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

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

Solar-powered bus shelter at Bemidji State University

Recent Blog Posts

Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
Frank Jossi
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:03pm
This interview was originally posted on Midwest Energy News. For two years, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has been showcasing a new approach to financing state and municipal sustainability projects around the state. Called the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP), the concept offers...
USDA Rural Development
Alexis Troschinetz
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:28pm
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) from USDA Rural Development is a great opportunity for Minnesota farmers and rural businesses to save energy with efficiency work and add renewable energy systems. Grants can cover up to 25% of eligible project costs, and loans can cover up to 75% of...
Made-In-Minnesota Solar Rebate Program
MN Dept. of Commerce
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 4:38pm
Applications for the second year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program will be accepted beginning January 1 and ending February 28, 2015. The program, entering its second year, helps fund new solar electric and solar thermal systems for Minnesota residents, businesses, and communities....

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...
TPD: July 8 – 14; NEEDS PDF The bright lights along Highway 2 in Crookston, Minnesota are sure to stand out to anyone passing through....
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...

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.

Northwest Steering Committee

  • Paul Aakre, UM Crookston Faculty
  • 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
  • Shannon Mortenson, City of Warren

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.