Worthington Daily Globe - Area communities awarded CERTs grants


by Staff
Monday, February 26, 2018

WORTHINGTON — The Clean Energy Resource Teams have announced 39 seed grant awards to organizations across Minnesota. Each region was awarded approximately $20,000.

In southwest Minnesota, recipients included:

The city of Windom, $3,000 for solar-powered welcome signs. Windom had two solar-powered welcome signs installed in 2012 that have experienced a number of reliability issues and are currently not in operation. The CERT seed grant will enable the city to correct the reliability issues, while at the same time provide a case study for others learn what to avoid in design and updating.

Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, $3,200 for LED lighting upgrades. Federated’s Jackson headquarters plans to upgrade to LED lighting, including 225 T8 tube lights in 26 rooms, halls and meeting rooms; 20 wall packs and lantern lights / high pressure sodium; 15 mercury vapor lights in warehouse to LED; and upgrade 23 mogul-base CFL’s in the cold storage warehouse.

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP), Slayton, $5,000 for residential blower door testing. SWMHP recently began to offer blower door testing as a line of business when new building code regulations went into effect that required testing on all new single family homes. This data has provided useful information to identify potential issues with the energy efficiency of a home and to understand how homes measure up when using green standards. Through this grant, pre- and post-blower door testing will be done on a minimum of 15 single family homes or small rental developments.

Worthington HRA, $3,800, for Atrium parking lot lighting. The existing parking lot lights will be replaced by LED lighting and additional new parking lot lights will be added, also LED. The replacement lighting will decrease electrical usage and with the added LED lighting, the parking lot will be well lit for tenant and visitor safety and will consume less electricity than existing lighting.

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