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!

 
Goals:

  • Work toward a vision of communities producing a greater share of the region’s energy through locally-owned projects
  • Encourage clean energy entrepreneurship and a do-it-yourself mentality
  • Spread energy efficiency news and stories through partnerships with local media
  • Work directly with counties, cities, and utilities to encourage energy efficiency

Efforts:

  • We work primarily on energy efficiency and conservation, outreach and education, and advocating for distributed generation projects in our region.
  • Current regional projects we’re supporting include the initiation of a community solar framework, small business and non-profit outreach, and energy education for youth.
  • We encourage the use of case studies in business development to inspire others to create their own projects and tell their own stories.

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Southeast Contact

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

Northfield ARTech students with Southeast CERT tour group

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 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.

Celebrate the clean energy projects that St. Olaf, Carleton, and Northfield communities have...
Broadening the scope of community energy services in Kasson; potentially focusing on youth and...
Research and establish a community solar framework to implement solar projects across the region.
Target three cities in the Southeast and work with local businesses to educate and inform them...
Create a highly adaptable, age appropriate, engaging curriculum for anyone working with young...

Recent Blog Posts

CERTs Community Solar Garden resources
Lissa Pawlisch
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:35pm
The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) have been receiving questions from across Minnesota about Community Solar Gardens. During many of these conversations it became clear that communities needed resources they could use to help subscribers understand how community solar works and what they...
Xcel Energy Solar*Rewards Community program
Frank Jossi
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:23pm
This story by Frank Jossi was originally published by Midwest Energy News. Last Friday, Minnesota’s largest utility began accepting applications for community solar garden projects. It’s anyone guess how many solar garden developers will submit on the first day of business for Xcel Energy‘s Solar...
LED lighting saving energy in a Minnesota turkey barn
Alexis Troschinetz
Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:15am
At this week’s Toasty Turkeys event we shared all sorts of exciting funding options for getting LED lighting in turkey barns. We’ll share more details about the whole event in a future blog post. For now, we wanted to be sure that you don’t miss out on these funding...

Southeast Steering Committee

  • Sig Anderson, CURE & Minnesota Project Board
  • Ed Cohen, Community Member & Energy Expert
  • Lori Frisk-Thompson, Private Consultant
  • Jared Hendricks, Owatonna Public Utilities
  • 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
  • LuAnn Nelson, Southern MN Municipal Power Agency
  • Mark Owens, Mark Owens Residential Design
  • Ray Schmitz, Olmsted CERT
  • Merlene Stiles, KSMQ Public TV in Austin
  • Paul Uecker, Farmer
  • Roger Wacek, Independent Contractor

Southeast 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.

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.