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

Lissa


Lissa Pawlisch
CERTs Statewide Director
UMN RSDP
pawl0048@umn.edu
612-624-2293


 
 
 
 

Joel

Joel Haskard
CERTs Co-Director
UMN RSDP
haska004@umn.edu
612-625-8759

Upcoming Central Events

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

Recent Blog Posts

Screenshot from LPTV news segment on Leech Lake community solar gardens
Anna Carlson
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:01pm
“This is the first 100% low-income shared solar array in the state of Minnesota, and the first low-income community solar array integrated into energy assistance (LIHEAP) in the nation!” notes Jason Edens with Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, the solar developer for the five Leech Lake...
SolSmart
Trevor Drake
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:22pm
Almost every time we give a community presentation on solar, somebody asks about how the costs of the technology are changing and whether it’s best to wait to “go solar.” It’s a smart question, and indeed the costs of the physical components of solar projects are being driven down by market forces...
MN Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:16am
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that Minnesota has received an additional $13 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the state’s Energy Assistance Program. This second and final installment of funding means that Minnesotans who...

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 University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission