Projects in Halstad, Fertile, and White Earth Receive CERTs 2022 Seed Grants for Clean Energy Efforts
Minnesota — Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) awarded Seed Grants to 74 innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects – over twice as many as last year – in communities from Warren to Winona, Morton to Mountain Iron, Long Prairie to Lindstrom. The communities are funded for a wide range of energy projects, from improving buildings for energy efficiency to job skills training for careers in clean energy.
This year, Seed Grants with a focus on underserved communities received additional funding. Underserved communities encompass a range of populations, such as BIPOC communities and households with high energy burdens, where they spend more than 5% of their annual income on energy costs, compared to 2% for the average Minnesota household.
Seed Grants encourage community-driven projects that help people see clean energy working in their own communities and provide communities with opportunities to tangibly learn about and experience the benefits of clean energy. The 74 funded projects span a broad range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies along with electric vehicle charging. Many projects also include components of education, outreach and community building.
Some of the projects from included from our region include:
Aaron’s Grocery: Cooler replacement — Fertile, Minn.
City of Halstad: Wimmer homes insulation — Halstad, Minn.
Halstad Municipal Utilities: Electric vehicle charging station — Halstad, Minn.
Red Lake Charter School: Solar for Red Lake Charter School (Endazhi-Nitaawiging) — Red Lake, Minn.
White Earth Economic Development: Naytahwaush boxing gym — White Earth, Minn.
White Earth Land Recovery Project: Solar feasibility and building energy assessment — Callaway, Minn.
These awards mark the 11th round of CERTs Seed Grants, totaling over $1.6 million to 467 projects since 2006.