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Published on June 8th, 2013 | by Dan Thiede, CERTs

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4 Steps to Solar Success from the Clean Energy Project Builder

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June 8th, 2013 by
 
Are you interested in doing your own solar project? Let the Clean Energy Project Builder and CERTs help you get started with 4 steps!

Step 1: Do your research

Step 1: Do your research! Knowing information about solar (what it is, how it works, how to get it) is a key component in your project’s success. Lucky for you, we have already done the hard part! Follow the link to see a list of helpful solar studies.

Step 2: Site assessment. It is important to be familiar with both the purpose of your solar project, and site specific details before moving into the implementation and financing of a project. Here you will find some tools to help assess your site in order to understand its unique potential in conjunction with your energy needs and budget.

Step 3: Find companies. Once you have identified the primary objective of your solar project, and have an idea of the strengths and limitations of your site, it is important to find the right product and installer for your project. In this section you will find tips and useful links on how to refine your search on the Clean Energy Project Builder to find the right companies for you.

Step 4: Funding & financing. Like any investment, it’s important to understand the financial commitment of a solar or small wind project before you begin. This piece should be integrated into every step of the planning process. It is important to know things such as initial costs, ROI, as well as tax and utility incentives.

If you are a Twin Cities resident you can also check out our Simple Steps to Solar tailored to you!

Or, if you are a farm or business owner check out this Simple Steps to Solar factsheet.

Are you interested in doing your own solar project? Let the Clean Energy Project Builder and CERTs help you get started with 4 steps!

The Clean Energy Project Builder is an online directory aimed at helping citizens and businesses gain information and plan renewable energy projects. The website hosts information on Minnesota solar and wind companies and also allows non-registered companies apply to become a part of the directory. Whether you are a homeowner, small business owner, or corporation manager, the Clean Energy Project Builder has resources for your renewable energy projects. The Clean Energy Project Builder is a partnership between Southwest Initiative Foundation, Clean Energy Resource Teams, The Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources, Positively Minnesota, Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, Windusty, and The Minnesota Project.

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is the Communications Coordinator for the Clean Energy Resource Teams, or CERTs, at the University of Minnesota. CERTs works to advance the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota by helping people learn, connect, and act.



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