Southwest Region


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

Southwest Region Priority Areas:

  • Assist communities with outdoor swimming pools to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to help reduce costs
  • Garner broader participation and utilization of existing financing tools, specifically scale-up use of RMEB Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
  • Expand partnership and collaborations with youth on clean energy, in particular building on lessons learned from regional Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams
  • Assist cooperatives and municipal utilities with outreach around energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Pilot additional solar projects including exploring how community solar gardens could be expanded to new utilities in southwest Minnesota

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Southwest Contact

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

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

Upcoming Southwest Events

in North Mankato
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Kids learning about energy on the Prairie Ecology Bus

Recent Blog Posts

Recent community solar tour in Pelican Rapids
Maggie Kozak
Sun, 09/20/2015 - 1:01pm
Want to have a voice in Minnesota’s clean energy future? Participate in the upcoming Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan events! CERTs will host four (4) events to gather feedback from Minnesotans statewide. Attendees will have a chance to participate in small group discussions on two of these five...
Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program
Diana McKeown
Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:12pm
The Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Program is a lottery-based incentive available to Minnesotans who install solar equipment that is made in Minnesota. Metro CERT Director Diana McKeown sat down with Kim Havey, Made in Minnesota Solar Program Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, to...
CERTs Seed Grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:53pm
Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help! CERTs seeks to provide Seed Grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota....

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 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
  • David Benson, University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Energy Committee
  • Miron Carney, Mayor, City of Slayton

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.

Southwest Community Groups

Use our map of local community organizations to connect with a group in your part of the state! Explore map.

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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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