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Clean energy grants available for the region

SAINT PAUL -- The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams are looking to provide financial help for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects requiring technical assistance in the region.

CERTs has helped fund energy efficiency projects in Milan and New London, solar thermal projects in Morris, Spicer and St. Peter, and Youth Energy Summit high school teams across the region.

The funds are aimed at encouraging the implementation of community-based clean energy projects, and to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, according to Lissa Pawlish, statewide coordinator for CERTs.

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.

Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

For more information, visit www.cleanenergy