Upcoming Classes & Workshops
Monthly Guest Speaker
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A Virtual Solar Tour
See what is out there in solar PV in Minnesota and around the country. Kelly and Cari will present a unique perspective on projects from 200 kW to 30 MW, with pictures, and information on how these projects are developed and constructed.
Recent MRES News, Stories, and Discussion
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:57pm
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 critical path decision-making that public or non-profit entities must attend to in order to realize a successful installation and attract subscribers.
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:36am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour Site video for potential site owners:
Solar Tour Overview Video
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:08pm
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.
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:41pm
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.
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 7:48am
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The new EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour will be highlighting eight very special sites that have worked hard to become beacons of sustainable living here in the Twin Cities Metro area. These families and businesses will be on-site the day of the tour to talk to you about how they have achieved various aspects of sustainability, lessons learned and help you figure out the next steps you can take to make your life, home and business more sustainable.
Each guidebook will act as one ticket to go on the tour, children under 12 years old are free.
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:49pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINNEAPOLIS May 20, 2014 - Eight metro area homes and businesses will be featured on the first EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour Saturday, May 31. The self-guided tour, sponsored by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), offers open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guidebooks available in advance at several locations will serve as tickets and cost $10 or $12; children 12 and under are free.
Tour participants can choose to visit any or all of the eight sites. Sites include homes in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville and Hudson, Wis.; farms in Shafer and Afton; and the Tiny Diner restaurant in Minneapolis. Homes include modest remodels, luxurious homes, a new Habitat for Humanity home and a certified passive house that doesn’t have a furnace.