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Clean Energy Project Builder

The Clean Energy Project Builder connects people with the solar and wind industries.


The Clean Energy Project Builder is an online directory useful for finding companies that can help you plan, implement and manage clean energy projects. It's also great for learning more about the solar and wind industries, finding training opportunities, and sharing your company's expertise with people in Minnesota and across the country.


REDI Resources

Clean Energy Project Builder was originally called REDI Resources. The Rural Energy Development Initiative (REDI) helped to maximize rural economic development and stabilize rural economies by building renewable energy capacity, expertise and leadership throughout Minnesota, specifically targeting rural wind energy development. Over two years, REDI staff and its partners were instrumental in shaping wind energy development around Minnesota by providing outreach, education, development assistance, and low-interest financing for community wind projects. These efforts successfully educated over 2,000 people and supported the development of nearly 1,200 megawatts of community wind. In addition, REDI partners were positioned with resources and connections to continue supporting the clean energy industry.


Wind Energy Resources and Presentations from REDI Forums

Community Wind Handbook

The Southwest Initiative Foundation, along with other partners, funded a community project for Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and Windustry to create a Community Wind Handbook and Tool Box.  The Community Wind Handbook is a step-by-step manual on creating a community wind project.  An Excel spreadsheet is also available to help calculate costs for a wind project.  To download these tools, click on the titles below.

NOTE:  Each file is large and may take a few minutes to download depending on your Internet connection.

Community Wind Tool Box

The information in the handbook also served as the underlying information that has been expanded into an on-line tool box on Windustry's Web site.  The Community Wind Tool Box offers high-quality, practical information, interactive tools and links to related information for farmers and rural landowners looking to develop commercial-scale wind projects.  Visit the Windustry Web site to view the Community Wind Tool Box.

These are wonderful examples of the tools and resources that SWIF is helping to provide to those interested in the renewable energy industry and to partnering organizations who are supporting this work. 


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For More Information: spacer Additional Resources:

Cheryl Glaeser
Program Officer
(800) 594-9480


SWIF Energy Resource Guide


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