Solar Resources

Have you been solar curious but not known how to make it work for you?

Common questions:

  • Is my house too shady?
  • Can I access solar energy as a renter?
  • What are the upfront costs? 
  • What is community solar?
  • Can I afford solar energy?
  • How does it work?
  • Does solar really make an impact on climate change?

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society website provides resources including recorded monthly speaker series, solar site assessments, a list of solar installers, and more.

Is your property suitable for solar? Check out this interactive tool from the University of Minnesota:

Past event: Explore Solar Virtual Panel

Solar can be confusing and yet it’s a critical piece of the puzzle for addressing climate change. On April 21, we hosted an Explore Solar Virtual Panel featuring three expert panelists who discussed different ways to incorporate solar into your energy use and how it can positively impact our environment. You can check out the recording here.

The Expert Panelists included:

Frank Jossi, climate journalist and correspondent for Midwest Energy News covers energy issues involving wind, solar, hydro, biomass, combined heat and power, public policy, utilities, energy innovation and more.

Kyle Samejima, Executive Director Minneapolis Climate Action, brings experience working in sustainability education, environmental advocacy, outreach, education, community organizing, equity and integration at the Institute on the Environment, Hennepin County Environment and Energy department, Governor Dayton’s office, Minneapolis Public Schools, and as an assistant instructor for Sustainability classes at the University of Minnesota.

Mark Weber is the president of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society that has been advocating for renewable energy in Minnesota since 1978. He got involved with MRES after putting a 5.9kWh PV system on his  house in 2011.  Mark is a member of the Eaton Society of Inventors, and currently works on the design of military and hybrid vehicles.

If you are a renter or have too much shade for rooftop solar panels, we recommend checking out our past Sustainability Sam post about how to make solar work if you’re a renter or have a shady yard.