Fritz Ebinger

CERTs bids farewell to Rural Energy Development Program Manager Fritz Ebinger

What do you get when you cross an attorney with someone who is comfortable doing a solar site assessment on top of a barn roof?

Fritz Ebinger!

As CERTs’ long time Rural Energy Development Manager, Fritz has proven that being an attorney and a clean energy nerd go hand-in-hand.

Fritz was initially lured to Minnesota from Iowa by St. John’s University. He spent years in the Peace Corps, earned his JD from Drake University Law School, speaks fluent Spanish, and is likely to be the first person to bring you soup when you’re having a crisis. Fritz has been an integral part of our CERTs family for a decade and has shaped our work with farmers and small businesses. 

Fritz explains solar energy systems on Farm Connections

Fritz is known for his dedication to giving detailed and timely answers to questions from Minnesota land owners and agricultural producers. His work has been a foundational part of CERTs’ theory of change: there is room for everyone in the clean energy economy — we just need to meet people where they are. Fritz has done that each and every day with detailed energy assessments, nerdy reviews of state and federal regulations, and good humor — including a lot of dad jokes.

Eat your energy efficiency vegetables first.

Fritz Ebinger

From energy efficiency within poultry barns, to solar as a “third crop” with corn and soybean farmers, to energy reduction work with Latino business owners, Fritz’s work has made an impact across the state. As he embarks on his next professional journey — and his current adventure with his family in Europe — we wish him all the best and thank him for his years of excellent work and team comradery. 

The Greatest Hits of Fritz

From tax revenue to land owner payments to the prime farmland rule and more, Fritz created resources that supported landowners with their renewable energy solutions:

Fritz explains solar energy for farmsteads
(part three is coming soon!)

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