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Clean energy networking event set Tuesday

WADENA--Interested in clean energy projects? Tuesday, energy efficiency and renewable energy enthusiasts who live in central Minnesota will have the opportunity to learn about clean energy projects, network with others who are interested in movin...

WADENA-Interested in clean energy projects?

Tuesday, energy efficiency and renewable energy enthusiasts who live in central Minnesota will have the opportunity to learn about clean energy projects, network with others who are interested in moving projects forward, and plan for opportunities in the year ahead.

Central Clean Energy Resource Team, or Central CERT, will be hosting its Clean Energy Priority Setting and Networking event from 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Depot in Wadena.

Local community leaders, utilities, businesses, congregations, schools, and the general public are invited to join this free event. Register online at https://centralcertdepot.eventbrite.com or call 612-626-0555.

Event participants will:

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• Connect with one another about their own projects and hear what others are doing,

• Give their input on what Central CERT should focus on this year (including events, projects, and resources),

• Identify and share resources with each other, and identify common challenges with which people could use some assistance.

"This should be a fun day with people sharing the work that they are doing around energy efficiency and renewable energy," said Sarah Hayden, Central CERT coordinator, in a news release. "If you have a clean energy idea, or just want to learn more, we hope to see you at this free event."

Agenda:

2 p.m.-Welcome.

2:10 p.m.-Two project showcases, Josh Mason, Detroit Lakes Public Utilities, Community Solar Garden, Ryan Pesch, University of Minnesota Extension, Deep Winter Greenhouses.

2:25 p.m.-Introductions. Share what you're doing, where you're stuck, where you want to go.

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2:50 p.m.-Recap Key Themes, community solar gardens, clean energy financing, deep winter greenhouses, using PACE to support local small businesses, energy efficiency.

2:55 p.m. Small group networking-first round.

3:25 p.m. Small group networking-second round.

3:55 p.m. Highlights of top common issues or opportunities from small groups.

4:05 p.m. Informal Networking, continue the conversation over light snacks.

4:30 p.m. Adjourn.

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