Northwest Region


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

Solar-powered bus shelter at Bemidji State University

Recent Blog Posts

Attendees discuss our energy future
Lissa Pawlisch
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:39pm
During the month of October, 2015, folks in Mankato, Staples, and Grand Rapids had a chance to share their input on the Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan. CERTs hosted these three events (as well as an event in St. Paul) to gather feedback, with attendees participating in small group discussions...
Clean Energy Project Builder
Dan Thiede
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 1:08pm
Interest in solar energy and community solar gardens has exploded this year in Minnesota, and people are hungry for tools that can help them move forward. To meet the demand, the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) has relaunched the Clean Energy Project Builder website, which helps people find...
REAP recipients Popp Farm
Fritz Ebinger
Wed, 10/28/2015 - 2:45pm
USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer today announced that USDA is awarding 34 grants that will help Minnesota rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. Funding will go towards energy efficiency improvements and/or...

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.

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    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