2018 CERTs Conference | Mar. 28-29 | St. Cloud



Over 500 Minnesotans attended the seventh statewide CERTs Conference, connecting to build a clean energy future in their communities!

March 28-29 were two truly energizing days in St. Cloud, MN for the 2018 CERTs Conference. Communities, organizations, and individuals showed up to figure out how they can get projects done, save money, and be part of Minnesota’s fastest growing jobs sector.

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2018 CERTs Conference


Conference presentations available for download

The 2018 CERTs Conference featured 80 speakers who shared their experience and expertise. Their presentations are now available so you can see what you missed or review something that you found really interesting and useful. See presentations >>

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Communities honored for clean energy efforts

Seven Minnesota communities are recipients of the 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards from Minnesota Department of Commerce. This year’s awards, given out March 28th at the CERTs Conference, honor clean energy initiatives in the Town of Crystal Bay, City of Edina, Hennepin County, Minnesota State University Mankato, City of Red Wing, City of Warren, and Sustain Winona. Learn more >>

Clean Energy Community Award winners

Photo booth fun!

There was a fun green screen photo booth at the 2018 CERTs Conference featuring clean energy locations across Minnesota, from solar farms to the tippy top of a large wind turbine. Check out all of the photos >>
Photo booth pictures at 2018 CERTs Conference

What did people think about the conference?

We felt like the conference went well, but it’s always nice to get some honest feedback. Here’s what attendees had to say about it:

  • 98% of respondents (254) thought the conference was good or excellent
  • 98% felt that the new clean energy documentary was good or excellent
  • The Exhibit Hall was wildly popular with 93% rating it good or excellent
  • 85% of respondents thought the Lightning Talks were good or excellent
  • 82% definitely want to attend the 2020 CERTs conference, but hopefully we’ll see you before then!
  • Networking, breakouts, exhibits, and conversations were really valuable. Here’s a word cloud showing what people wrote when asked about the most valuable part of the CERTs Conference:

What part of the CERTs Conference was most valuable to you?

Thanks to our amazing Planning Committee!


Thank you to 2018 Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor

OATI and USA Microgrids

Clean Energy Resource Sponsors

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Platinum Sponsors

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency American Lung Association in Minnesota
Great River Energy Otter Tail Power Company
Minnesota High Tech Association and SciTechsperience Werner Electric Supply

Gold Sponsors

Center for Energy and Environment Xcel Energy CenterPoint Energy Innovative Power Systems
Green Energy Products, LLC Minnesota Energy Resources Energy Insight Franklin Energy
Great Plains Institute Minnesota Native Landscapes HUG & HDT  

Silver Sponsors

The Weidt Group Michaels Energy Rural Renewable Energy Alliance West Central Research and Outreach Center
All Energy Solar Clean Energy Economy Minnesota Ever-Green Energy paleBLUEdot LLC
Missouri River Energy Services Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association Minnesota Farmers Union MinnPACE a Division of the Saint Paul Port Authority
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute Central Lakes College Ag & Energy Center WoodMaster Kingsway Marketing
Zenergy from WCTA SolarWall - Conserval Systems Blattner Energy, Inc. ZEF Energy
Juhl Energy, Inc. Minnesota Power US Solar 75F
AMERESCO Green Light Recycling Prairie Restortations University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment

Media Partner

Midwest Energy News


Who will you meet in the Exhibit Hall?

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
All Energy Solar
American Lung Association in Minnesota
Apex Efficiency Solutions, SBC
Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) Midwest Chapter
Center for Energy and Environment
CenterPoint Energy
Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota
City of St. Cloud
Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM)
Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
Cool Choices
Energy Insight Inc.
Energy Releaf
Franklin Energy
Great Plains Institute
Green Energy Products
Green Lights Recycling
Innovative Power Systems
KidWind & REcharge Labs
Kingsway Marketing
Malina Solar Structures
Michaels Energy
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Minnesota Energy Resources
Minnesota Farmers Union
Minnesota Native Landscapes
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Minnesota State University Mankato
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
MinnPACE a Division of the Saint Paul Port Authority
Missouri River Energy Services
NeonLink LLC
North Central SARE
OATI & USA Microgrids
Otter Tail Power Company
paleBLUEdot llc
Prairie Restorations, Inc.
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center & Youth Energy Summit (YES!)
RetroGreen Energy
RREAL & Real Solar
SciTechsperience Internship Program at MHTA
Sierra Club North Star Chapter
SmartFlower of Minnesota & Lighting of Minnesota
SolarWall – Conserval Systems
The Weidt Group
University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP)
US Solar
Werner Electric
West Central Research and Outreach Center
Xcel Energy
ZEF Energy


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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission