Southeast Region

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

 
Southeast Region Priority Areas:

  • Advance community solar gardens in and with communities across the Southeast region
  • Work to engage more youth in clean energy projects including by supporting regional school teams, extracurricular teams, and Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams in their energy efficiency and renewable energy education efforts
  • Explore opportunities to scale-up the use of hybrid energy systems through information sharing and model project deployment
  • Expand access to capital for renewable energy projects by cataloging local lending programs, highlight existing resources and developing a decision tool to help businesses and non-profits utilize these resources
  • Advance on-farm efficiency and renewable energy opportunities in conjunction with local utilities

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Southeast Contact

Chris Meyer
Chris Meyer
Southeast CERT Coordinator
Email, 507-454-2691

Northfield ARTech students with Southeast CERT tour group

Recent Blog Posts

Waconia Public Schools third-party solar ribbon cutting
Peter Lindstrom
Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:36pm
Minneapolis, Champlin, Forest Lake Area Schools, Lester Prairie, Dakota County, Waconia Public Schools. What do these local governments and schools districts have in common? They are just a sample of public entities that have utilized third-party financing as a means to place solar arrays on...
Ice dam on a home in winter
MN Dept. of Commerce
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:06pm
Before winter gets into full swing, Minnesota homeowners have the opportunity to act now to help prevent ice dams and costly water damage to ceilings and walls.   What’s the problem?   Ice dams are primarily caused by the presence of warm air in the attic, combined with snow...
Blower door test to find leaks during energy audit. Photo courtesy Home Energy Squad
Chris Meyer
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:25am
Safety. This is one of the unheralded benefits of a home energy audit, and a small Southeast CERT Seed Grant which helped fund 17 energy audits in Winona County led to the replacement of furnaces in two low-income households. The audits also included weatherization services and can be credited with...

Southeast Case Studies

High tunnels (also commonly referred to as polytunnels, hoop greenhouses, or hoophouses) are large, generally semi-circle-shaped structures made of...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
The road to energy efficiency isn’t always smooth, but that hasn’t stopped the City of Austin, Minnesota from taking measure after measure to promote...

Southeast Steering Committee

  • Sig Anderson, CURE & Minnesota Project Board
  • Ed Cohen, Community Member & Energy Expert
  • Jared Hendricks, Owatonna Public Utilities
  • Rich Huelskamp, Sun’s Warmth
  • Micah Johnson, Solar Connection
  • Erin Meier, SE Experiment in Rural Cooperation
  • Mark Owens, Mark Owens Residential Design
  • Ray Schmitz, Olmsted CERT
  • Paul Uecker, Farmer
  • Roger Wacek, Independent Contractor

Southeast CERT Operating Procedures

Volunteer & Get Involved

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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. See projects or learn more about grants.

Southeast Community Groups


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More Resources for the Southeast 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.

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