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Grants available for clean energy projects

WORTHINGTON — The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) seek to provide seed grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota.

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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 $790,000 to over 189 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.”

Proposals must be submitted by 4 p.m. Oct. 18. To learn more and apply, visit http://rfp.mncerts.org. Past projects can be seen at http://projects.mncerts.org.

Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.

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