Energy Fair Deadlines Approaching February 15

Pre-Fair Guide Advertising

The Pre-Fair Guide contains the first glimpse of The 27th Annual Energy Fair offerings and is directly mailed to thousands of sustainably-minded people, promoted electronically, and distributed to targeted locations. Deadline to reserve ad space is February 15th! Check it out here. Sustaining MREA Business Members receive a $25.00 discount!

Early Bird Exhibitors

Be listed in the Pre-Fair Guide directly mailed to thousands of people by registering by February 15. See the 2015 Pre-Fair Guide on ISSUU. Connect with new clients and build your relationship with returning attendees! Secure your spot at the largest and longest-runningenergy and sustainable living event by registering today. We made a couple of changes from last year, so be sure to check out the map of the grounds.

Early Bird Presenters

Register early to be eligible for free Back 40 camping (if your proposal is selected) located one mile from The Energy Fair with complimentary shuttle. Share your knowledge with attendees through a workshop or hands-on demonstration. See all the workshop categories for 2016 and submit your proposal before February 15.

Become a Sponsor or advertise with us to connect with sustainably-minded attendees ready to take action. For questions, please contact Allison Lindquist, 715-592-6595 ext. 115.



Save the Date for our General Membership Meeting and Board Elections

You're invited! Please join us Monday, February 29 for our annual Board of Directors Election and General Membership Meeting.

This social will be a great opportunity to meet the board and new staff, as well as your fellow MREA Members. We'll share our goals and projects for the new year, and you're welcome to share any ideas you have as well. Dinner and drinks will begin at 5:00 p.m., and the meeting starts at 5:50 p.m.

Please RSVP so we can plan dinner accordingly to

Current MREA Members are welcome to vote at the meeting or place your ballot online

If you aren't a current member, but would like to vote, join as a member today!


Solar Power Hours Scheduled for Twin Cities

Attend a free Solar Power HourSM and discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business, or farm. This one-hour presentation discusses solar market trends, describes the basic components of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, outlines the evaluation process for installing solar PV, and introduces incentive options and economic benefits.

Save the Date for an upcoming session:

Date: February 2nd
Time: 7pm
Location: Shoreview City Hall
4600 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126

Date: February 3rd
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Best Wester White Bear Country Inn
4940 Hwy 61 N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Date: February 9th
Time: 7pm
Location: Shoreview City Hall
4600 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126

Date: February 16th
Time: 7pm
Location: White Bear Lake City Hall
4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Visit the full schedule at for more information, addresses, and February listings.


Build your renewable energy knowledge with the 101s

If you're interested in installing renewable energy, learning more about the technology, or starting a career in the field, our intro courses will get you off and running. All three are starting up this month:
To request a print copy of the 2016 Training Catalog, call 715-956-6595 or email



Early Bird Registration Now Open for Solar Powering Iowa!

Solar Powering Iowa, March 23-24, 2016

We’re coming together at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, IA to learn & connect about the programs, incentives, & resources that make Iowa shine. 

  • Pre-Conference Webinars - Attend the free, pre-conference webinars to learn more about solar from speakers who will be presenting at Solar Powering Iowa. 
  • Pre-Conference Training - Advanced and introductory solar training is now available, register today!
  • Conference Agenda - The agenda will be packed with an energizing mix of large-group speakers, breakout sessions, regional and national keynotes, and networking time. 
  • Engaging Keynotes - Hear from keynotes Holmes Hummel (founder of Clean Energy Works, and current U.S. Deparment of Energy Senior Policy Advisor) and Tim Dwight (Iowa native, NFL alum, and renewable energy advocate)!
  • Sponsorship - Interested in learning how your company can be a part? Consider sponsorship!

Register Today! - Space is limited so register today for early bird rates (through February 17th). 

For more information on the agenda, registration, and sponsorship, see


Announcing Energy Fair Keynote Nomi Prins

We’re thrilled to announce our Saturday keynote speaker for The 2016 Energy Fair, Nomi Prins, renowned political-financial expert, journalist & author.

If you’re interested in understanding the back-room dealings of Wall Street, or how we can turn the tables to build community wealth and clean energy—or if you simply love hearing a great speaker, mark your calendars for Nomi Prins’ keynote at The Energy Fair! She’ll be speaking at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Nomi Prins started her career in the financial industry, and then defected to expose the secrets and wrongdoing of Wall Street. She has since become one of the strongest and most articulate critics of the global financial system. She is author of the recent All the Presidents’ Bankers, about the relationships between presidents and key bankers during the past century and the impact on domestic and foreign policy. Her other acclaimed books include: It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street; Other People’s Money: The Corrupt Mugging of America, which predicted the current financial crisis and was chosen as a Best Book of 2004 by The Economist, Barron’s, and The Library Journal; Jacked; and Black Tuesday, a historical novel about the 1929 crash.

Prins will speak to how the financial system benefits those in power, and the possibilities of public banking and how regulation can help push forward policies that benefit the public, including relevant information on campaign finance and energy policy. Learn more

Nomi Prins Speaks Out on Why She Bolted Wall Street

Learn more about other Energy Fair keynote speakers at:


Join MREA at the B4 Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI

Visit MREA at the B4 Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI, March 2 - 4. The conference brings leaders of the residential building community together for three days of networking, fun, and sessions covering topics such as net zero energy performance.

Register before December 11 to get the early bird rate.