Fall Energy Expo

The Cook County Local Energy Project is pleased to sponsor a Fall Energy Efficiency Expo

Save the Date~
Saturday, October 1st, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais

9:00am - Coffee and doughnuts
All Day - Pellet Stoves 101, with area vendors
9:30 - Preparing for Winter: A Home Energy Efficiency Pep Talk; by Home Energy Auditor Mike Senty
10:30 - The Residential Energy Efficiency Program for Homes & Businesses (REEP); by Staci Drouillard, CCLEP
11:00 - Straight Talk about Carbon Fee and Dividend & Climate Change; by the Cook County Citizen's Climate Lobby
11:30 - Catered Lunch for RSVP'd attendees
12:30 - Going Solar, A Local "Solar Panel"; with Jennifer Stoltz from the Cook County CoOp, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, from the Art House B & B and Staci Drouillard, an off-grid solar homeowner
1:30 - Keynote Presentation: A Solar How To, with Jason Edens from the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)
This session will cover the solar technologies for long-term energy and economic 
benefit. We will also discuss assessing sites, the current utility and state incentives, economics, and other costs and benefits of solar energy. Finally, we will discuss RREAL's unique Solar Assistance program which provides solar energy systems to low-income households and communities in an effort to fight energy poverty with solar power!
2:30 - 4:00 Your Choice of One of Three Energy Efficiency Tours: 
1) A Solar PV Home with Solar Oven; 
2) Your Maximum Efficiency Root Cellar; 
3) Solar Thermal Heating for your Home or Business

The Fall Energy Expo is sponsored in part by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.

All events are FREE.
Please RSVP before September 24th to:  [email protected]
Going Solar Electric: A Cook County Guide For more information see "Solar" under our Programs link.

We are pleased to announce record attendance for the Building Workshop that was held on February 3, 2016! Thank you to Cook County Extension for co-hosting the event, in conjunction with Arrowhead Cooperative, Buck's Hardware, Cook County Chamber of Commerce, the Cook County/Grand Marais EDA, Cook County Home Center, Cook County Planning and Zoning, Enercept, Grand Marais PUC, InFaith Community Fund, Isak Hanson's, Sawtooth Lumber and Marvin Windows.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is now available in Cook County.

Solar Installation Survey If you own a solar PV system in Cook County, please fill out the Solar Survey.

The Cook CountyLocal EnergyProject (CCLEP) is a nonprofit organization working for energy efficiency and clean, local, renewable energy development in Cook County, Minnesota.

CCLEP Action Plan

  • Engender community conversation about energy issues through public meetings, radio shows, newspaper articles, on-line postings, and a dedicated website. 
  • Build and strengthen a network of interested parties to improve communication about, and increase coordination of, local energy projects.
  • Investigate feasibility of various energy efficiency and renewable energy production options specific to Cook County.
  • Gather, organize, and make available, information about energy issues.
  • Develop and maintain a website to make energy information easy to access and useful to our community.
  • Engage with local units of government to enact policies that enhance local energy efficiency and renewable energy development.
  • Encourage the establishment of a local energy industry by assisting local businesses and non-profits with their energy projects.
  • Develop, maintain and implement a county wide Energy Plan. 

We pursue this goal in order to achieve the following community benefits:
  • Retain energy dollars in our local economy.
  • Create jobs.
  • Improve quality of life through more comfortable, less-costly, energy efficient housing.
  • Buffer our community from unstable energy supply and pricing.
  • Reduce harmful climatic and environmental effects of fossil fuel use.
  • Reduce dependence on foreign oil.
  • Increase local self-reliance.
  • Transfer wealth and power into the hands of local citizens and their local utilities.