CERTs 2015 Conference | Mar. 10-11 | St. Cloud

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Over 500 people attended the CERTs 2015 Conference!

The event was an exploration and celebration of successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Now these amazing people have returned to their communities with the resources and connections they need to take action—how great is that?


In the news: See stories in St. Cloud Times and on KNSI Radio.

You can also check out our Press Release.


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Photos from the CERTs 2015 Conference


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Goals of CERTs 2015 Conference


1. Cross-pollinate: Connect people and projects across regions and sectors

2. Percolate: Help surface new ideas to build Minnesota’s clean energy future

3. Engage networks: Governments, schools, organizations, utilities & more

4. Tip the scale: Attract new people and drive attendees to take action


CERTs 2015 Conference Planning Committee

  • Lisa Barajas, Metropolitan Council
  • Rick Condon, MN Interfaith Power and Light, Wells Fargo
  • Heather Corcoran, League of Minnesota Cities
  • Timothy DenHerder Thomas, Cooperative Energy Futures
  • Jon Fabre, Otter Tail Power Company
  • Roger Garton, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
  • Linda Kingery, UofM NW Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Diana Kuklinski, MnTAP
  • Nan Larson, Agricultural Utilization and Research Institute
  • Andrea Lauer, City of Royalton
  • Annie Levenson-Falk, Legislative Energy Commission
  • Chris Meyer, Board, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
  • Ron Omann, USDA Rural Energy for America Program
  • John Paulson, City of Hutchinson
  • Yvonne Pfeifer, Xcel Energy
  • Scott Randall, Apex Solar
  • Julie Rath, Redwood Area Development Corporation
  • Jodi Slick, Ecolibrium3
  • Quinn Swanson, Happy Dancing Turtle, Hunt Utilities Group
  • Paul Twite, Delano Municipal Utility
  • Terry Webster, MN Dept. of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources

Thank you to our CERTs 2015 Conference Sponsors:


Presenting Sponsor

University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Clean Energy Resource Sponsor

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources

Platinum Sponsors

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Werner Electric Supply

Gold Sponsors

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Xcel Energy American Lung Association in Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment
Green Energy Products, LLC CenterPoint Energy Great River Energy Innovative Power Systems
USDA Rural Development Franklin Energy Michaels Energy Otter Tail Power Company
Central Lakes College Ag & Energy Center      

Silver Sponsors

The Weidt Group Apex Efficiency Solutions, Inc Saint Paul Port Authority Silicon Energy
tenKsolar Rural Renewable Energy Alliance SolarWall - Conserval Systems 360 Energy Group
WoodMaster Zinniel Electric Co ZEF Energy MN Community Solar
West Central Research and Outreach Center NCR-SARE Windustry SunShare
Juhl Energy, Inc. Ever-Green Energy Southwest Initiative Foundation Dragonfly Solar
Minnesota Power Minnesota Energy Resources Minnesota GreenStep Cities HUG & HDT

Media Partner

Midwest Energy News


Thank you to our CERTs 2015 Conference Exhibitors:

360 Energy Group
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Alliance for Sustainability
American Lung Association in Minnesota
Apex Efficiency Solutions, Inc.
BIOFerm Energy Systems
Center for Energy and Environment
CenterPoint Energy
Central Lakes College Ag & Energy Center
Clean Energy Resource Teams
ConEdison Solutions
Cool Planet
Crescent Electric Supply
Dragonfly Solar
Franklin Energy
Gone2Green Wind & Solar Energy and Bergey Wind Power
Green Energy Products
Hubbell Lighting
Innovative Power Systems
JKG Fuel Solutions
Juhl Energy. Inc.
Lighten Up, LLC
Michaels Energy
Midwest Energy News
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Minnesota Army National Guard
Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources
Minnesota Energy Resources
Minnesota GreenStep Cities
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
MN Community Solar
North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
PALS, INC and Energyficient Lighting Systems
Prairie Woods ELC & Youth Energy Summit
Redwood Area Development Corporation
RetroGreen Energy
Royalton High School YES! Team
Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
Silicon Energy
Sioux Empire Lighting, Inc.
SolarWall – Conserval Systems
Southwest Regional Development Commission and RMEB PACE
Stearns Bank
The Weidt Group
UE Systems
University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships & Extension
USDA Rural Development
Werner Electric Supply
West Central Research and Outreach Center
Will Steger Foundation
Windtech, Inc. & EES Holdings
WoodMaster & Northwest Manufacturing, Inc.
Xcel Energy
ZEF Energy
Zinniel Electric Co

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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