Ground Source Heating & Cooling Technology Resources



This page starts out by showing you the most recent content from across the CERTs website. Jump to detailed resources.

Ground source heat pumps (commonly called geothermal) can offer efficient solutions to heating and cooling buildings by tapping the relatively constant temperature of the earth a few feet underground.

Ground Source Heating & Cooling Blog Posts

Photos from the 2018 CERTs Conference
Lissa Pawlisch
Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:54pm
Over 500 Minnesotans attended the seventh statewide CERTs Conference, connecting to build a clean energy future in their communities! March 28-29...
Seven communities won 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards
MN Dept. of Commerce
Tue, 04/03/2018 - 2:15pm
Seven Minnesota communities are recipients of the 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the...
CERTs Seed Grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:55pm
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are excited to announce 39 Seed Grant awards to organizations in our seven regions! Each region awarded around $20,...

Ground Source Heating & Cooling Case Studies

Finland, a small town in Northeastern Minnesota, wanted a new space for community members to gather, teach, learn, and hold meetings for their...
Concordia Language Villages (CLV) is widely known for providing students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different language and...
As residents of the Midwest know, the growing season is painfully short. When it’s twenty below, what else can you do besides go to the supermarket...
Ground Source Heating & Cooling

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Detailed Ground Source Heating & Cooling Resources

Minnesota Geothermal Heat Pump Association
The Minnesota Geothermal Heat Pump Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to further advancing the geothermal heat pump technology in the state of MN. The organization is comprised of many industry professionals from contractors, engineers & designers, well drilling contractors, loop field contractors, heat pump manufacturers & distributors, electric utilities, and associates to the industry.

Energy Star – Heat Pumps and Geothermal
List of the most efficient ground source heat pump systems and efficiency performance criteria.

Energy Star – Quality Installation Checklist
This checklist may be useful when soliciting bids from contractors to help ensure that your system is properly installed.

Energy Star – Ten Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor
Things to look for when selecting an installer.

Geothermal Heat Pump Overview
A general website, with links to information on different system types and resources for selecting installers, from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Geothermal Heat Pumps for Homeowners
General information on Ground-Source Heat Pump systems from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGHSPA)
List of IGSHPA accredited installers in Minnesota and other ground source heat pump information resources.

Licensed or Registered Well Contractor Directory
Ground Source Heat Pumps that use vertical wells must be installed by a contractor who is licensed and bonded by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). You must also obtain a permit from MDH before starting the work.

North American Technical Excellence
Search by zip code for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors in your area who employ technicians who have been certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE).

Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems
This Minnesota Department of Health site gives an overview of the different types of ground source heat pump designs including those with the potential for adverse environmental impacts. Descriptions and references to state requirements for vertical bore ground source heat pump systems are also included.

What should I know about installing a geothermal system?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources requirements for installing “pump and dump” and pond-loop systems (see document for more information on these system types).

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