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!

 
Goals:

  • Increase energy awareness and action by fostering cross-sector communication and collaboration
  • Build stronger connections and relationships with local utilities
  • Advance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at colleges and universities
  • Support development of the regional biomass industry

Efforts:

  • Supporting efforts to utilize solar thermal transpired air at campuses as a pre-heat to intake air
  • Convening a region-wide forum that explores opportunities for students, faculty, administrators and their neighboring communities to collaborate on clean energy projects
  • Exploring opportunities to utilize biomass energy sources for smaller-scale heating alternatives

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Northwest Contact

Chris May
Chris May
Northwest CERT Coordinator, UMN RSDP
Email, 218-473-2138

Solar-powered bus shelter at Bemidji State University

Northwest Case Studies

Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
In the small town of Gonvick, Minnesota, the Clear Waters Life Center has revitalized an old building and with it, a community. When the schools of...
Concordia Language Villages (CLV) is widely known for providing students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different language and...

Northwest Community Projects

These projects emerged from the 2013 CERTs Conference and are open to community involvement. Click on a project to learn more or see all projects statewide.

Examine LED lights powered by solar energy. Ideally, local manufacturers and distributors would be...
Conduct a feasibility study on the UMN Crookston Campus for solar transpired air systems on campus...
Research and implement solar-transpired air at Bemidji area schools (university, high school,...
Research and implement using used cooking oil to produce biodiesel to power diesel engines.

Recent Blog Posts

Statewide view from the MN Solar Suitability App
Dan Thiede
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:50pm
Did you know that Minnesota has an award-winning Solar Dream Team? It’s true! CERTs is helping a talented team of GIS professionals design an online mapping application for solar energy that will serve an array of stakeholders and the energy industry through the coming boom in solar—and...
Minnesota GreenStep Cities staff
MPCA
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:36pm
The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program is designed to challenge, assist, and recognize Minnesota cities that are “green stars.” Cities are challenged to work through a series of steps—and recognized for steps they’ve already taken—that increase the community’s...
A home with solar in Minneapolis
Trevor Drake
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:23am
We often receive questions from homeowners about how to get started with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Recently a gentleman named Jim in Corcoran, MN reached out to us with a question on this topic, and we decided to share the answer with everyone in the hopes that it will help...

Northwest Steering Committee

  • Paul Aakre, UM Crookston Faculty
  • Bonnie Abel, East Grand Forks Water and Light Department
  • David Bahr, Bemidji State University
  • Anna Carlson, energy consultant
  • Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
  • Roger Garton, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
  • Linda Kingery, UM Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Diana Kuklinski, environmental health specialist
  • Chris May, New Horizon Resort & Lodge
  • Mike Moore, Thief River Falls Community Development
  • Darryl Tveitbakk, Northern Municipal Power Assn

Northwest CERT Operating Procedures

Volunteer & Get Involved

Volunteer & Get Involved
Get involved and make connections with others passionate about clean energy! Learn more.

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.