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Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014

Monthly Guest Speaker

Join us at our monthly Guest Speaker and Board Meeting every 2nd Thursday of the month. Open to the public, attendance is free (there is a small cost for the provided food and drink).

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Highlight of sites on our May 31st tour.


Mayflower Church 
106 East Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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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

Tour Guidebooks for sale now!

Join us for the 1st ever EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour, brought to you by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society!

On May 31st, 2014, from 10am to 4pm, you can tour some of the leading homes and businesses in the area and learn how they became the best energy savers on the block! Visit any or all of the 8 sites that tackle the challenging combination of our cold winters and hot summers with smart design choices, cutting edge building techniques, and onsite renewable energy systems.

CALL FOR ARTISTS:Ten designs sought to showcase creative possibilities for “art-eco”

(Cambridge, Mass.) — Iconic Energy Consulting, as a finalist in Harvard’s Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, has announced a call for artists seeking ten artistic designs centered on enhancing renewable energy projects.

Ten winning design proposals will receive an award of $250. Artists may submit an unlimited number of proposals and may be eligible for more than one award.

Awarded proposals will be presented live in the final round of the Harvard Deans’ Challenge and on the Iconic Energy website to help prospective clients visualize a range of possibilities associated with the transformative nature of public art in helping communities embrace and understand renewable energy.

Solar Thermal Rebates Available

Solar thermal rebates for qualifying Made in Minnesota (MiM) solar air heating collectors and solar water heating collectors are still available. Rebate applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis until the 2014 solar thermal rebate funding is fully reserved.  These rebates are available to customers of Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power, Ottertail Power, and Alliant Energy.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) Division of Energy Resources (DER) reported today that approximately $160,000 in rebate funding remains available. 

More information about the MiM rebate program is available at: www.mn.gov/made-in-minnesota.

Value of Solar Tariff Presentation

Thursday, April 3, 2014

6:30 pm -7:15 pm

Mayflower Church 
106 East Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Value of Solar Tariff Presentation

In the Fall of 2013 a group of law students from the University of Minnesota Law Clinic began working with MRES to construct helpful comments to assist the Public Utilities Commission to make a decision on the Value of Solar Tariff methodology that would strengthen the growth of solar in Minnesota.

Sites announced for the May 31st EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour

We are excited to announce the sites for the MN Renewable Energy Society's 1st ever EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour, May 31st, 2014. Touring these sites will provide a full day of education on how to create beautiful homes and businesses that are the best energy savers on the block! Spend the day touring 8 projects that tackle the challenge of our cold winters and hot summers with smart design choices and solid building techniques combined with renewable energy technologies.

MRES to Conduct Wind Market Assessment

We are excited to announce that MRES has been chosen by the MN Department of Commerce to conduct an assessment of the distributed wind market in Minnesota for small to mid-sized turbines. MRES recruited an excellent and diverse team to work on this project, including Brian Ross and Abby Finis of CR Planning, Fritz Ebinger from The Minnesota Project, John Dunlop of Renewable Energy Services and Heather Rhoades-Weaver from eFormative Options. The first task for this team will be to conduct a survey of wind installers, sites assessors and dealers that conduct business in Minnesota. If you are one of these people and would like to be contacted to take the survey please email laurab@mnrenewables.org.