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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

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.

Community Solar Organizer Job Opening

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society has been awarded a Renewable Development Fund (RDF) grant to build two community solar gardens (CSGs) in Xcel Energy Minnesota territory.  One garden will be sited in an urban setting and one will be sited in a more rural area.

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, provide targeted and broad education around the concept of CSGs in Minnesota, 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.

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.

Get on the bus! Duluth Solar Tour offered October 4th

Join a bus tour of some of Duluth’s solar energy production sites on Saturday, October 4th.  We’ll check out a variety of solar projects in the area – on a home, atop St. Louis County buildings, at the University of Minnesota Duluth  &  at the Hartley Nature Center.  We’ll also drive-by the site of a future community solar garden. This is a great way to find out more about how Minnesota’s strong clean energy policies and solar potential have made Minnesota a solar leader. And it will be a great chance to talk to folks about how solar is saving money and reducing pollution!