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Funds available for energy projects

The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams seek to provide limited financial assistance for energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects requiring technical assistance.

The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams seek to provide limited financial assistance for energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects requiring technical assistance.

Project funding can support technical assistance services (labor costs only, such as for a consultant, design professional, installer or student labor) for projects across the state in all seven Minnesota CERT regions: Central, Metro, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and West Central.

CERTs awarded seed grants to Minnesota projects in 2006-2008, funding nearly 80 projects during that time and providing non-financial assistance to many more. Lists and maps of past CERTs-supported projects can be seen at www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/community-projects/certs-supported .

Each region has a $40,000 pool of funding. Generally teams have funded projects in the $5,000 range, however should a larger project best help a team achieve its goals, that team may consider funding at a level up to $10,000. Each regional team's steering committee will make its own selections and the funding level will vary by region.

Projects approved for funding must be completed by Dec. 30, 2010.

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Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security. Proposals must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

For details, visit www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/community-projects/request-for-proposals .

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