Free forum explores solar energy issuesCould solar power boost your livelihood? Join West Central Clean Energy Resource Teams (WC CERT) and Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) for a free Solar Energy Forum June 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Dassel to find out.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
Could solar power boost your livelihood? Join West Central Clean Energy Resource Teams (WC CERT) and Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) for a free Solar Energy Forum June 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Dassel to find out.
Participants will learn about solar energy and the opportunities it can offer local farms, businesses, municipalities, and communities.
What kind of solar technologies are available? What are the opportunities and financial incentives? Speakers will address these matters, in addition to answering questions from meeting attendees. This meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Register for this free event and see the full agenda online: http://wcsolar.eventbrite.com/
2:30 - Welcome and Introductions
Jeff Vetsch, CERTs
Presentations and Q&A:
2:40 - Solar Energy - Technology Overivew
Eric Buchanan, Renewable Scientist, University of Minnesota, WCROC
3:30 - Solar Opportunities - Straight Talk from the Experts
Randy Hagen - President, Solar Skies
Jim Loseleben - VP Sales & Marketing, TenK Solar
Tim Zinniel – Zinniel Electric
4:30 - Show Me the Money – Opportunities to Finance Projects
Kellye Rose –Rose Consulting Service, Inc.
5:20 - Closing Comments
Cheryl Glaeser, SWIF
5:30 - Meeting adjourns
ABOUT CERTs: The Clean Energy Resource Teams connect Minnesotans and their communities with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Clean Energy Resource Teams are diverse—individuals; small business owners; farmers; members of community groups; local utility representatives; educators; local, state and federal government staff and elected leaders—and all share a common interest: They want strong communities, local jobs, and secure, clean, reliable energy.
CERTs is a partnership of the University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Eureka Recycling, Southwest Regional Development Commission, The Minnesota Project, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Learn more at www.mncerts.org.
ABOUT SWIF: The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing southwest Minnesota through leadership, relationship-building, program development and philanthropy. The Foundation has contributed more than $46 million through its grant and loan programs in southwest Minnesota. It has also helped more than 450 businesses start or expand through its business finance programs, which has created or retained more than 7,400 jobs. To learn more, visit www.swifoundation.org.