Southeast Region


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

Southeast Region Priority Areas:

  • Advance community solar gardens in and with communities across the Southeast region
  • Work to engage more youth in clean energy projects including by supporting regional school teams, extracurricular teams, and Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams in their energy efficiency and renewable energy education efforts
  • Explore opportunities to scale-up the use of hybrid energy systems through information sharing and model project deployment
  • Expand access to capital for renewable energy projects by cataloging local lending programs, highlight existing resources and developing a decision tool to help businesses and non-profits utilize these resources
  • Advance on-farm efficiency and renewable energy opportunities in conjunction with local utilities

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Southeast Contact

Michelle Palm
Southeast CERT Coordinator
Email, 612-325-1441

Northfield ARTech students with Southeast CERT tour group

Recent Blog Posts

LED lighting in Lango farms barn
Fritz Ebinger
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:15pm
Minnesota is the #1 turkey producing and processing state in the U.S., with 450 family farmers raising approximately 44 million to 46 million turkeys annually. The cost of energy can have a big impact on the cost of food. So as new technologies have emerged that help turkey farmers reduce the use...
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...

Southeast Case Studies

High tunnels (also commonly referred to as polytunnels, hoop greenhouses, or hoophouses) are large, generally semi-circle-shaped structures made of...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
The road to energy efficiency isn’t always smooth, but that hasn’t stopped the City of Austin, Minnesota from taking measure after measure to promote...

Southeast Steering Committee

  • Sig Anderson, CURE & Minnesota Project Board
  • Ed Cohen, Community Member & Energy Expert
  • Jared Hendricks, Owatonna Public Utilities
  • Marcus Hendrickson, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
  • Rich Huelskamp, Sun’s Warmth
  • Connie Ireland, Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Micah Johnson, Solar Connection
  • Erin Meier, SE Experiment in Rural Cooperation
  • Chris Meyer, Community Organizer
  • Mark Owens, Mark Owens Residential Design
  • Ray Schmitz, Olmsted CERT
  • Paul Uecker, Farmer
  • Roger Wacek, Independent Contractor

Southeast 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.

Southeast Community Groups

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More Resources for the Southeast 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.

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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