Northwest Region

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

 
Northwest Region Priority Areas:

  • Advance community solar gardens and engage low-income residents, tribal members and utilities in development of new community solar models
  • Deploy Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) as a regional funding mechanism and recruit businesses to use the program
  • Further support and develop the Green Step Tribal Nations framework in conjunction with Tribal Nations
  • Identify and implement biomass projects across the region
  • Scale-up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the region with campus-based efforts and through promotion of new charging stations

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Northwest Contact

Anna Carlson
Anna Carlson
Northwest CERT Coordinator
Email, 218-755-2979

Upcoming Northwest Events

Solar-powered bus shelter at Bemidji State University

Recent Blog Posts

CERTs Seed Grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:53pm
Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help! CERTs seeks to provide Seed Grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota....
Learning all about solar thermal with hands-on training
Joel Haskard
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:54pm
There are now ten new solar thermal units installed on White Earth tribal members’ homes on the reservation, providing indoor space heating from the sun. “Our tribal community suffers from rampant fuel poverty and a high drain of our energy economy,” says Tom Ferrarell, project coordinator of the...
City of Warren
Joel Haskard
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:20pm
You have to hand it to Warren (pop. 1,563)—this little town in Northwest Minnesota knows how to leverage CERTs Seed Grants! Warren submitted and received two seed grants from CERTs, both focused on energy efficiency upgrades. First, they worked to convert their old hospital and clinic building...

Northwest Case Studies

The Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) recently used grant funding from CERTs to conduct a community survey in Beltrami County,...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
TPD: July 8 – 14; NEEDS PDF The bright lights along Highway 2 in Crookston, Minnesota are sure to stand out to anyone passing through....

Northwest Steering Committee

  • Paul Aakre, UM Crookston Faculty
  • Bob Backman, active community member
  • David Bahr, Bemidji State University
  • Anna Carlson, Energy Consultant
  • Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
  • Jon Fabre, Otter Tail Power
  • Roger Garton, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
  • Joe Herbst, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Linda Kingery, UM Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Diana Kuklinski, environmental health specialist
  • Mike Moore, Thief River Falls Community Development
  • Shannon Mortenson, City of Warren
  • Michael Triplett, White Earth Reservation Tribal Council

Northwest 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 and we’re currently accepting applications! See projects or learn more about grants.

Northwest Community Groups


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More Resources for the Northwest 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.

County Renewable Energy Inventories: The goal of these inventories is to match up local renewable energy sources with local energy demand and lessen the reliance on non-local, non-renewable energy. Click here to learn more. Click on a link below to download the inventory for your county.