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!



   
Southwest Clean Energy Resource Team (SW CERT) is offering the Southwest Clean Energy Accelerator Seed Grant opportunity to help jump start clean energy and renewable energy projects in the SW CERT Region. The intent of this fund is to help local units of government and non-profit organizations in the SW CERT Region identify, benchmark, measure and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Apply today!


 
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

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

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Recent Blog Posts

The state of Minnesota recently installed solar panels on the roof of a legislative office building.
Frank Jossi
Fri, 09/14/2018 - 9:57am
This article is reposted from the original by Frank Jossi in Midwest Energy News. Cities, school districts, and government agencies are using a shared contract to streamline the process of procuring solar power. The state of Minnesota and nearly a dozen other government entities will use a...
EV fast charger grant dollars available in MN
Joel Haskard
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 4:36pm
On July 5, the MPCA released a request for proposal (RFP) for electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations using Volkswagen settlement funds. The purpose of the grant is to reduce air pollution by expanding access to EV charging across the state. The RFP makes available approximately $1.4 million to...
40 Under 40 from Midwest Energy News
Dan Thiede
Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:54am
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are a proud partner of the 4th annual Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Awards program that seeks to highlight emerging leaders throughout the region who work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The program is open to all who are under 40 at...

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

  • David Benson, University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Energy Committee
  • Anne Dybsetter, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Steve Flohrs, Martin County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Roxanne Hayenga, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Nan Larson, Agriculture Utilization and Research Institute
  • Gary Overgaard, Rock County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Steve Ritter, Lyon County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Don Wachal, Jackson County Commissioner, RMEB

At Large Members:

  • Abraham Algadi, Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • Miron Carney, Mayor, City of Slayton
  • Tracey Haberman, Nobles Cooperative Electric
  • Laura Malwitz, Siemens Energy & Environmental Solutions
  • Paul Pierson, Small Business Development Center Minnesota
  • Julie Rath, Redwood Area Development Corporation
  • Vince Robinson, Development Services, Inc.

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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. 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.

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