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What's New at MRES?

September Speaker Meeting:

The Renewable Development Fund - Innovative Projects in MN

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

Thousands Reached as Result of Tour in Greater Minnesota

The Renewable Energy Tour on October 4th had hundreds of attendees and, even better, we had a massive amount of media coverage that helped to bring awareness and educate thousands of people on renewable energy, even if they didn't go on the tour!

The geographic diversity that we reached was impressive and achieves our strategic goals of reaching outside of the Twin Cities metro area and helping encourage the growth of renewable energy for areas with cooperative utilities. This work was made possible thanks to CERTs grants in SE MN and Central MN that allowed us to hire local people to organize their areas, our Board Member Chris Meyer who organized the organizers, Jessica Tritsch with the Sierra club who helped organize Duluth and of course, the homeowners that sat home all Saturday to talk to visitors!

To show the geographic range of press received we created the map below, please click on the map to see each article featured.

Business Member Highlight: Juhl Energy

Written by MRES Outreach Chair, Richard Harrington


Dan Juhl started Juhl Energy (then Juhl Wind) when the state of renewable energy technology was a long way from where it is today. ‘Today, the technology is more reliable and cost effective than ever’, says Juhl, ‘Renewable technologies produce reliable electric power with no fuel, no emissions, no water and no waste. Renewable energy is fast becoming the cheapest option for consumers’.

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.

Sierra Club Releases Survey Results for Solar Permitting in MN

Sierra Club volunteers recently completed a survey of Minnesota municipalities and their solar permitting process and found some common barriers to improved permitting. Permits are part of the "soft costs" that account for 64% of the total costs of installing residential solar projects. Reducing these "soft costs" is as important as providing incentives for the panels themselves; hence the webinar and policy proposals like standard permitting or solar friendly communities.

Take a Tour of Minnesota's Renewable Energy October 4th!

Homes, farms, businesses, schools and even governments in greater Minnesota are opening their doors to the public next month. Come and learn about renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building techniques and sustainability from people who own, live in, or work with renewable energy on Saturday, October 4th. The tour is free, open to the public and self-guided. Check out sites in your area of the state on the MRES website, plan your route and stop by between 10 am and 4pm.  At the writing of this article we have exemplary sites as far north as Ely, east to Wisconsin, south to Winona, west to Granite Falls, and many in the heart of Minnesota. 

Solar Incentives Are On the Table

It's hard to believe and harder to hear, but summer is winding down and Fall is just around the corner.  It might not be the time yet to put up window film and get out the winter coats, but it is the time to think about a bigger project while the weather is still friendly.  And there's some surprising and good news out there, Made in Minnesota solar thermal rebates are still available.