Southeast Region

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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

Chris Meyer
Chris Meyer
Southeast CERT Coordinator
Email, 507-454-2691

Northfield ARTech students with Southeast CERT tour group

Recent Blog Posts

SolSmart
Trevor Drake
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:22pm
Almost every time we give a community presentation on solar, somebody asks about how the costs of the technology are changing and whether it’s best to wait to “go solar.” It’s a smart question, and indeed the costs of the physical components of solar projects are being driven down by market forces...
MN Dept. of Commerce
Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:16am
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that Minnesota has received an additional $13 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the state’s Energy Assistance Program. This second and final installment of funding means that Minnesotans who...
Leaping into action
Peter Lindstrom
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:07pm
With the knowledge that energy can account for as much as 10 percent of a local government’s annual operating budget, the Minnesota Department of Commerce recently launched the Local Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP). LEEP has a straightforward aim: Assist local governments with completing energy...

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
  • Micah Johnson, Solar Connection
  • Erin Meier, SE Experiment in Rural Cooperation
  • Mark Owens, Mark Owens Residential Design
  • Ray Schmitz, Olmsted CERT
  • Paul Uecker, Farmer
  • Roger Wacek, Independent Contractor

Southeast CERT Operating Procedures

Volunteer & Get Involved

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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. See projects or learn more about grants.

Southeast Community Groups


Use our map of local community organizations to connect with a group in your part of the state! Explore map.

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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.

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission