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Welcome to MRES

What's New at MRES?

October Speaker Meeting:

Building a Sustainable Bioeconomy by Brendan Jordan of the Great Plains Institute


Upcoming Classes & Workshops

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

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

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

Candidates for Election

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society will be conducting board elections Thursday December 11th, 2014. We currently have four seats open for three year terms. The two candidates who are running for these positions are listed below. MRES members were sent ballots to vote online Sunday December 7th. Otherwise, members can vote in person on Thursday December 11th after meeting the candidates at the Annual Report to the Members Meeting. Nominations at the Annual Member Meeting will also be accepted.

The Board will be appointing up to four one year board seats at the January Board Meeting. If you are interested in one of those, please email Laura at or call 612-963-4757.



Do you want to lead Minnesota toward a more renewable future?

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, the state's longest running clean energy focused education non-profit, is seeking applicants for our board of directors.  This is a fantastic opportunity to become a greater part of the renewable community in Minnesota and make a sustantial impact in the future of our state.

Board members gain practical experience in planning and implementing programs, team work, development and implementation of current and new programs, and what it takes to maintain a valuable non-profit organization. You will have the opportunity to become a grassroots leader in the community, meet and work with like minded renewable energy enthusiasts, and develop targeted expertise.

Our Mission

To advance a sustainable society and a renewable energy economy through education, leadership, and example.

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 shared their time and renewable energy systems with 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.