Southwest Region

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

 
Goals:

  • Export more renewable energy in the region than energy imported and consumed, largely through conservation
  • Encourage development of renewable energy projects through entrepreneurship
  • Collaborate with local partners to spread energy efficiency news and success stories about clean energy projects
  • Increase the use of biofuels in the region

Efforts:

  • Encouraging community solar photovoltaic (PV) farms, researching the feasibility and practicality of mobile renewable energy systems in the region.
  • Providing resources to educational groups (e.g., YES! and MNSCU).
  • Working with The Minnesota Project and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association to investigate air quality and energy efficiency on farms.
  • Developing a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) pilot project in the region.

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Southwest Contact

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Annette Fiedler
Southwest CERT Coordinator
SRDC
Email, 507-836-1631
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drew Hage
Drew Hage
Development Planner
SRDC
Email, 507-836-1633

Upcoming Southwest Events

Kids learning about energy on the Prairie Ecology Bus

Recent Blog Posts

PACE in southern MN
Annette Fiedler
Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:47am
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a new way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to the buildings of commercial property owners in cities and counties that allow it. Energy-saving measures pursued by the owners receive project financing and are repaid as a separate...
Map of community solar programs in Minnesota
Dan Thiede
Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:04pm
Interest in community solar gardens has been exploding in recent months, and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) has been busy keeping up with the demand for information and technical assistance. Minnesota has nearly two hundred utilities that can be categorized as investor-owned, cooperative...
Minnesota GreenCorps Program
Dan Thiede
Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:55am
Minnesota GreenCorps is recruiting the next generation of environmental leaders… do you know someone who has what it takes? Minnesota GreenCorps helps communities across Minnesota prepare for a strong and resilient future by using environmental best practices that achieve results....

Southwest Case Studies

Everyone would like to save money on utility bills, and most people want to conserve our natural resources, right? Well, in Southwest Minnesota,...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
With a vast agricultural industry and resources spread over fields and acres, how do you measure the true renewable energy resources of Minnesota?...

Southwest 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.

Research the cost of developing a community Solar PV Farm. If the project is determined to be...
Connect students and faculty from area high school and college campuses around researching and...
Beyond generally looking into energy efficiency in the agriculture sector, this group was...
Research the feasibility and practicality of mobile renewable energy systems. Two systems that...
Enable financing for business & commercial energy efficiency improvements potentially coupled...

Southwest Steering Committee

  • Anne Dybsetter, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Cheryl Glaeser, Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Paul Pierson, US Department of Agriculture
  • Steve Flohrs, Martin County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Roxanne Hayenga, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • David Henkels, Jackson County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Ken Hoime, Rock County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Nan Larson, Agriculture Utilization and Research Institute
  • Steve Ritter, Lyon County, RMEB

At Large Members:

  • Julie Rath, Redwood Area Development Corporation
  • Jennifer Prins, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • David Benson, University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Energy Committee
  • Miron Carney, Mayor, City of Slayton

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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.

Southwest Community Groups


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More Resources for the Southwest 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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