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

Upcoming Southwest Events

Kids learning about energy on the Prairie Ecology Bus

Recent Blog Posts

Right Light App for energy-efficient LED bulbs
Dan Thiede
Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:17am
“All I wanted was a light bulb that would look and feel the same as my old bulb,” said Shaina Brassard, a Minneapolis resident. “When you go to the store you have so many choices now—it can be confusing.” It’s been a few years since new national light bulb efficiency standards took effect...
Dan Thiede
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:42pm
Wondering what strategies were particularly effective for CERTs Seed Grant recipients in 2016? Below are the top ten things that come out of their project reflections. Now we can all benefit from them!   1. Grow community support for your project early.   Taking the time to get...
In 2016 there were 57,351 clean energy jobs in MN
Dan Thiede
Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:49pm
Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) today released a new report called Clean Jobs Midwest from Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs that finds that Minnesota now has 57,351 total clean energy jobs. In the last 12 months, Minnesota’s clean energy industry grew by 5.3 percent,...

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