Support from CERTs for an energy transition project in Red Lake
This piece is adapted from a press release originally published by the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) on Jan. 8, 2020.
It is an energizing start to 2020 for the energy team at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, which received a $1,723 seed grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) today.
“We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Ellen Anderson, senior researcher in the energy group and principal investigator on the project. “We can’t wait to move forward with our project, Community-Scale Energy Storage Guide for Renewable Energy, and begin to install a flow battery system.”
The energy team will use funding from CERTs to provide some of the labor costs of battery installation at a demonstration site on the Red Lake Nation. This pilot project will benefit the local community and allow the team to gather information on the value of effective energy storage systems. Additionally, the team will develop a user-friendly energy storage guide with both print and web-based decision tools available to community-level sites that wish to use energy storage to maximize their renewable energy systems.
“We are honored to partner with Red Lake Tribal Council to support their quest for energy sovereignty by providing an energy storage battery to their solar installation on the Tribal Government Center,” said Akisha Everett, IonE’s energy storage project coordinator. “Support from this grant funding will elevate this project!”
The award is one of 35 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the tenth round of Seed Grants from CERTs, totalling more than $1.3 million to 393 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at cleanenergyresourceteams.org/2020grants.
“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.”
Additional funding for the Community-Scale Energy Storage Guide for Renewable Energy project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).