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MRES is a catalyst, advancing a sustainable society and a renewable energy economy for all through education and leadership.


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2019 Eco Experience

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Eco Experience volunteers receive a free admission ticket to the Minnesota State Fair!

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MRES is hosting the national ASES Solar Conference

Monthly Speaker Series

Thursday, July 18 Mayflower Church

Networking: 5:30-6:00pm

Speaker: 6:00-7:00pm

A New Frontier for Community Solar Gardens:
Low Income Residents

Minnesota has the largest community solar garden program in the country. The community solar program has been lauded for helping develop a more robust solar industry in Minnesota that created hundreds of jobs while saving businesses, nonprofits and homeowners millions of dollars. It is to many observers a national model.

Much of the actual energy capacity, however, is subscribed by commercial and nonprofit interests and not residents. The lack of residential subscriptions continues to be an area of concern, in particular for low income subscribers that could benefit from the CSG program.

This talk will address current general trends in residential subscriptions and then look at several innovative programs to reach lower income households that could use CSG programs to reduce utility bills. Projects discussed range from the North Side of Minneapolis and Duluth’s Lincoln Park to those happening in Greater Minnesota and Native American reservations.

Minnesota’s community solar leadership is being bolstered by innovative approaches to making the program more inclusive to all income levels. Come here about it at the next talk!

About the Speaker:

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Frank Jossi

Minnesota Correspondent

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Since 2014 Frank Jossi has been the Minnesota correspondent for Midwest Energy News, an online publication started several years ago by the clean energy advocacy organization Fresh Energy. The website has spawned Energy News Network, which includes regional websites covering clean energy news in the Southeast, Northeast and West. Frank writes a monthly column “Sustainable” for Finance & Commerce, which recently won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Frank’s articles have appeared in more than 60 publications, from the Los Angeles Times to Ensia. His background includes serving as program director for the World Press Institute at Macalester College, working at newspapers and magazines and teaching overseas in Pakistan and Albania as a Fulbright scholar. He has spoken widely at conferences and colleges.


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