The MREA’s Twin Cities office opened in fall 2015 and works with Minnesota contractors, organizations, and other local partners to expand PV development in the state, educate consumers, and offer professional training opportunities. Since the office opened, we have reached over 1,200 Minnesota residents through public education sessions and deployed over 100 kW of solar. This work is funded by the US Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge Grant.
Solar PV Assistance for Institutions
With more than two decades of experience in solar energy projects, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is now offering technical assistance to help institutions develop highest value, lowest cost solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Though the financial performance of a PV project may exceed return requirements, it can be challenging for institutions (e.g. municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals) to define projects that meet their needs and to engage the private market to procure the best services available.
Solar Training Academy
The Minnesota office supports the Solar Training Academy – Twin Cities in partnership with Werner Electric and the Neighborhood Energy Connection. A series of weekend classes from January to May, the Solar Training Academy provides students with professional solar training from beginning to advanced levels.
Solar University Network
Working under the US Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways Initiative, the Minnesota office has partnered with the University of Minnesota and other Midwestern universities as part of a multi-campus effort to define pathways for higher education institutions to invest in and deploy solar.