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The Eco Experience at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair

August 27–September 7, 2015

Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; Located in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue.

The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair is an indoor green space with lush rain gardens, an eco home, live entertainment, and cutting-edge displays on renewable energy, new fuels and vehicles, and organic farming. Perfect for do-it-yourselfers, techies, gardeners, and nature-lovers, the space features a children's area with fun for kids of all ages. The Eco Experience is presented by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Bring your family, bring a friend — get in on The Eco Experience!

The Eco Experience is located in the Progress Center building (J-9 on map) at the corner of Cooper Street and Randall Avenue on the State Fairgrounds. The 2015 Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, August 27, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Park and ride information is available online at Visit for more information about The Eco Experience.

Become a Solar Area Partner

We invite solar businesses to partner with us in the Solar Area of The Eco Experience during the Minnesota State Fair. Please contact Laura at or 612-963-4757 for more information.

About Connect To The Sun

As part of The Eco Experience at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair the solar exhibit walks visitors through the world of solar energy in simple terms with demonstrations of actual equipment. Guests can learn about using energy from the sun to power their home and pick up information about exciting, community-based energy projects. The MRES Connect To The Sun exhibit highlights ways individuals can learn about and support solar energy in their lives.


Make waves with a solar powered boat that sailed in the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society's Solar Boat Regatta.


Find out about all of the new rebates, community solar and more!

Connect to the Sun inside and outside this year at The Eco Experience through Solar Area displays demonstrating full-scale home applications to simple hand-held devices. Outside is the Tiny Solar House, with hot water hand washing, air heat and solar electricity, with a water fountain controlled by you and the sun. Come see a solar-powered boat and a solar car charging station for electric cars. Talk with one of our many volunteers about how you too can Connect to the Sun.

Volunteers Needed!

Solar enthusiasts needed! All solar enthusiasts — expert or novice — are invited to volunteer as Solar Area Educators with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) and the Connect To The Sun exhibit in The Eco Experience building at the Minnesota State Fair. We need volunteers (18+ years) to staff the Solar Area of The Eco Experience. Volunteers receive free State Fair admission, solar training, and an Eco Experience t-shirt.

Check back to sign up for your shift on the VolunteerSpot website


Required Volunteer Training

Make sure you sign up for your shift BEFORE coming to this training. Special areas are being assigned to volunteers this year. Food will be served!

When:  Monday, Aug 17th

5:00pm - Ticket and T-Shirt Line starts
*Food, Networking*
6:00pm - Training Starts
                Eric Jensen - MRES Introduction
                Elizabeth Bremer - The MRES Community Solar Garden
                Dustin Denison - Solar 202
                Kim Havey - Rebates, Incentives and Tax Credits
                Laura Burrington - Volunteer Responsibilities
                Partner Introductions - Made in MN Product Overview
8:00pm - Finish
Where: Minnesota State Fair Grounds
Libby Conference Center
1311 Cosgrove St.
St. Paul, MN 55108