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Welcome!
Metro CERT Annual Event
May 24, 2023
Why Shoreview?
Long time collaborator
• Beat Betty – 2008
• Steering Committee
• EV Project Partners:
Cummins & City of
Shoreview
• CERTs Overview & CERT-O
Project Spotlight: Advancing Small Business Solar Energy
• Seed Grant Lightning Round
• IRA Clean Energy Incentives
• Small group discussions
• Networking
• Appetizers
• Cash bar
• Games on the deck
• 20th Anniversary Cake
Agenda
Housekeeping
1. Agenda on table
2. Tweet with us! #MetroCERT
3. Play CERT-O and win some
CERTs swag!
4. Get signed into the WiFi and
the mentimeter
5. Zero Waste/Composting
6. Selfie Time?
1. Listen for the words on your card during the entire
program. Mark them off!
2. Please DO NOT yell CERT-O when you get it while
the program is happening.
3. Once networking begins, bring your winner cards to
the CERTs resource table in the front.
4. CERT-O includes completed row, column, or
diagonal, four corners and postage stamp. The
CERTs logo is a FREE space!
5. Feel free to snap a pic of you and your card and
tweet it at us with #MetroCERT #CERT-O
Postage stamp example –
only need one corner
YAY! We did it!
Secured an additional $500,000
annually to support the statewide
CERTs Partnership!
Staffing capacity, specifically
an increase for Greater Minnesota
Polling Time!
Tell us about
yourselves!
Go to www.menti.com and enter: 8682 0869
Helping Minnesotans build clean energy
MISSION
We connect
individuals and their
communities to the
resources they need
to identify and
implement
community-based
clean energy projects
What is CERTs all about?
CONNECT TO RESOURCES
Ideas, inspiration, stories,
people, information,
tools, funding, and more!
COMMUNITY-BASED
Empowering community-
determined conservation,
efficiency, and renewables
CERTs Vision
We envision a
future in which
clean energy
solutions
permeate our
state.
Making an impact
AWARDED over $1.6 million
in Seed Grants to 467 energy
projects since 2006.
IMPACTED 972,016 people
through grants, events, and
programs since 2009.
HELPED Minnesotans save
nearly 582 billion BTUs of
energy and avoid $7.3 million
in energy costs since 2010.
Clean Energy Resource Teams:
the Partnership
CERTs is a Statewide Partnership
Great Plains Institute (GPI)
Transforming the energy system
to benefit the economy and
environment.
26 -year non-profit based in Mpls
with roots across many, states
Transforming the energy system
to benefit the economy and
environment.
We combine our unique
consensus-building approach
with expert knowledge, research
and analysis, and local action.
CERTs Regional Leadership
Jason Walker
SouthwestCERT
SRDC
Jacob Selseth
West Central
CERT
Diana McKeown
Metro CERT
Great Plains Inst.
Shannon Stassen
NorthwestCERT
HRDC
MelissaBirch
Central CERT
Chris Meyer
SoutheastCERT
Coby Abasz
NortheastCERT
Tess Dornfeld
SoutheastCERT
Metro CERT Region
Staff Team
Staff Transition
• After 20 years, Lissa
Pawlisch takes new role at
Department of Commerce
• Interim statewide co-
directors, leaning into strong
partnership
• GreenCorps Member Abby
Hornberger left in August
• Metro CERT Staffing, Kris
Acuña left in December after
4 ½ years supporting CERTs
Steering Committee!
• MarisaBayer, Center for Energy and Environment
• Didier Bolanos Gonzalez, Hennepin County
• Carmen Carruthers, Citizens Utility Board
• Scott Firman, International Society of Sustainability
Professionals
• Emma Ingebretsen, CenterPoint Energy
• Annette Kuyper, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric
Association
• Mari Ojeda, Fresh Energy
• Annie Pottorff, City of St. Louis Park
• Bill Sierks, Retired Environmental Manager & Attorney
• Erin Smith, City of Carver
• SofiaTroutman, Xcel Energy
• Kerry Wang, Nextera Analytics
• Billy Weber, University of Minnesota
• Eric Wojchik, Metropolitan Council
• Say Yang, Student
What does CERTs do?
• Meet people where they are
• Connect people to tools,
guides, & templates
• Provide direct technical
assistance
• Convene peer networks &
workshops for shared
learning
• Provide seed funding
• Document stories
Inflation Reduction Act: ResidentEnergy Resources
Past Year: What did we do?
Coming Year: What will we do?
RESOURCES
Catalyzing Projects With CERTs Seed Grants
• Awarded over $1.6M to
467 projects since 2006
• Recent round: 137 apps
for $719,000; awarded 74
• $30,000/region
• Project funding pays for
labor costs, minor
materials and supplies
• Must have a community
component
Tools and Guides
Home Energy Guides
• Single Family Homes
• Manufacturedhomes
• Renters
• Landlords
• Multiple languages
Air Source Heat Pump Resources
Heat pump advice:
FEBRUARY 2023
PROPANE HEAT + DUAL
FUEL ELECTRIC RATES
PRESENTATIONS
Presentations
• Advancing Small
Business Solar Equity
• Seed Grant Lightning
Round
• IRA Presentation
Advancing Small
Business Solar Equity
Earlsworth "Baba" Letang
Director of Community Engagement
Neighborhood Development Center
Advancing
Small Business
Solar Equity
Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN)
Lake Street - West Broadway - University Avenue
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
Stacy Miller
City of Minneapolis
Diana McKeown
Great Plains Institute
Kris Acuna
Great Plains Institute
Billy Weber
William Weber Consulting
Kurt Schultz
City of Saint Paul
Callie Walsh
Xcel Energy
Advancing Small Business Solar Equity
Team
Matt Kazinka
Lake Street Council
Baba Letting
Neighborhood DevelopmentCenter
TerryAustin
Northside Economic OpportunityNetwork
Kelly Muellman
City of Minneapolis
Aaron Backs
Baba Letang
Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Team
Project Funding & Program
Support
Project Stakeholder Team
WELCOME
!
WELCOME
NDC Solar Energy
Partnership
Four Pillars - One Model
NDC has developed four integrated programs that
have become the pillars to activating entrepreneurs
and revitalizing low-income neighborhoods
Training Lending Business
Services
Incubator
Spaces
Vision & Project Principles
Vision
We envision a future in which BIPOC- and immigrant-owned small businesses in the
Twin Cities are leaders in solar adoption. One in which economic development
agencies can accurately demonstrate the potential of clean energy, in order to
contribute to equitable wealth generation in communities deeply impacted by
systemic racism.
Principles
• Building partnerships
• Building trust
• Practicing transparency
• Building wealth
• Understanding risk
• Respectful language
Abe Demmaj, G & L Furniture
“
Increase solar adoption and resilience of
BIPOC small businesses, and build
capacity and leadership in the community
to sustain ongoing action.
Project Goal
Objectives
• Collaboratively develop a scalable model(s) for underserved small
businesses with a priority on BIPOC and immigrant owned businesses
in the Lake Street, West Broadway and University Midway corridors to
adopt solar based on a deep assessment of business needs, barriers,
and preferences
• Ensure that proposed business model(s) support the continued
success of small businesses in underserved communities, and build
community wealth
• Provide education and ongoing support to small businesses on the
opportunities and risks involved with installing solar, including
available incentives and potential economic benefits
• Share lessons learned with regulators, solar installers, program
managers, etc. to ensure that appropriate changes are made to
existing regulations, programs, and business offerings
Abe Demmaj, G & L Furniture
Our
Corridors
SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
University Avenue,
Midway Saint Paul
NDC
West Broadway,
North Minneapolis
NEON
Lake Street,
South Minneapolis
Lake Street
Council
Great Plains
Institute
“
How might we address barriers to solar
program adoption by BIPOC-owned
businesses in corridors impacted by
systemic racism and civil unrest to
increase installation of solar and solar
plus storage?
Design Challenge
Fundamentals of Human Centered Design
1. Focus on the people
2. Find the right problem to solve
3. Think of everything as a system
4. Iterate on solutions
User versus Human Centered Design
User-centered design can make people sound like a component in a system,
dehumanizing the design process.
Human-centered design focuses on a user’s emotions and feelings as they
interact with a product, and this helps bring empathy to the product design
process.
What did we
hear?
SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
What information about solar is
most important for businesses
to know?
SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
"Show me the money.
Actually, show me the money."
What does the
small business
decision-making
process look like?
SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
"When we find someone we trust, we stick with them."
What assets can we draw
on in our communities to
make equitable solar
happen?
SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
“They ask, ‘why don’t you get out of that neighborhood?’
We answer, ‘we wouldn’t exist elsewhere.’"
Program Model
Solar Hub Network – Community-Based Solar
Resources Providers
Primary Functions:
• Existing Community-Based Organizations will embed
resources, education and technical assistance for small
businesses on rooftop solar
• The Network will link participating Hubs across the city,
both facilitating information and resource sharing across
the network, and creating a culture of solar and energy
efficiency in BIPOC and immigrant business corridors
Looking
Forward:
Next Steps
SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
Future Agenda
Near-term activities:
• Help CDFI partners explore green lending
• Support NDC to explore energy efficiency programming
• Support NEON to add solar to new building
• Continue building out model pieces
• Ground testing with businesses on Lake Street
Long-term activities:
• Build on program design model to incorporate energy
efficiency and electrification alongside solar
• Implementation of programs on the ground
• Invite in new community partners to work in additional
areas and with additional businesses,pending funding
Thank you!
Earlsworth ‘Baba’ Letang
Director of Community Engagement
Neighborhood Development Center
ELetang@NDC-MN.Org
612-644-1968
FirstLast
Organization
FirstLast
Organization
FirstLast
Organization
FirstLast
Organization
PANELDISCUSSION
Seed Grant Lightning Round
KeithDent
Just B Solar
KyleSamejima&
ElijahEasley
Minneapolis
Climate Action
DaveAnderson
All Parks Alliance
for Change
KevinWalker
Beacon Interfaith
Housing Collabor
ative
Manufactured Home
Repair and Replacement
DAVE ANDERSON, ALL PARKS ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE
2023 METRO CERT ANNUAL EVENT
MAY 24, 2023
What was the goal of your project?
 Residents of manufacturedhome park communities are both renters
and home owners. Over 180,000 residents live in 900 parks and 80%
are low- to very-low income.
 In 1976, Congress created a uniform federal constructioncode for
manufacturedhomes (the “HUD Code”) to standardize and improve
design and construction. However, home loans are often either
unavailable or "high cost" (9-10% interest rates with 7-18 year loan
terms), and so 33% of residents buy cheaper, older homes for cash. As
a result, some residents are “cost burdened” based just on utility costs.
 We encouraged residents, park owners, and cities to work with
MinnesotaHousing to use the state’s home rehab program to either
improveor replace their homes with new energy-efficient designs.
What did you learn?
 Through an outreach and awareness plan, we explainedthe
program's benefits, eligibility,application process, and uses to
residents and partner organizations through community meetings
and group presentations.
 Our park community outreach was focusedon home owners
rather than park owners. We left information at residents’homes
and held 13 community meetings;approximately 450 attended.
 Our outreach to cities focusedon the 51 cities in the Twin Cities
metro area with manufactured home park communities.We had
meetings with 14 cities and four had or were interestedin formal
partnership with Minnesota Housing
Anything surprising or unexpected? *
 Minnesota Housing’s home rehab programs were already open to
manufactured home owners, but, in 2021, we pushed significant
changes including making home replacement an eligible use
(covering the cost of purchase, moving, removal of the previous
home, etc.) and the changes went into effect January 2022.
 Not everything went as expected:
❑ Going into Spring 2022, the Agency was still accepting feedback, finalizing
procedures, and providing input on outreach materials.
❑ We discovered past use of Minnesota Housing’s rehab loans by
manufactured home owners varied greatly based on region and race.
❑ We discovered a significant gap between those needing assistance and
those meeting the income guidelines.
❑ We concluded that meaningful use of the program was going to take
additional time and changes to the program's eligibility guidelines.
Are you planning to build on this work
in the future?
 We regularly use the materials and presentations we
developedas part of this project. We includedthe
information in a series of presentations we made about
the HomeHelpMN program.
 We share information with other housing organizations
through meetings,presentations, newsletters, email,and
social media.
 We will push for changes to Minnesota Housing’s program
eligibility guidelines in order to better meet the high level
of manufacturedhome owner interest and need.
Thank you!
All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC)
Dave Anderson, Executive Director
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 644-5525
dave@allparksallianceforchange.org
Facebook: All Parks Alliancefor Change
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Rooftop Solar Initiative
Kevin Walker | Vice President, Housing Development
May 12, 2023
www.beaconinterfaith.org
www.beaconinterfaith.org
Goals
1. Deliver greater economic security to residents
✓ Save residents at least $240K over next 25 years
2. Increase operating efficiency for Beacon
✓ Save Beacon at least $132K over next 25 years
3. Reduce carbon footprint
✓ 4,263 trees’ worth of reduced carbon footprint
www.beaconinterfaith.org
www.beaconinterfaith.org
Lessons
1. Planning matters
2. Partnership makes possible
3. Residents respond to opportunities like this
www.beaconinterfaith.org
Just B Solar
Vongphet"Noy" Koumalasy
& Keith Dent
Program Director & President
Just B Solar
Art and Climate Change
Creating Partners in Community Solar Gardens
Minneapolis, MN
A collaboration with Minneapolis Climate Action
and artists Elijah Easley, Isavela Lopez and Brandyn
Tulloch
This project will create an arts-based, outreach
guide designed to educate community
stakeholders and historicallyunderrepresented
communitieson the benefits of CommunitySolar
Gardens (CSGs).
Minneapolis Climate Action will collaborate with
Elijah Easley, Isavela Lopez and Brandyn
Tulloch and other artists to:
● Create a visual guide to deepen
awareness on climatechange,
environmental justice
and communitycreated solutions
● Engage new voices
● Build trust
● Open hearts
● Bring the benefits of energy democracy
and CSGs to underserved neighborhoods.
Elijah
Easley
Brandyn
Tulloch
Isavel
Inflation Reduction Act: Clean
Energy Incentives
Lissa Pawlisch
Energy Development Section Director
Department of Commerce
Metro CERT Annual Event
May 24, 2023
Lissa Pawlisch, Energy Development Section Director,
Division of Energy Resources
mn.gov/commerce
4/22/2023 77
8/15/2023 78
Until Mid-March, I worked for CERTs
We promote clean, reliable, and affordable energy & telecom for MN
Division of Energy Resources
79
Affordability
•Protect & assist income-
constrainedhouseholds
through energy& telec.
programs
Energy Development
•Provide programs,technical
assistance, environmental
review, and fundingfor
informed/sound clean energy
development
Reliability
•Coordinate system reliability
planning,riskmonitoringand
response
Analysis & Advocacy
•Provide analysis & advocacyfor
regulated energy&
telecommunicationutility &
oversight to utilityconservation
programs.
Reduce Economic Barriers *Climate Change Resilience *TrustedResource*Protect the Public Interest *Strong, Competitive, Fair Marketplace
Clean
transportation
Climate-smart natural
and working lands
Clean energy and
efficient buildings
Resilient
communities
Healthy lives and
communities
Clean
economy
Framework goal areas
Organizing our work
Clean energy and
efficient buildings
81
MEASURES
OF PROGRESS
By 2040, all of
Minnesota’s
electricity is
carbon-free.
By 2030,
weatherize a
quarter of
dwellings where
occupants earn
50% or less of the
state median
income.
By 2035, reduce
emissions from
existing buildings
by 50% compared
to 2005 levels.
Inflation Reduction
Act (IRA)
Infrastructure
Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA)
or Bipartisan Infrastructure
Law (BIL)
8/15/2023 82
Federal Investments
The IRA ….135 distinct programs and tax credits
83
• High Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act (HEEHRA)
• Energy Efficient Home ImprovementCredit (25C)
• New Energy Efficiency Home Credit (45L)
• Commercial Buildings Energy Efficient Credit (179D)
• Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund - $27B (Early programmatic descriptions announced last week)
• Clean Vehicle credit (30D)
• Residential Clean Energy Credit (25D)
• Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants -$3 B
• Improving Energy Efficiency & Water Efficiency or Climate Resilience in Affordable Housing
• Tribal Electrification Program - $145 M
• Zero Building Code Energy Adoption provision - $1 B
IRA funds increases DOE Loan Authority by $350 billion
1) Innovative Clean Energy Loan
Guarantees - $40 billion
• “Innovative” Requirement waived if a State
Green Bank also contributes to a project
2) Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment
Program - $250 billion
3) Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing - $40
billion
4) Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program
- $20 billion
8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 84
8/15/2023 85
New and Expanded State Programs, too!
Pre-Weatherization & Workforce Training $ 38,737,000
Healthy Air (vermiculite) $ 300,000
Strengthen MN Homes $ 1,000,000
Residential Electric Panel Grants $ 6,500,000
Heat Pump Rebate Grants $ 13,000,000
Solar for Schools K-12 $ 29,310,000
Solar for Schools MN State $ 1,138,000
Solar on Public Buildings $ 5,000,000
Air Ventilation Program $ 1,000,000
Electric Vehicle Rebates $ 15,716,000
Electric Vehicle Auto Dealer Cert. $ 2,000,000
Electric School Bus Grants $ 13,000,000
Onsite Energy Storage System Grants $ 7,000,000
Residential Focused Programs
8/15/2023 86
Tips:
• Get an Energy
Audit!
• Can capture
this year
• Plan ahead: can
capture tax
credits every
year; stagger
adoption
• Secure Utility
Rebates
8/15/2023 87
Top Energy Saving Opportunities: Tax Credits
Maximum Annual Cap: $3,200
Up to 30% tax credit; max amts below
• Home Energy Audit: up to $150
• Attic & Wall Insulation: up to $1,200
• Heating System: for heat pumps:
$2,000
• Windows: $600
• Doors: $250/door, up to $500
• Other Appliances: water heaters:
$600 (or $2,000 heat pump water
heater)
8/15/2023 88
You can bundle savings: ASHP Example
Incentives
and
Financing —
Minnesota
ASHP
Collaborative
(mnashp.org)
Residential Energy Rebates
8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 89
Residential Rebate Programs: HOMES
8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 90
Rented, single-family, multifamily households
• Rebates for energy efficiency
• Whole-house approach; technology neutral
• Rebates based on energy savings:
– $2,000 for 20% energy savings
– $4,000 for 35% energy savings
– More for income-qualified households!
Note: NOT for new construction
Residential Rebate Programs: HEERA
8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 91
Electric Load Service Center Upgrades* $4,000
Electric Stove, Cooktop, Range, and/or Oven $840
Electric Wiring $2,500
Heat Pump Clothes Dryer $840
Heat Pump Heating/Cooling $8,000
Heat Pump Water Heaters* $1,750
Insulation and Air Sealing $1,600
• Households > 150%
AMI are not eligible;
• Households below 80%
AMI eligible for more
funds
• Rented, single-family
and multifamily eligible
• New construction
eligible
* New State level incentivesmay align
Residential Rebate Programs: HOMES and HEERA
8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 92
Slide credit:
Christy
Veeder, US
DOE
HEERA: $74,000,000
Scale of impact:
If HH <80% AMI utilized the
full $14,000, might be around
5,300 HH
If HH between 80-150% AMI
just did heat pump, might be
around 18,500 HH
8/15/2023 93
Minnesota Funding Levels: HOMES and HEERA
HOMES: $74,400,000
Scale of impact:
If HH < 80% AMI hit 35%
energy reduction, might be
around 9,300 HH
If HH > 80% AMI hit 20%,
might be around 37,000 HH
If all multifamily, 20%
reductions, and hit the cap,
could be 372 properties
HEERA: $74,000,000
Scale of impact:
If HH <80% AMI utilized the full
$14,000, might be around 5,300
HH
If HH between 80-150% AMI just
did heat pump, might be 18,500
HH
30% federal tax credit for
solar
Beginning in 2023:
standalone storage qualifies
for a 30% tax credit
8/15/2023 94
Solar and Storage
Photo credit:
CERTs
New Vehicles: Up to $7,500
tax credit
Used Vehicles: Up to $4,000
tax credit. Vehicle must be 2
years old and cost < $25,000
* New Minnesota incentives
may also apply
Source: https://electrek.co/2023/05/03/which-
electric-vehicles-still-qualify-for-us-federal-tax-
credit/
8/15/2023 95
Electric Vehicles
8/15/2023 96
Inflation Reduction Act Consumer Facing Resources
on.mncerts.org/IRA
https://www.energy.gov/
save
https://www.rewiringam
erica.org/IRAguide
Commercial Focused Programs
8/15/2023 97
8/15/2023 98
Commercial Solar Incentives
• Project < 1MW: 30% tax
credit
• >1 MW: get 30% if meet
prevailing wage and
apprenticeship requirements
• 2025: Clean Electricity
Investment Credit
• Transferability
8/15/2023 99
Tax Credit Adders & Stacking
Slide Credit:
Paul
Donohoo-
Vallet,
US DOE
8/15/2023 100
And Storage!
Standalone energy
storage assets are now
eligible for the
investment tax credit
(ITC).
Image source: Institute on the Env Community Scale Energy Storage Guide
“Direct pay” allows tax-
exempt entities to capture tax
benefits via a “direct
payment”
Eligible technologies: solar,
storage, geothermal,
combined heat and power,
even commercial clean
vehicles
8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 101
• Cities, Counties,
Townships
• Tribal Nations
• Non-profits
• Faith Communities
• Cooperative and
Municipal Utilities
• Other governmental
entities
Direct Pay Provisions
On-Deck in the Year Ahead
Solar for All (from the EPA
Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Fund): single family,
multifamily, & community
solar
Climate Innovation Finance
Authority (CIFA): pathways
to scale clean energy
adoption
IIJA and IRA Resources
8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 103
• The White House, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Guidebook
• U.S. Department of Energy | IIJA Homepage
• The White House, Inflation Reduction Act
Guidebook
• The White House, MN IRA Fact Sheet
• MN Commerce website: Federal Funding
Opportunities
• MN Commerce e-newsletter on Federal Funding
Opportunities - Subscribe
• MNE Commerce email for Federal Funding
Questions: fedquestions.commerce@state.mn.us
Questions?
Lissa Pawlisch
Energy Development Section Director
651-539-1563
Lissa.Pawlisch@state.mn.us
104
Small Group Discussions
Small Group Discussion Questions
Seed Grants
• In what ways can you promote CERTs
Seed Grants to your community?
• How can the Seed Grant money best be
used to support underserved
communities?
• What sorts of initiatives would you like
to see prioritized in the next round of
Seed Grants?
Introduce
yourselves
Share which
commmunity you
are connected to
Inflation Reduction Act
• How can I best connect
my community to IRA incentives?
• How will I incorporate IRA
incentive planning into my home or
workplace?
• What audience in my
community would benefit from an
IRA presentation?
Reminders & Thank YOU!
• Please help us make this a
zero-waste event!
• Visit Photo Booth!
• Visit Resource Tables
• Ask Alexis at CERTs table for a
bit
• Thank YOU speakers!
• Thank YOU for attending!
• Please complete the
evaluation when you get it
Networking and Cake!

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2023 Metro CERT Annual Event

  • 1. Welcome! Metro CERT Annual Event May 24, 2023
  • 2. Why Shoreview? Long time collaborator • Beat Betty – 2008 • Steering Committee • EV Project Partners: Cummins & City of Shoreview
  • 3. • CERTs Overview & CERT-O Project Spotlight: Advancing Small Business Solar Energy • Seed Grant Lightning Round • IRA Clean Energy Incentives • Small group discussions • Networking • Appetizers • Cash bar • Games on the deck • 20th Anniversary Cake Agenda
  • 4. Housekeeping 1. Agenda on table 2. Tweet with us! #MetroCERT 3. Play CERT-O and win some CERTs swag! 4. Get signed into the WiFi and the mentimeter 5. Zero Waste/Composting 6. Selfie Time?
  • 5. 1. Listen for the words on your card during the entire program. Mark them off! 2. Please DO NOT yell CERT-O when you get it while the program is happening. 3. Once networking begins, bring your winner cards to the CERTs resource table in the front. 4. CERT-O includes completed row, column, or diagonal, four corners and postage stamp. The CERTs logo is a FREE space! 5. Feel free to snap a pic of you and your card and tweet it at us with #MetroCERT #CERT-O Postage stamp example – only need one corner
  • 6. YAY! We did it! Secured an additional $500,000 annually to support the statewide CERTs Partnership! Staffing capacity, specifically an increase for Greater Minnesota
  • 7. Polling Time! Tell us about yourselves! Go to www.menti.com and enter: 8682 0869
  • 8. Helping Minnesotans build clean energy MISSION We connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects
  • 9. What is CERTs all about? CONNECT TO RESOURCES Ideas, inspiration, stories, people, information, tools, funding, and more! COMMUNITY-BASED Empowering community- determined conservation, efficiency, and renewables
  • 10. CERTs Vision We envision a future in which clean energy solutions permeate our state.
  • 11. Making an impact AWARDED over $1.6 million in Seed Grants to 467 energy projects since 2006. IMPACTED 972,016 people through grants, events, and programs since 2009. HELPED Minnesotans save nearly 582 billion BTUs of energy and avoid $7.3 million in energy costs since 2010.
  • 12. Clean Energy Resource Teams: the Partnership
  • 13. CERTs is a Statewide Partnership
  • 14. Great Plains Institute (GPI) Transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. 26 -year non-profit based in Mpls with roots across many, states Transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. We combine our unique consensus-building approach with expert knowledge, research and analysis, and local action.
  • 15. CERTs Regional Leadership Jason Walker SouthwestCERT SRDC Jacob Selseth West Central CERT Diana McKeown Metro CERT Great Plains Inst. Shannon Stassen NorthwestCERT HRDC MelissaBirch Central CERT Chris Meyer SoutheastCERT Coby Abasz NortheastCERT Tess Dornfeld SoutheastCERT
  • 18. Staff Transition • After 20 years, Lissa Pawlisch takes new role at Department of Commerce • Interim statewide co- directors, leaning into strong partnership • GreenCorps Member Abby Hornberger left in August • Metro CERT Staffing, Kris Acuña left in December after 4 ½ years supporting CERTs
  • 19. Steering Committee! • MarisaBayer, Center for Energy and Environment • Didier Bolanos Gonzalez, Hennepin County • Carmen Carruthers, Citizens Utility Board • Scott Firman, International Society of Sustainability Professionals • Emma Ingebretsen, CenterPoint Energy • Annette Kuyper, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association • Mari Ojeda, Fresh Energy • Annie Pottorff, City of St. Louis Park • Bill Sierks, Retired Environmental Manager & Attorney • Erin Smith, City of Carver • SofiaTroutman, Xcel Energy • Kerry Wang, Nextera Analytics • Billy Weber, University of Minnesota • Eric Wojchik, Metropolitan Council • Say Yang, Student
  • 20. What does CERTs do? • Meet people where they are • Connect people to tools, guides, & templates • Provide direct technical assistance • Convene peer networks & workshops for shared learning • Provide seed funding • Document stories Inflation Reduction Act: ResidentEnergy Resources
  • 21. Past Year: What did we do?
  • 22. Coming Year: What will we do?
  • 24. Catalyzing Projects With CERTs Seed Grants • Awarded over $1.6M to 467 projects since 2006 • Recent round: 137 apps for $719,000; awarded 74 • $30,000/region • Project funding pays for labor costs, minor materials and supplies • Must have a community component
  • 26. Home Energy Guides • Single Family Homes • Manufacturedhomes • Renters • Landlords • Multiple languages
  • 27. Air Source Heat Pump Resources Heat pump advice: FEBRUARY 2023 PROPANE HEAT + DUAL FUEL ELECTRIC RATES
  • 29. Presentations • Advancing Small Business Solar Equity • Seed Grant Lightning Round • IRA Presentation
  • 30. Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Earlsworth "Baba" Letang Director of Community Engagement Neighborhood Development Center
  • 31. Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) Lake Street - West Broadway - University Avenue Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 32. Stacy Miller City of Minneapolis Diana McKeown Great Plains Institute Kris Acuna Great Plains Institute Billy Weber William Weber Consulting Kurt Schultz City of Saint Paul Callie Walsh Xcel Energy Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Team Matt Kazinka Lake Street Council Baba Letting Neighborhood DevelopmentCenter TerryAustin Northside Economic OpportunityNetwork Kelly Muellman City of Minneapolis Aaron Backs Baba Letang Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Team
  • 33. Project Funding & Program Support Project Stakeholder Team
  • 35. Four Pillars - One Model NDC has developed four integrated programs that have become the pillars to activating entrepreneurs and revitalizing low-income neighborhoods Training Lending Business Services Incubator Spaces
  • 36. Vision & Project Principles Vision We envision a future in which BIPOC- and immigrant-owned small businesses in the Twin Cities are leaders in solar adoption. One in which economic development agencies can accurately demonstrate the potential of clean energy, in order to contribute to equitable wealth generation in communities deeply impacted by systemic racism. Principles • Building partnerships • Building trust • Practicing transparency • Building wealth • Understanding risk • Respectful language Abe Demmaj, G & L Furniture
  • 37. “ Increase solar adoption and resilience of BIPOC small businesses, and build capacity and leadership in the community to sustain ongoing action. Project Goal
  • 38. Objectives • Collaboratively develop a scalable model(s) for underserved small businesses with a priority on BIPOC and immigrant owned businesses in the Lake Street, West Broadway and University Midway corridors to adopt solar based on a deep assessment of business needs, barriers, and preferences • Ensure that proposed business model(s) support the continued success of small businesses in underserved communities, and build community wealth • Provide education and ongoing support to small businesses on the opportunities and risks involved with installing solar, including available incentives and potential economic benefits • Share lessons learned with regulators, solar installers, program managers, etc. to ensure that appropriate changes are made to existing regulations, programs, and business offerings Abe Demmaj, G & L Furniture
  • 39. Our Corridors SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 42. Lake Street, South Minneapolis Lake Street Council Great Plains Institute
  • 43. “ How might we address barriers to solar program adoption by BIPOC-owned businesses in corridors impacted by systemic racism and civil unrest to increase installation of solar and solar plus storage? Design Challenge
  • 44. Fundamentals of Human Centered Design 1. Focus on the people 2. Find the right problem to solve 3. Think of everything as a system 4. Iterate on solutions User versus Human Centered Design User-centered design can make people sound like a component in a system, dehumanizing the design process. Human-centered design focuses on a user’s emotions and feelings as they interact with a product, and this helps bring empathy to the product design process.
  • 45. What did we hear? SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  • 47. What information about solar is most important for businesses to know? SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 48. "Show me the money. Actually, show me the money."
  • 49. What does the small business decision-making process look like? SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 50. "When we find someone we trust, we stick with them."
  • 51. What assets can we draw on in our communities to make equitable solar happen? SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 52. “They ask, ‘why don’t you get out of that neighborhood?’ We answer, ‘we wouldn’t exist elsewhere.’"
  • 53. Program Model Solar Hub Network – Community-Based Solar Resources Providers Primary Functions: • Existing Community-Based Organizations will embed resources, education and technical assistance for small businesses on rooftop solar • The Network will link participating Hubs across the city, both facilitating information and resource sharing across the network, and creating a culture of solar and energy efficiency in BIPOC and immigrant business corridors
  • 54. Looking Forward: Next Steps SEIN - Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 55. Future Agenda Near-term activities: • Help CDFI partners explore green lending • Support NDC to explore energy efficiency programming • Support NEON to add solar to new building • Continue building out model pieces • Ground testing with businesses on Lake Street Long-term activities: • Build on program design model to incorporate energy efficiency and electrification alongside solar • Implementation of programs on the ground • Invite in new community partners to work in additional areas and with additional businesses,pending funding
  • 56. Thank you! Earlsworth ‘Baba’ Letang Director of Community Engagement Neighborhood Development Center ELetang@NDC-MN.Org 612-644-1968
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  • 62. FirstLast Organization FirstLast Organization FirstLast Organization FirstLast Organization PANELDISCUSSION Seed Grant Lightning Round KeithDent Just B Solar KyleSamejima& ElijahEasley Minneapolis Climate Action DaveAnderson All Parks Alliance for Change KevinWalker Beacon Interfaith Housing Collabor ative
  • 63. Manufactured Home Repair and Replacement DAVE ANDERSON, ALL PARKS ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE 2023 METRO CERT ANNUAL EVENT MAY 24, 2023
  • 64. What was the goal of your project?  Residents of manufacturedhome park communities are both renters and home owners. Over 180,000 residents live in 900 parks and 80% are low- to very-low income.  In 1976, Congress created a uniform federal constructioncode for manufacturedhomes (the “HUD Code”) to standardize and improve design and construction. However, home loans are often either unavailable or "high cost" (9-10% interest rates with 7-18 year loan terms), and so 33% of residents buy cheaper, older homes for cash. As a result, some residents are “cost burdened” based just on utility costs.  We encouraged residents, park owners, and cities to work with MinnesotaHousing to use the state’s home rehab program to either improveor replace their homes with new energy-efficient designs.
  • 65. What did you learn?  Through an outreach and awareness plan, we explainedthe program's benefits, eligibility,application process, and uses to residents and partner organizations through community meetings and group presentations.  Our park community outreach was focusedon home owners rather than park owners. We left information at residents’homes and held 13 community meetings;approximately 450 attended.  Our outreach to cities focusedon the 51 cities in the Twin Cities metro area with manufactured home park communities.We had meetings with 14 cities and four had or were interestedin formal partnership with Minnesota Housing
  • 66. Anything surprising or unexpected? *  Minnesota Housing’s home rehab programs were already open to manufactured home owners, but, in 2021, we pushed significant changes including making home replacement an eligible use (covering the cost of purchase, moving, removal of the previous home, etc.) and the changes went into effect January 2022.  Not everything went as expected: ❑ Going into Spring 2022, the Agency was still accepting feedback, finalizing procedures, and providing input on outreach materials. ❑ We discovered past use of Minnesota Housing’s rehab loans by manufactured home owners varied greatly based on region and race. ❑ We discovered a significant gap between those needing assistance and those meeting the income guidelines. ❑ We concluded that meaningful use of the program was going to take additional time and changes to the program's eligibility guidelines.
  • 67. Are you planning to build on this work in the future?  We regularly use the materials and presentations we developedas part of this project. We includedthe information in a series of presentations we made about the HomeHelpMN program.  We share information with other housing organizations through meetings,presentations, newsletters, email,and social media.  We will push for changes to Minnesota Housing’s program eligibility guidelines in order to better meet the high level of manufacturedhome owner interest and need.
  • 68. Thank you! All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC) Dave Anderson, Executive Director 2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 200 St. Paul, MN 55114 (651) 644-5525 dave@allparksallianceforchange.org Facebook: All Parks Alliancefor Change
  • 69. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative Rooftop Solar Initiative Kevin Walker | Vice President, Housing Development May 12, 2023 www.beaconinterfaith.org
  • 70. www.beaconinterfaith.org Goals 1. Deliver greater economic security to residents ✓ Save residents at least $240K over next 25 years 2. Increase operating efficiency for Beacon ✓ Save Beacon at least $132K over next 25 years 3. Reduce carbon footprint ✓ 4,263 trees’ worth of reduced carbon footprint www.beaconinterfaith.org
  • 71. www.beaconinterfaith.org Lessons 1. Planning matters 2. Partnership makes possible 3. Residents respond to opportunities like this www.beaconinterfaith.org
  • 72. Just B Solar Vongphet"Noy" Koumalasy & Keith Dent Program Director & President Just B Solar
  • 73. Art and Climate Change Creating Partners in Community Solar Gardens Minneapolis, MN A collaboration with Minneapolis Climate Action and artists Elijah Easley, Isavela Lopez and Brandyn Tulloch
  • 74. This project will create an arts-based, outreach guide designed to educate community stakeholders and historicallyunderrepresented communitieson the benefits of CommunitySolar Gardens (CSGs). Minneapolis Climate Action will collaborate with Elijah Easley, Isavela Lopez and Brandyn Tulloch and other artists to: ● Create a visual guide to deepen awareness on climatechange, environmental justice and communitycreated solutions ● Engage new voices ● Build trust ● Open hearts ● Bring the benefits of energy democracy and CSGs to underserved neighborhoods. Elijah Easley Brandyn Tulloch Isavel
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  • 76. Inflation Reduction Act: Clean Energy Incentives Lissa Pawlisch Energy Development Section Director Department of Commerce
  • 77. Metro CERT Annual Event May 24, 2023 Lissa Pawlisch, Energy Development Section Director, Division of Energy Resources mn.gov/commerce 4/22/2023 77
  • 78. 8/15/2023 78 Until Mid-March, I worked for CERTs
  • 79. We promote clean, reliable, and affordable energy & telecom for MN Division of Energy Resources 79 Affordability •Protect & assist income- constrainedhouseholds through energy& telec. programs Energy Development •Provide programs,technical assistance, environmental review, and fundingfor informed/sound clean energy development Reliability •Coordinate system reliability planning,riskmonitoringand response Analysis & Advocacy •Provide analysis & advocacyfor regulated energy& telecommunicationutility & oversight to utilityconservation programs. Reduce Economic Barriers *Climate Change Resilience *TrustedResource*Protect the Public Interest *Strong, Competitive, Fair Marketplace
  • 80. Clean transportation Climate-smart natural and working lands Clean energy and efficient buildings Resilient communities Healthy lives and communities Clean economy Framework goal areas Organizing our work
  • 81. Clean energy and efficient buildings 81 MEASURES OF PROGRESS By 2040, all of Minnesota’s electricity is carbon-free. By 2030, weatherize a quarter of dwellings where occupants earn 50% or less of the state median income. By 2035, reduce emissions from existing buildings by 50% compared to 2005 levels.
  • 82. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) 8/15/2023 82 Federal Investments
  • 83. The IRA ….135 distinct programs and tax credits 83 • High Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act (HEEHRA) • Energy Efficient Home ImprovementCredit (25C) • New Energy Efficiency Home Credit (45L) • Commercial Buildings Energy Efficient Credit (179D) • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund - $27B (Early programmatic descriptions announced last week) • Clean Vehicle credit (30D) • Residential Clean Energy Credit (25D) • Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants -$3 B • Improving Energy Efficiency & Water Efficiency or Climate Resilience in Affordable Housing • Tribal Electrification Program - $145 M • Zero Building Code Energy Adoption provision - $1 B
  • 84. IRA funds increases DOE Loan Authority by $350 billion 1) Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantees - $40 billion • “Innovative” Requirement waived if a State Green Bank also contributes to a project 2) Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment Program - $250 billion 3) Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing - $40 billion 4) Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program - $20 billion 8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 84
  • 85. 8/15/2023 85 New and Expanded State Programs, too! Pre-Weatherization & Workforce Training $ 38,737,000 Healthy Air (vermiculite) $ 300,000 Strengthen MN Homes $ 1,000,000 Residential Electric Panel Grants $ 6,500,000 Heat Pump Rebate Grants $ 13,000,000 Solar for Schools K-12 $ 29,310,000 Solar for Schools MN State $ 1,138,000 Solar on Public Buildings $ 5,000,000 Air Ventilation Program $ 1,000,000 Electric Vehicle Rebates $ 15,716,000 Electric Vehicle Auto Dealer Cert. $ 2,000,000 Electric School Bus Grants $ 13,000,000 Onsite Energy Storage System Grants $ 7,000,000
  • 87. Tips: • Get an Energy Audit! • Can capture this year • Plan ahead: can capture tax credits every year; stagger adoption • Secure Utility Rebates 8/15/2023 87 Top Energy Saving Opportunities: Tax Credits Maximum Annual Cap: $3,200 Up to 30% tax credit; max amts below • Home Energy Audit: up to $150 • Attic & Wall Insulation: up to $1,200 • Heating System: for heat pumps: $2,000 • Windows: $600 • Doors: $250/door, up to $500 • Other Appliances: water heaters: $600 (or $2,000 heat pump water heater)
  • 88. 8/15/2023 88 You can bundle savings: ASHP Example Incentives and Financing — Minnesota ASHP Collaborative (mnashp.org)
  • 90. Residential Rebate Programs: HOMES 8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 90 Rented, single-family, multifamily households • Rebates for energy efficiency • Whole-house approach; technology neutral • Rebates based on energy savings: – $2,000 for 20% energy savings – $4,000 for 35% energy savings – More for income-qualified households! Note: NOT for new construction
  • 91. Residential Rebate Programs: HEERA 8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 91 Electric Load Service Center Upgrades* $4,000 Electric Stove, Cooktop, Range, and/or Oven $840 Electric Wiring $2,500 Heat Pump Clothes Dryer $840 Heat Pump Heating/Cooling $8,000 Heat Pump Water Heaters* $1,750 Insulation and Air Sealing $1,600 • Households > 150% AMI are not eligible; • Households below 80% AMI eligible for more funds • Rented, single-family and multifamily eligible • New construction eligible * New State level incentivesmay align
  • 92. Residential Rebate Programs: HOMES and HEERA 8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 92 Slide credit: Christy Veeder, US DOE
  • 93. HEERA: $74,000,000 Scale of impact: If HH <80% AMI utilized the full $14,000, might be around 5,300 HH If HH between 80-150% AMI just did heat pump, might be around 18,500 HH 8/15/2023 93 Minnesota Funding Levels: HOMES and HEERA HOMES: $74,400,000 Scale of impact: If HH < 80% AMI hit 35% energy reduction, might be around 9,300 HH If HH > 80% AMI hit 20%, might be around 37,000 HH If all multifamily, 20% reductions, and hit the cap, could be 372 properties
  • 94. HEERA: $74,000,000 Scale of impact: If HH <80% AMI utilized the full $14,000, might be around 5,300 HH If HH between 80-150% AMI just did heat pump, might be 18,500 HH 30% federal tax credit for solar Beginning in 2023: standalone storage qualifies for a 30% tax credit 8/15/2023 94 Solar and Storage Photo credit: CERTs
  • 95. New Vehicles: Up to $7,500 tax credit Used Vehicles: Up to $4,000 tax credit. Vehicle must be 2 years old and cost < $25,000 * New Minnesota incentives may also apply Source: https://electrek.co/2023/05/03/which- electric-vehicles-still-qualify-for-us-federal-tax- credit/ 8/15/2023 95 Electric Vehicles
  • 96. 8/15/2023 96 Inflation Reduction Act Consumer Facing Resources on.mncerts.org/IRA https://www.energy.gov/ save https://www.rewiringam erica.org/IRAguide
  • 98. 8/15/2023 98 Commercial Solar Incentives • Project < 1MW: 30% tax credit • >1 MW: get 30% if meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements • 2025: Clean Electricity Investment Credit • Transferability
  • 99. 8/15/2023 99 Tax Credit Adders & Stacking Slide Credit: Paul Donohoo- Vallet, US DOE
  • 100. 8/15/2023 100 And Storage! Standalone energy storage assets are now eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC). Image source: Institute on the Env Community Scale Energy Storage Guide
  • 101. “Direct pay” allows tax- exempt entities to capture tax benefits via a “direct payment” Eligible technologies: solar, storage, geothermal, combined heat and power, even commercial clean vehicles 8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 101 • Cities, Counties, Townships • Tribal Nations • Non-profits • Faith Communities • Cooperative and Municipal Utilities • Other governmental entities Direct Pay Provisions
  • 102. On-Deck in the Year Ahead Solar for All (from the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund): single family, multifamily, & community solar Climate Innovation Finance Authority (CIFA): pathways to scale clean energy adoption
  • 103. IIJA and IRA Resources 8/15/2023 mn.gov/commerce 103 • The White House, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook • U.S. Department of Energy | IIJA Homepage • The White House, Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook • The White House, MN IRA Fact Sheet • MN Commerce website: Federal Funding Opportunities • MN Commerce e-newsletter on Federal Funding Opportunities - Subscribe • MNE Commerce email for Federal Funding Questions: fedquestions.commerce@state.mn.us
  • 104. Questions? Lissa Pawlisch Energy Development Section Director 651-539-1563 Lissa.Pawlisch@state.mn.us 104
  • 106. Small Group Discussion Questions Seed Grants • In what ways can you promote CERTs Seed Grants to your community? • How can the Seed Grant money best be used to support underserved communities? • What sorts of initiatives would you like to see prioritized in the next round of Seed Grants? Introduce yourselves Share which commmunity you are connected to Inflation Reduction Act • How can I best connect my community to IRA incentives? • How will I incorporate IRA incentive planning into my home or workplace? • What audience in my community would benefit from an IRA presentation?
  • 107. Reminders & Thank YOU! • Please help us make this a zero-waste event! • Visit Photo Booth! • Visit Resource Tables • Ask Alexis at CERTs table for a bit • Thank YOU speakers! • Thank YOU for attending! • Please complete the evaluation when you get it