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 Bair
Southwest CERT Coordinator
SRDC
Email, 507-836-1631
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

Kids learning about energy on the Prairie Ecology Bus

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...

Recent Blog Posts

Statewide view from the MN Solar Suitability App
Dan Thiede
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:50pm
Did you know that Minnesota has an award-winning Solar Dream Team? It’s true! CERTs is helping a talented team of GIS professionals design an online mapping application for solar energy that will serve an array of stakeholders and the energy industry through the coming boom in solar—and...
Minnesota GreenStep Cities staff
MPCA
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:36pm
The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program is designed to challenge, assist, and recognize Minnesota cities that are “green stars.” Cities are challenged to work through a series of steps—and recognized for steps they’ve already taken—that increase the community’s...
A home with solar in Minneapolis
Trevor Drake
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:23am
We often receive questions from homeowners about how to get started with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Recently a gentleman named Jim in Corcoran, MN reached out to us with a question on this topic, and we decided to share the answer with everyone in the hopes that it will help...

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
  • Ken Hoime, Rock County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Steve Ritter, Lyon County, RMEB
  • Dennis Timmerman, Agriculture Utilization and Research Institute

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

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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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