Minnesota Solar Congress
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Minnesota Solar Congress

  • West Centeral Reserach & Outreach Center, Morris MN (map)
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The Minnesota Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state. It’s an opportunity to learn, share stories, and celebrate solar energy in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Solar Congress is hosted by Solar United Neighbors, in partnership with the West Central Research and Outreach Center, the University of Minnesota Morris, the Minnesota Farmers Union, Renewing the Countryside, and Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). Our first annual event will focus on solar opportunities in rural communities, for farms, businesses, and homes.

The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology, including solar 101, the economics of solar for farmers, solar + battery storage, the state of solar in Minnesota, and much more! The event will conclude with a tour of the innovative clean energy projects at the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

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State Fair Eco Exeperience
Aug
23
to Sep 3

State Fair Eco Exeperience

Join us at the 2018 State Fair Eco Experience!

MRES is proud to promote solar energy in Minnesota at this year's Eco Experience. Get inspired to lead a more sustainable life with easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos and engaging, interactive exhibits on renewable energy, green technology, organic agriculture, transportation alternatives, healthy cooking, and clean air and water. Presented by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota State Fair.

 

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MRES Sustainable Home Tour
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

MRES Sustainable Home Tour

Join us for the 2018 MRES Sustainable Home Tour!

The MRES Sustainable Home Tour is a free, self-guided event that is open to the public. The tour is designed to help spread knowledge of sustainable living practices by connecting homeowners to the curious public. The event consists of numerous locations state-wide that have agreed to showcase sustainable features of their homes and buildings. Learn about sustainable living practices in your community!

Supported by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the Sustainable Home Tour is a part of a the ASES National Solar Tour, a national event highlighting renewable energy and sustainable living across the country. Stay tuned for details about the 2018 Sustainable Home Tour.

Interested in having your home on the tour? Questions or comments?

Contact Eric Barry at eric.b@mnrenewables.org

 

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Speaker Series
Jul
19
5:30 PM17:30

Speaker Series

The Green Economy as an Economic Development Tool

Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparity gaps in the country in terms of education, economic participation, income, employment, homeownership, and others; The green economy presents a unique opportunity to address climate change and poverty, and reduce these plaguing disparities, all at the same time.

By way of personal and professional experience, Jamez Staples has been working to create an equitable future for people of color while mitigating climate change. His lively talk will highlight Renewable Energy Partners and what they have been actively doing to create positive changes. 

About the Presenter:

  Jamez Staples   President, Renewable Energy Partners

Jamez Staples

President, Renewable Energy Partners

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Jamez Staples is President and CEO of Renewable Energy Partners, a minority-owned solar installation and development company, focused on creating opportunities for communities of color to participate in the renewable energy sector.
 
Staples holds an AA from Normandale Community College and a BA in Business and Marketing from Concordia University. 
 
Staples has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for his work: Green for All/Climate Champion, Rocky Mountain Institute E-Lab, 40 under 40 Change Maker, Humphrey Policy Institute Fellow, Dr. Josie Johnson Fellow (AALF).
 
Staples serves on multiple volunteer committees/boards, which include: Old Highland Neighborhood Association, Chair of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) North Minneapolis Promise Zone, The City of Minneapolis Energy Vision Advisory Committee (EVAC) which informs (first of its kind) the Clean Energy Partnership, and the Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board (TAB).

Staples is also founder of Northgate Development a real estate development firm responsible for the Minneapolis Apprenticeship Training Center in North Minneapolis (MATC). The MATC is a centralized location where adults, and students of the Minneapolis Public School System will have the ability to get hands on career and technical education following the CTECH model that is based in Rochester, MN.

The MATC is the first project along the East Plymouth Innovation Corridor (EPIC). Developments in Process:
1) City of Minneapolis Low income Community Solar Garden roof top of North High School. 1 MGW serves low income households with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public School District as a backup subscriber.
2) Old Home Plaza Community Solar 155 kw system on the recently converted Old Home Creamery which was recently converted to low income housing project.
3) Homework Studios art gallery in North Minneapolis.
4) Emerge second chance building a community solar garden.
5) Minneapolis Apprenticeship Training Center 150 kw system.

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Mahtomedi Area Solar Co-op Info Session #2
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Mahtomedi Area Solar Co-op Info Session #2

Live in Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, or surrounding cities and want to go solar? Now's your chance!

Neighbors across the area have formed the Mahtomedi Area Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United Neighbors, Conservation Minnesota, and the Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters.

Join us for a free information session to learn about solar energy, as well as how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power. The Citizens Utility Board will also present on how to read your utility bill both before and after rooftop solar.

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Speaker Series
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

Speaker Series

Minnesota Solar Pathways: Opportunities for widespread solar development in Minnesota

What portends for Minnesota’s solar industry as solar generation becomes a significant part of Minnesota’s energy portfolio? Do we face a “duck curve” future? Can storage and demand-side management create a predictable solar generation profile? How do electric vehicles fit in to an advanced solar future?

The Minnesota Solar Pathways project’s first year findings shed light on these questions and others about meeting Minnesota’s 10% by 2030 solar goal. Stacy and Brian will introduce the project’s next phase, which will take a more comprehensive look at value propositions and deployment opportunities in Minnesota’s distinct geographic and market areas.


About the Presenters:

Stacy Miller is the Solar Policy Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

At the Division of Energy Resources she offers solar policy support and administers various solar programs for the state including the Minnesota Solar Pathways: Illuminating pathways to 10% solar initiative.  Stacy was the 2017 recipient of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association’s Ralph Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award. She began her renewable energy career with the University of Toledo in 1995—one of the leading thin film photovoltaic research institutions in the country.

  Stacy Miller   Solar Policy Specialist, Clean Energy Technologies

Stacy Miller

Solar Policy Specialist, Clean Energy Technologies

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  Brian Ross   Senior Program Director

Brian Ross

Senior Program Director

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Brian has 30 years of experience working on clean energy, from local government policy and regulation, to state policy and rules including energy utility regulation.  Brian currently leads the Great Plains Institute’s solar energy market transformation efforts across the Midwest and nationally, and local and regional technical assistance programs to implement sustainable practices for clean and resilient energy development and climate protection. 

Brian currently manages the stakeholder engagement process and facilitates the technical committee for the MN Solar Pathways project, a 3-year initiative to model and evaluate solar deployment strategies to meet Minnesota’s statutory 10%-by-2030 solar target.   In the distant past, Brian worked extensively in energy and utility regulation, serving as an expert witness in cost of service and rate design, energy efficiency and renewables, fuel cost reconciliations, and integrated resource planning.

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Speaker Series
May
17
5:30 PM17:30

Speaker Series

Electric Vehicles, Solar and Residential Storage

According to the latest survey from AAA, one in five Americans say they are likely to buy an electric car for their next new vehicle and last month over 55% of vehicles sold in Norway were electric. A few years ago we had to choose from just half a dozen PEV models, but now we have 25 PEV models available in the Midwest.

Public charging infrastructure networks are growing fast and utility companies are getting involved. So transportation electrification is really happening. In this presentation I will talk about how the EV revolution is happening here in Minnesota, and also share some experiences on how residential solar and storage work with EV charging.

  Jukka Kukkonen   Founder of PlugInConnect

Jukka Kukkonen

Founder of PlugInConnect

Jukka Kukkonen is the founder of PlugInConnect, a Minnesota based electric vehicle market and technology consulting firm. He has helped organizations to build successful strategies for the rapidly developing PEV market in the areas of apartment, condominium, workplace and DC fast charging. Jukka has given dozens of EV presentations and workshops since 2010. He has trained various stakeholders from architects and auto salespeople to utility company personnel and public utility commission staff. In 2012 he started the MN PEV Owners Circle that has grown to become one of the largest and most active regional plug-in vehicle owner groups in the nation.  In 2012, Jukka was honored with a Certificate of Recognition from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's office for his work with the EV market in Minnesota, and in 2013 he received the Sustainable St Paul Award.

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Midwest Solar Expo
Apr
30
to May 2

Midwest Solar Expo

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis, Park Place (map)
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The 2018 Midwest Solar Expo returns to Minneapolis for its 5th annual conference, exhibition and Smart Energy Symposium. Join us as we continue to drive the conversation on the Midwest solar market - gain insights from industry experts, receive hands-on product training, enjoy Happy Hour and entertainment while networking with 400+ solar professionals from across the value chain.

Visit www.midwestsolarexpo.com to learn more. 

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Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour

On the 31st annual home tour showing “real homes, real people, real ideas,” attendees will get to experience over 50 homes spanning both Minneapolis and Saint Paul. On the tour, residents open their doors to show practical ideas for remodeling every room in the house, creative ways of finding or adding useful space, or building new to stay in the neighborhoods they love. The tour is free and self-guided Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m.

Learn more: www.msphometour.com

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April Meeting
Apr
19
5:30 PM17:30

April Meeting

**MRES Now Meets on the Third Thursday of Every Month**

SPEAKER PRESENTATION
“MnSEIA Solar Policy Talk: The Legislature and PUC
 

The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association's Policy & Development Director, David Shaffer, will present on the political opportunities and challenges facing Minnesota's solar industry in 2018. His overview will touch upon solar on schools, commercial deployment, community solar, energy storage and more. Even though 2018 is a short legislative session there is plenty to do for the solar industry. Don't miss out on anything impacting one of Minnesota's fastest growing economic sectors! Questions encouraged.  

About the Speaker             

David Shaffer
Policy and Development Director for the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association

David Shaffer is the Policy and Development Director for the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association. He is a graduate of Vermont Law School, is authorized to practice law in Minnesota and is a registered lobbyist for MnSEIA. His work at the state legislative and agency levels has resulted in increases in solar incentive programs, the implementation of successful policy work that helped create over 200MW of community solar throughout Xcel Energy's Minnesota service territory, and many other pro-solar policies. He is also who you should contact for membership in MnSEIA.

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2018 CERTs Conference
Mar
28
to Mar 29

2018 CERTs Conference

  • St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

More and more communities, organizations, and individuals are trying to figure out how they can get energy efficiency and renewable energy projects done. 

The CERTs 2018 Conference on March 28-29 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center provides the resources and connections needed to make it happen. Who wouldn’t want to save energy, cut costs, and be part of Minnesota’s fastest growing jobs sector?

Learn more about the Conference: www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/events/certs2018

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March Meeting
Mar
8
5:30 PM17:30

March Meeting

SPEAKER PRESENTATION
With everything going on, how can I be so optimistic about the future of clean energy? 

Learn where we are today with solar, how we got here, and the hurdles we face in implementing solar subjects like VOST, storm water mitigation, and labor issues from Solar Specialist, Jack Kluempke. He will also discuss exciting technologies, like blockchain technology and Perovskites solar cells, and why he's so optimistic about the future.

About the Speaker             

Jack Kluempke
Solar Specialist

Jack earned his B.S. Degree in Finance/Management from St. John’s University, he also holds an A.A.S. Degree in Energy Technology from Saint Cloud Technical and Community College.  Additional solar education includes graduating from the Saint Paul College’s Solar PV Design and Technical Sales program, MRES’s Solar Site Assessment Certification training in both PV and Solar Thermal.  He earned his NABCEP certification in Solar Sales. 

Jack is currently the Solar Financing Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, he has been with the Department for four and a half years.  Prior to that he and his brother in law started Array Solar, at solar equipment wholesale company.

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February Meeting
Feb
8
5:30 PM17:30

February Meeting

SPEAKER PRESENTATION
Renewable Energy Development at the University of Minnesota 

With 80,000 people, 1000 acres, 250 buildings, and 24 million square feet of space, the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus is almost like a city. All those people and facilities consume a significant amount of energy in order for the University to fulfill its mission of teaching, research, and outreach. Come learn how the University is meeting some of that energy demand with renewable electricity while working to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2050.

About the Speaker             

Shane Stennes
Director of Sustainability
University of Minnesota

Shane Stennes is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Minnesota. In this role, Shane works with staff, students, and faculty to advance campus sustainability, particularly as it relates to energy, food, construction, transportation, water, and waste management systems. For the past two years Shane has been leading the campus' renewable energy program, which currently has contracts for over 57,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity in 2018. Prior to becoming Director of Sustainability in 2015, Shane served in a variety of related roles including Chief Administrative Officer for the University's Facilities Management department and Human Resource Manager for University operations. Shane has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and a Master of Human Resources degree from the University of South Carolina.

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January Meeting
Jan
11
5:30 PM17:30

January Meeting

SPEAKER PRESENTATION
“Xcel Energy's Clean Energy Future”
 

Join Xcel Energy's Manager of Renewable Choice Programs, Kerry Klemm, for an overview of Xcel Energy's ambitious plans to grow renewable energy to 44% renewable and 77% carbon free in the next five years while keeping customer bills low. Learn about how Xcel Energy's customer choice renewables lead the nation and what options you have to personally engage in renewable energy, with time for questions and conversation at the end.
 

About the Speaker             

Kerry Klemm
Manager of Renewable Choice Programs
Xcel Energy

Kerry Klemm currently leads the implementation of Xcel Energy's Renewable / Choice Programs across the company, including private solar programs, community solar, green pricing, EV and time-based rate plans. A long-term Xcel Energy employee, Kerry has enjoyed managing energy-efficiency programs, leading Xcel Energy's product development initiatives and spearheading DSM/energy-efficiency advertising and communication efforts.  When not busy reminding folks that "it's always sunny in solar", Kerry enjoys reading, hiking and exploring the Boundary Waters with her family.

 

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November Meeting
Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

November Meeting

Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:30pm  7:00pm
Mayflower Church

Speaker Presentation:
“Why are renewables a threat to sustainability. And why they're not”

In his presentation, Thomas Guibentif will introduce this and other situations when renewable energy deployment has backfired. 

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