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Seed grant funding available for Minnesota Clean Energy projects

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

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, CERTs 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 may be read at CERTs offers many tools and resources to help plan a project. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 6.

For more information, go online to

Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota

Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.