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

Upcoming Southeast Events

Northfield ARTech students with Southeast CERT tour group

Recent Blog Posts

Charging station ribbon cutting event
Joel Haskard
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 2:14pm
If you are traveling down south to Austin, Minnesota (home of the Spam Museum), be sure to check out their new solar-powered electric vehicle charger! Partially funded by a CERTs Seed Grant, the system was installed by Austin Utilities with the help of Riverland Community College students. Kelly...
Joel Haskard
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:44pm
Power Up Winona Community Solar is a group of 20 citizens formed with the commitment of bringing a 1 MW community solar garden (CSG) to Xcel Energy territory in Winona County. They are close to realizing a CSG which will have about 30-40% residential subscriptions and 60-70% local institutions....
Rochester Energy Commission
Joel Haskard
Sun, 09/20/2015 - 2:56pm
In 2014 few people knew that the Rochester Energy Commission (REC) existed and had been around since 2010. The REC lacked any branding and outreach, and did not have the resources to address these needs. Thanks in part to a CERTs Seed Grant, that has now changed. With a new tri-fold brochure and...

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.