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

The crew at RREAL in Pine River stands in front of their solar air heat collecto

Recent Blog Posts

wood pellets!
Fritz Ebinger
Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:29pm
The U.S. Forest Service recently announced $8 million in grant funding available for applied research projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets and improve forest health. Applications for funding will be accepted through January 23, 2019. Eligible applicants include businesses;...
Map of Minnesota locations on the National Solar Tour
Bailey Atkinson
Sat, 10/20/2018 - 2:58pm
Billed as “the largest grassroots solar, renewable energy, and sustainable living event in the nation,” the National Solar Tour is a collection of solar open houses and local solar tours around the country on October 6 & 7 in 2018. 725 homes across the country participated in 2018,...
PACE counties and stories
Peter Lindstrom
Fri, 09/21/2018 - 3:45pm
From the Greenway Office Building in Minneapolis to Timm’s Trucking in Morristown and from AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji to the First National Bank in Saint Paul, businesses are benefitting from solar and efficiency improvements with no up-front costs and streamlined payments through their...

Central Steering Committee

  • Amy Collins, Missouri River Energy Services
  • Jason Edens, RREAL
  • Jon Fabre, Otter Tail Power Company
  • Andrea Lauer, City of Royalton
  • Hank Ludtke, City of Frazee
  • Sarah Hayden Shaw, Creative Energy Services
  • Quinn Swanson, Happy Dancing Turtle and Hunt Utilities Group
  • Diomy Zamora, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Molly Zins, U of M Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

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CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. See projects or learn more about grants.

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More Resources for the Central 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.

Other Publications:

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission