown away by the creative, powerful, funny, and informative submission we get, and this year was no different! Keep reading to see who won this time around and watch their videos.   First Place Video: “The Generation for Solar” by Edina Project Earth Edina High School’s Project Earth environmental club made this video to show that the next generation supports an... Continue reading

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