(The Center Square) – Seventy-four energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Minnesota have received seed grants from Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Thursday.
That’s more than double the number from last year, according to the statement. Minnesota lawmakers renewed $140,000 for grant allocations and the department used $120,000 in U.S. Department of Energy funds. The Morgan Family Foundation added $70,000. This is the 11th round of grants. More than $1.6 million has been disbursed for 467 projects since 2006, according to the release.
“Seed grants encourage community projects that help people see clean energy working in their own communities and provide opportunities for communities to learn and experience the benefits of clean energy first-hand,” the statement said.
Projects that received funding this year include energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and electric vehicle charging. Many involve education, awareness and community building.
“These seed grants will advance community initiatives, support local employment and training opportunities, and engage communities in achieving their clean energy goals,” CERT Director Lissa Pawlisch said in the release. .
Trade Commissioner Grace Arnold said the projects will save money, conserve energy, create jobs and increase community resilience.
“This year, seed grants focused on underserved communities received additional funding,” the statement said.
The release said underserved communities include Black, Indigenous, and communities and households of color that spend more than 5% of their annual income on energy costs. The average Minnesota household spends 2% of its annual income on energy, according to the release.
Many projects received $5,000, rewards list showed.
The largest dollar grant, $5,850 from the Department of Commerce, went to the City of St. Louis Park, which wants to hire a consultant to conduct a community engagement research project on barriers to energy efficiency. and rooftop solar projects in natural affordable housing. properties to inform future city programs.
“The project will engage tenants on their experiences with energy load, energy-related repairs, and travel issues,” its description reads. “The project will also engage homeowners to identify specific barriers to participating in energy efficiency, solar energy and affordable housing incentive programs.”
Funding by region:
- Akiing 8th Fire: 8th Fire Crew train and set up at Lower Sioux Indian Housing Authority – Callaway.
- Community Grassroots Solutions: Clean Energy Careers for the Somali Community of St. Cloud – St. Cloud.
- Creator’s Place: Energy efficiency for Creator’s Place Bam’idizowigamig – Pine Point.
- Hempax: solar micro-grid test site – Ponsford.
- Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: Electric Vehicle Transition Project – Cass Lake.
- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Department of Natural Resources: Electric vehicle charging station – Onamia.
- Ogema Organics: Climate-smart technologies for a prepared future on Terre Blanche – Callaway.
- Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic School: Double-door vestibule – Long Prairie.
- Unidos MN Education Fund: Energy Justice Pueblitos – St. Cloud.
- All Parks Alliance For Change: Manufactured Home Improvement Partnership Program – Saint Paul.
- Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: Solar Initiative – Minneapolis.
- Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED): Energy Education – Hennepin County.
- City of Bloomington: Energy Resource Workshops – Bloomington.
- Town of Maplewood: Clean Energy for All – Maplewood.
- St. Louis City Park: Engaging NOAH Landlords and Tenants for Resilience – St. Louis Park.
- Clark Grace United Church of Christ: UCC Energy Awareness – South St. Paul.
- Iby’s LLC: Lake Street Light – Minneapolis.
- Just B Solar Co: Introduction to Solar 101 – Minneapolis.
- Minneapolis Climate Action: Art and Climate Change: Building Partners in Community Solar Gardens – Minneapolis.
- Northcountry Cooperative Foundation: Energy Efficiency Improvements in Manufactured Homes – Anoka and Chisago Counties.
- Unidos MN Education Fund: Energy Justice Pueblitos – Minneapolis.
- 40 Acres Cooperative: Solar Powered Hoop Houses for Crop Protection – Rutledge.
- East Central ISD #2580: Eagles soar with solar – Finlayson.
- East Range Academy of Science and Technology: 40 kW school solar panel – Mountain Iron.
- Ecolibrium3: Lincoln Park – Duluth Resilience Center Resilient Energy Design Project.
- Ecolibrium3: One Block — Developing Data for Climate Resilience and Environmental Justice – Duluth.
- Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: Sustainable Living Circuits – Cloquet.
- Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: Clean Energy Initiative – Grand Portage.
- Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: LED Log Project – Grand Portage.
- Healthy Covenants Matter to All, St. Mark AME Church: Charcoal Coolers at Donor Garden – Duluth.
- Kanabec County Agricultural Society: Light the Ground – Mora.
- Prototypical LLC: project to adapt the Ten K solar micro-inverter – Finland.
- Regency Park Mobile Homes: Mora Energy Efficiency Awareness – Mora.
- Aaron’s Grocery: Cooler Replacement – Fertile.
- City of Halstad: Insulation of Wimmer – Halstad houses.
- Town of Middle River: Legacy Center Energy Efficiency Project – Middle River.
- City of Warren: Clean Energy Independence; design plan template for community regeneration – Warren.
- Halstad Municipal Utilities: Charging station for electric vehicles – Halstad.
- Headwaters Music and Arts: Creating Light and Warmth with Music and Art – Bemidji.
- Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity: ReStore HVAC Update – Moorhead.
- Marshall County: Electric Vehicle Charger – Warren.
- New Americans Integration Center: Building Energy Efficiency Assessment and Open House – East Grand Forks.
- Northcountry Cooperative Foundation: Improving the energy efficiency of manufactured homes – Moorhead.
- Red Lake Charter School: Solar for Red Lake Charter School (Endazhi-Nitaawiging) – Red Lake.
- White Earth Economic Development: Naytahwaush Boxing Gym – White Earth.
- White Earth Land Reclamation Project: Solar Feasibility and Building Energy Assessment – Callaway.
- Channel One Regional Food Bank: Food Bank Lighting Renovation – Rochester.
- City of Houston: Community Electric Vehicle Charging Station – Houston.
- Growing up healthy: clean energy resources in Spanish – Northfield.
- Healthy Community/Growing Up Healthy Initiative: It takes a community to boost energy efficiency – Faribault.
- Hillcrest Community Co-op: Community Building Renovation – Clarks Grove.
- Hometown Resource Center: Facility Efficiency Updates – St. Charles.
- Northcountry Cooperative Foundation: Energy Efficiency Improvements in Manufactured Homes – Southeast Minnesota.
- Precipitates and Northfield Community Action Center: Energetic Engagement with the Hillcrest Community – Northfield.
- FINE project: Raising awareness of energy efficiency among refugee and immigrant populations – Winona.
- FINE project: Understanding your energy bill – Winona.
- Regency Park Mobile Homes: Eagle Lake Energy Efficiency Awareness – Eagle Lake.
- Rethos: Places reimagined: old house energy efficiency classes – Winona.
- Semcac: Collaboration for interpreting services for energy programs – Southeast MN.
- Town of Jackson: local bike, local store; developing a cycling incentive program – Jackson.
- Lower Sioux Indian Housing Authority: Akiing 8th Fire Crew train and set up at Lower Sioux Indian Housing Authority – Morton.
- Northcountry Cooperative Foundation: Energy Efficiency Improvement of Manufactured Homes – Southwest MN.
- Shetek Lutheran Ministries: Clean Energy Education Programs – Slayton.
- South Central Electric Association: Electric Vehicle Education – Windom.
- Unidos MN Education Fund: Energy Justice Pueblitos – Worthington.
- Akiing 8th Fire: 8th Fire Crew trains and settles at Lower Sioux Indian Housing Authority – Morton.
- Town of Morris: Energy Experience Trail – Morris.
- City of Willmar: Willmar GreenStep reboot – Willmar.
- Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches: MN Venture Farms Cold Climate Solar Greenhouse – Benson and Paynesville.
- Gustavus Adolphus College: Promoting clean energy and energy efficiency in diverse communities – St. Peter.
- Paynesville Area High School: Performing Arts Center Lighting Upgrade – Paynesville.
- Regional Fitness Center: Growing support for e-bikes in Stevens County – Morris.
- University of Minnesota Morris: Cross-Cultural Sustainability Leaders in Energy – Morris.
- Willmar Municipal Utilities: Regency Park Energy Efficiency Awareness – Willmar.