Timothy DenHerder-Thomas with Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) joined Rise Up Partner, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) out of Minnesota, to talk about his journey working on climate and clean energy issues, and his organization’s vision and approach to community-scale solar energy. He offered an overview of Minnesota’s leading community solar garden program and how CEF is working with residents and communities to address energy burden and strengthen participation in the energy system. 

Listen to the discussion or follow along by reading the transcript, and be sure to explore the CERTs resources on community solar in Minnesota.

“We’re using community solar as a pathway towards having an energy future where people are working together.”


Explore the CERTs Community Solar Garden Resources: 

Community solar gardens present an opportunity for Minnesotans to benefit from solar energy without installing panels, and in most cases without requiring an up-front investment. But it’s not always simple! This major update to our community solar guidance provides step-by-step information for those curious or ready to subscribe.

The CERTs mission is to connect individuals & communities in Minnesota to the resources they need to identify & implement community-based clean energy projects. Learn more about CERTs. 

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