Minnesota Renewable Energy Society

MRES is a member-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Minneapolis in 1978 and incorporated in Minnesota in 1979 to promote the use of, and to engage in advocacy for, renewable energies in Minnesota through education and through the demonstration of practical applications. MRES is involved in education, awareness, and advocacy efforts for all forms of renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on solar technologies.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

To be a key catalyst in advancing solar energy and in transforming Minnesota's energy landscape to embrace efficiency and sustainability.

Our Values

Planning for the long term in order to preserve the commons for future generations; Equitable access to renewable energy for all; Effecting change through education and example; Embodying excellence and positivity; Honesty, science, and truth; And…perseverance.


2017 MRES Board of Directors

MRES Board members are elected each December to begin in January of the following year. MRES elected Board member terms are three years in length. MRES appointed board member terms are one year in length. The board has the power to appoint four 1 year term positions a year. The Executive Committee consists of MRES Board Officers and meets on an as-needed basis. To nominate yourself or another person for the MRES Board of Directors, contact usIf you have questions about Board membership, please contact MRES at (612) 308-4757(612) 308-4757  or info@mnRenewables.org.


Kitty (Kitrina) Stratton

Term: 2015-2018 Kitty earned a Masters of Architecture, Sustainable Building Design Science from University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Design from Purdue University. She is an accomplished design, sales and marketing professional with over 30 years experience in diverse industries with one being a National Accounts manager for a graphic arts finisher with General Mills, Kellogg’s and other top food companies and packaging printers as her customers. She is recognized by associates for the ability to build strong relationships, to think critically and solve problems creatively. She also has a love educating and training people on ideas, products, and services. Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and doing other construction related projects is another interest Kitty has, along with gardening, cooking, camping, canoe/kayaking and traveling. She has had the opportunity to travel to many places outside of the US and has lived in Seoul, South Korea. She and her partner, Gary, have started an affordable custom canoe/kayak building business with teaching workshops as one of the goals. Email: kittys@mnrenewables.org

Mark Weber

Term: 2013, 2014-2017 Mark Weber became interested in solar energy in the late 1970’s, but due to the economic conditions at that time, that interest was never explored until 2011. In 2011 he put up a 5.9 kW PV system on his house and became a member of MRES. In addition to MRES, Mark is a long time member of the International Fluid Power Society and has a long relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. Mark is a 30+ year current employee of Eaton Hydraulics in Eden Prairie, where he was elected to the Eaton Society of Inventors due to innovative work on Hydrostatic Transmissions. He has held positions in Engineering, Systems Engineering and Sales at Eaton Hydraulics; working on a variety of vehicles from asphalt pavers to passenger jets. Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison in 1982 and a Master’s of Science from Mississippi State University in 1996. Email: markw@mnrenewables.org

Michael Ujifusa

Term: 2016, 2017-2019 By day Michael Ujifusa is a DevOps Engineer at an online retailer, by night he helps manage this lovely website, MRES' member database, as well as the coordination of MRES' emails blasts and monthly newsletter. While having no previous experience in renewable energy, his interests include, -Energy and sustainability public policy -The inevitable Post-Carbon energy revolution -Autonomous (and electric) cars -Sustainable urban development and policy

Doug Shoemaker

Term: 2005-2007, 2008-2010, 2011-2013, 2014, 2015-2016 Doug Shoemaker retired from Xcel Energy as a service and construction vehicle fleet manager. He is now an active MRES Board member, leading fundraising, organizing and planning the Minnesota Solar Tour, the Solar Boat Regatta, and many community events for MRES. Outside of MRES, Doug's current volunteer projects include a solar thermal application and wind project with area schools, a solar roof initiative partnership, and a feasibility project for a photovoltaic installation. In 2009, Solar Today magazine, the publication of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), recognized Doug for the many renewable energy and community projects in which he’s been involved, from his key role at MRES as well as with over 20 other renewable energy related committees and task forces. Read the whole story at: www.solartoday.org/heroes E-mail: dougs@mnRenewables.org

Barbara Lunde

Term: 2014, 2015-2017 Barbara Lunde retired from the Commercial Space Transportation Office of the Federal Aviation Administration. She is now an active MRES board member, planning the house tour. Barbara’s previous solar projects include the steam generating system at the Iowa Capitol Complex, a solar water heating system in Des Moines, IA, and a study of the performance of the solar heating and cooling system at the Raccoon Valley State Bank in Adel, IA. She has had a continuing interest in renewable energy, serving as a volunteer at the solar decathelon, in Washington, DC. E-mail: barbaral@mnRenewables.org

Ben Bissonette

Term: 2017 Ben Bissonette has worked in public accounting at Deloitte since 2015 and is an accredited CPA. He currently sits as the Treasurer of MRES and assists with financial decision making, budgeting and bookkeeping. Ben first got interested in renewable energy in high school and furthered his passion by taking courses in environmental studies at Saint John’s University (MN), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting & Finance.

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