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What's New at MRES?

March Speaker Meeting:

The Aurora Project - How solar beat natural gas in MN

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Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014

MRES Committee Meetings

Monthly committee meetings are open to all and led by members. Want to help? Just show up:

Advocacy 1st Thursday 6:30-8:30pm

Curriculum/Training 4th Thursday 6:30-8:30pm

Events 1st Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm

Finance/Fundraising 3rd Thursday 6:30-8:30pm

Outreach 4th Monday 6:00–8:00pm

International 4th Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm

Recent MRES News, Stories, and Discussion

MN Renewable Energy Society wins large grant to install 1 MW of Community Solar Gardens in Xcel Energy territory

Minneapolis, August 4th, 2014 - The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) will be launching a $4 million community solar project this fall with the assistance of a $2.6 million grant from the Renewable Development Fund. The grant is funded by Xcel Energy customers under a state-mandated program initiated 20 years ago. Xcel Energy contributes money annually to the fund based on the number of dry used fuel storage containers at its two Minnesota nuclear plants. This year more than 20 renewable energy projects were funded with $42 million.

Volunteers Needed!

Solar enthusiasts needed! All solar enthusiasts — expert or novice — are invited to volunteer as Solar Area Educators with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) and the Connect To The Sun exhibit in The Eco Experience building at the Minnesota State Fair. We need volunteers (18+ years) to staff the Solar Area of The Eco Experience. Volunteers receive free State Fair admission, solar training on Aug 7th, and an MRES Volunteer t-shirt.

This year we will have volunteers choose the area they will work and be specially trained in. The fours areas are:

Land Needed for MRES Community Solar Project!

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society has been granted a Renewable Development Fund (RDF) grant to create two community solar gardens (CSGs) in Xcel Energy Minnesota territory. Goals of this project will be to pilot CSG installation practices by non-profit community entities, evaluate the market value of local versus remote CSG participation, and publicly document the Solar Goes Here!critical path decision-making that public or non-profit entities must attend to in order to realize a successful installation and attract subscribers.

Solar Tour Sites Needed in Greater Minnesota!

Put Your Site on the Tour

If you have installed a solar electric, solar hot water, passive or active solar hot air, ground-source heat, and/or wind energy system at your home or business and would like to have your site in the Solar Tour, we invite you to apply to be a site. We are only looking for sites in Southeast MN, Southwest MN, Northeast MN, Northwest MN and Central MN.

Contact Chris Meyer to discuss what is involved in being a Tour Site at chrism@mnrenewables.org

Tour Site video for potential site owners:
Solar Tour Overview Video

Connect with Renewable Energy in MN!

Did you know that there are lots of ways to find out what MRES and all of our other renewable energy partners are doing across the state, all year long?


Facebook is our most used frequently updated social media site. You can stay connected with local renewable energy news, MRES events, classes, funny memes, pictures and videos.




On our Pinterest page you can find pictures of new technology ideas, installations, solar oven recipes and infographics of renewable energy topics.



Upcoming Distributed Wind Webinars: Market Developments and Best Practices

You’re invited to participate in a series of public webinars on distributed wind – the use of wind turbines used at homes, farms, businesses, public facilities, and remote sites to offset all or a portion of local energy consumption – covering a broad range of topics on market developments and best practices, including performance estimation, site assessment and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant application process.

The webinars will build recommendations and opportunities identified through round-table discussions, survey responses from market participants, and guidance from the Department of Commerce and address questions on overcoming key market issues and barriers. Ample time will be allowed for facilitated Q&A sessions among panels and additional industry experts to ensure engaged stakeholder participation.