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Welcome to MRES

What's New at MRES?

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Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015 - Saturday, March 14, 2015

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, February 12, 2015

Presentation: Overview of Mortenson’s Solar Work – U.S.

Steve Hansen is Director of Business Development for Mortenson Construction’s Solar Group, the country’s #3 largest Solar EPC contractor in 2014. Steve will talk about the diverse market segments Mortenson Construction operates in and will give an overview of the Renewable Energy Group’s work in wind and solar wrapping up with some interesting features of some of the world’s largest solar generating assets.”

 

Mortenson is the newest Premier Business Member of MRES.

Location: 

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

Day at the Capitol - We Need You!

Minnesota needs a responsible clean energy plan for Minnesota that will build on existing laws to transition our state to clean renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. Call on your state leaders to support clean energy in 2015!

The MN Renewable Energy Society joins 60+ labor, energy, faith, youth and conservation groups as part of the 2015 Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign to call for a clean energy plan that:

  • Increases the existing Renewable Energy Standard to 40% by 2030;
  • Improves the yearly energy savings goal for utilities from 1.5% to 2%; and
  • Implements policies that will grow renewable energy in Greater Minnesota.

This responsible plan will help Minnesota transition to clean, renewable energy while helping to protect our lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water from mercury and other water pollution; preserve Minnesota’s four seasons; creating and keeping good jobs and investments in communities across Minnesota; and saving money for families and businesses in the long-run. It’s the right thing to do.

Support a responsible clean energy plan for Minnesota.  Let’s make Minnesota a leader in clean energy in 2015!

Homes needed for the 2015 EcoMetro Tour!

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) will be conducting another fabulous Twin Cities based, 11 County Metro Area Sustainable Home Tour in 2015 on Saturday May 30th!

For the Metro Area MRES will be choosing 8 to 10 of the highest quality sites and feature them in an 8 x11 full color guidebook. This guidebook will act as tour goers' “ticket” to visit the sites and will cost approximately $10-15 per person to purchase. 

Please check out our 2014 guidebook to get an idea of the direction MRES is looking to go this Spring. Please call us with any questions!

To be eligible for the tour:

Community Solar Survey

As some of you may know, 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.

To best service this project please help us evaluate the market in Minnesota from the perspective of a potential customer by taking our short survey. The information will be used to analzye community solar markets in Minnesota. Community solar gardens are centralized solar facilities owned by individual community members through purchasing subscriptions. Subscription holders then receive credit on their electricity bill for the power produced by their subscriptions. With community solar, any resident or business can take advantage of solar power, even renters! Customers receive the same financial and carbon reduction benefits as they would if the solar panels were installed on their own roof.

Results will be shared widely with our non-profit and business partners. One winner will receive a $50 Target Gift Card!

Click here to take the survey!

Applications open January 1 for 2015 Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program

Applications for the second year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program will be accepted beginning January 1 and ending February 28, 2015. The program, entering its second year, helps fund new solar electric and solar thermal systems for Minnesota residents, businesses, and communities. The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Community Solar Guidance Released for Consumers

Here at MRES we have been flooded with calls from people, businesses, and communities interested in becoming subscribers to community solar gardens. These calls have also been flooding into the Department of Energy Resources (DER), the Clean Energy Resources Teams (CERTs) and many other offices. In order to help address these questions and concerns for this new model of solar CERTs, DER and MRES have collaborated to create three different pieces to help everyone become an educated consumer!

First is the Disclosure Checklist. This is the list of items that every community solar operator, the group trying to sell you a subscription, should disclose to you by law, as mandated by state legislation. These items are meant to ensure that the operator has set up a viable business model that will result in the garden operating for the full 25 years it is supposed to produce electricity for.

Business Member Highlight: Solar Connection

Solar Connection in Rochester Minnesota is still making progress toward their goal of making solar a mainstream idea in the area.   The company has just crossed the four year mark, and has installations up approximately 40% from 2013.  “We have had decent growth each year” says owner, Curt Shellum, “enough to move forward but not so much that it overwhelmed us. We are continually learning how to do things better, increasing both our ease at which we do projects and our ability to get them in the first place."   

Zumbro Falls, MN, 39.4 kW PV System on a Dairy Barn