Pine Journal - Mahtowa church, community center get energy efficiency grant


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mahtowa’s Salem Lutheran Church is off to an energizing start to 2018, after receiving a $1,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) earlier this month.

“We can’t wait to get started on our project, LED Lighting Conversion,” said Pastor Beth Pottratz.”

Salem Lutheran Church, along with the neighboring community center it operates, Salem’s Mahtowa Hall, are lit by approximately 270 incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. The church is seeking to reduce its carbon footprint and reduce energy use and costs while inspiring other churches, organizations, and homeowners to do the same.

The award is one of 39 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at

“CERTs provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind,” said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Director. “First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community, and ecological benefits.”

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