Extension and CERTs foster Midwest energy leadership
The McKnight Foundation awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation $240,000 over two years for Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), a partnership that includes the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. The grants were part of McKnight’s interest in supporting organizations working to foster and support Midwest energy leadership.
The funds will allow CERTs to scale up clean energy deployment across Minnesota, advancing three key efforts:
- Providing targeted technical assistance to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the Twin Cities metro area through the Clean Energy Accelerator (an effort led by CERTs partner Great Plains Institute)
- Working with Minnesota's rural electric cooperatives to support energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for their members
- Advancing local government clean energy projects across Minnesota through technical assistance and education about financing programs