Central Region

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Central CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices. Join us!

 
Central Region Priority Areas:

  • Advance community solar gardens and engage low-income residents, youth and utilities in development of new community solar models
  • Scale-up solar thermal through targeted outreach to sectors primed to adopt solar thermal technologies
  • Increase education and implementation of biomass technologies and projects
  • Advance work with local units of government around Minnesota GreenStep Cities, Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP) and other opportunities

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Central Contact

Sarah
Sarah Hayden Shaw
Central CERT Coordinator, UMN RSDP
Email, 218-760-6837

Upcoming Central Events

The crew at RREAL in Pine River stands in front of their solar air heat collecto

Recent Blog Posts

Fully loaded power strip | Photo by Richard Drew, AP
Dan Thiede
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:39pm
Recently, Elizabeth Dunbar at Minnesota Public Radio published a story all about the rising energy use of our personal workstations—that mess of cords at your desk powering all of your stuff. Read on for an interesting analysis and useful tips for reducing your load! “Dual monitors,...
Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 9:30am
The Minnesota Department of Commerce just announced their 2017 Made in Minnesota Solar PV Incentive Program lottery results. This year the program will support 679 new projects and 10.23 MW of capacity—that’s a lot! Minnesota Power’s SolarSense Program also expanded this year. A...
Attendees kick the tires on electric vehicles in Little Falls
Sarah Hayden Shaw
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:34pm
Over 40 people stopped by the Sprout Growers and Makers Fair in Little Falls on Saturday, March 25th to learn more about electric vehicles. On display was a sleek black Tesla Model S owned by Jessee Holmes, and a sporty-looking blue 2016 Nissan LEAF owned by Jeff Riegle. The owners even stayed...

Central Case Studies

The story of Noah and the Ark, a man building a gigantic boat in preparation for a flood that no one else believed was coming, is familiar to most....
If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, Chuck Waibel and Carol Ford should be blushing. In the fall and winter of 2012 in Ashby,...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...

Central Steering Committee

  • Amy Collins, Missouri River Energy Services
  • Jason Edens, RREAL
  • Sandy Gunderson, Becker County
  • Andrea Lauer, City of Royalton
  • Hank Ludtke, City of Frazee
  • Ron Nelson, Central Lakes College
  • Eugene Scales, Eugene Scales & Associates
  • Quinn Swanson, Happy Dancing Turtle and Hunt Utilities Group
  • Diomy Zamora, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Molly Zins, U of M Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

Central CERT Operating Procedures

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CERTs Supported Projects

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CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. See projects or learn more about grants.

Central Community Groups


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More Resources for the Central Region

 
Strategic Energy Plan: Each regional team spent considerable time mapping regional energy use and identifying clean energy opportunities in its Regional Strategic Energy Plan. Read all the details on the Regional Plans page.

Other Publications:

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission