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

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

Northfield ARTech students with Southeast CERT tour group

Recent Blog Posts

Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 award program
Dan Thiede
Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:21pm
Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 award program highlights emerging leaders throughout the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. This year’s cohort of Midwest-based leaders and innovators from all sectors—industry, government, regulatory, business,...
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Fritz Ebinger
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:31pm
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson asks livestock producers to apply for a portion of $2 million in grants available for on-farm improvements. “Livestock Investment Grants help farmers stay competitive and reinvest in their industry. Last year, we had 104 livestock...
If your furnace looks like this it may be time for an upgrade
MN Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 09/21/2016 - 8:24am
As another Minnesota winter approaches, homeowners may be looking to replace an old, worn-out or inefficient heating system with a new high-efficiency model. Most furnaces have a useful life of 15-20 years, while most boilers will last 20-30 years. If your furnace or boiler is nearing the end of...

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

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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. 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