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PROGRAM GUIDE FEATURING: 100+ WORKSHOPS, 60+ EXHIBITS, INSPIRATIONAL KEYNOTES, LIVE MUSIC, FAMILY FRIENDLY, SUSTAINABLE LIVING, RENEWABLE ENERGY, CLEAN TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNITY RESILIENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, LOCAL FOOD, CRAFT BEER & MORE!

FREE ADMISSION TO WORKSHOPS & EXHIBITS! ALL ACCESS PASSES INCLUDE KEYNOTES, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SOLAR PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS FREE TO MREA MEMBERS. SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR IN CUSTER, WI! JUNE 15-17, 2018

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Welcome to the Minnesota Energy Fair! Did you know that Minnesota is leading the Midwest in solar energy development? Not only is the state one of the most developed wind energy markets in the US, but Minnesota homes, businesses, and electric utilities are paving the way for Midwest leadership in solar energy. Minnesota’s leadership in clean energy and sustainability is no accident. With support from state policymakers, local governments, universities, businesses, and advocacy groups, the state has created effective and forward thinking policies and programs that help residents save money with energy efficiency and make profitable investments in local, clean energy. With 80 free workshops, 20 professional development classes, and 60+ free exhibits, The Minnesota Energy Fair is organized to help you access these programs, reduce your energy use, make smart local energy investments, and organize for local sustainability initiatives. Beyond the practical aspects of helping everyone be part of the clean energy revolution, The Energy Fair aims to inspire. With keynote speakers representing the state’s leading minds in clean energy, live music, great food, and family activities, we want to expand the network of support for local action on clean energy. To achieve our vision of a shared, clean distributed energy system that provides opportunities for all to benefit, we need to let our elected officials know we are paying attention. We need to let them know that these issues will define how we vote, what we buy, and where we invest. To do this, we need to organize. We need to grow our networks. We need to speak up. And, we need to act. Please take this first-year event as a time to tool up and get energized. It is our goal that you come away from The Minnesota Energy Fair as motivated as we are to make sure we continue our tremendous progress in clean energy. Rise Up Minnesota! Nick Hylla, MREA Executive Director

#TheEnergyFair @TheMREA Midwest Renewable Energy Association

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MIDWEST RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION: CUSTER, WI 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI 54423

@Midwest.Renew @TheEnergyFair @MREA

MILWAUKEE, WI 3628 W Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215

The 2017 Program Guide was printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper by Action Printing. www.actionprinting.com

MINNEAPOLIS, MN 1400 Van Buren St NE #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

www.MidwestRenew.org Ph. 715-592-6595

THE ENERGY FAIR DISCLAIMER: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) does not endorse any specific products or services. Opinions expressed by presenters and exhibitors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the MREA, its board of directors, or advisory committee. The Energy Fair schedule is subject to change.

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Table of Contents Letter from the Director........................................................... 2 Energy Fair Map....................................................................... 3 Admission and Volunteering................................................... 4 Fair Hours................................................................................... 4 MREA Membership/Meeting.................................................. 5 MREA Staff & Board of Directors............................................. 6 Parking/Shuttles........................................................................ 7 Fair Sponsors & Advisory Committee..................................... 8 Keynote Speakers & Screenings...................................... 10-11 Areas of Interest................................................................ 12-13 Musical Guests........................................................................ 14 Solar Professional Day, Friday Sept. 8............................. 16-17 Fair Schedule (Grid)...................................................16, 18-21 Workshop Directory................................................................ 22 Workshop Guide................................................................ 23-29 Workshops by Instructor......................................................... 30 Exhibitors............................................................................. 31-33 Exhibitors by Category.......................................................... 35 Exhibitors by Location............................................................ 36 Survey................................................................................. 37-38 Ad Index.................................................................................. 22

VOLUNTEER (2 hrs)

Volunteer for 2hrs during the Fair and receive: • $5 off an All Access Day Pass

HARDCORE VOLUNTEER (12+ hrs)

Volunteer for 12+ hrs and receive: • FREE All Access Pass • Friday Networking Dinner ticket. RSVP by Aug. 31 at: TheEnergyFair.org/networking-dinner-rsvp • Hardcore Volunteer t-shirt Stop by the volunteer tent to sign up!

FAIR HOURS

Education is the key to positive change. In order to reach the broadest audience possible, 80 workshops and 60+ exhibits are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. All Access Passes include music, keynote speakers, Solar Professional workshops, and the Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day on Sept. 8th.

FRI, SEPT 8 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (ALL ACCESS PASS)

Free All Access Passes for MREA Members, Hardcore Volunteers (12+ hrs), Sponsors, Presenters, and Exhibitors.

SAT, SEPT 9 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

ALL ACCESS PASS PRICING

SUN, SEPT 10 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Harriet Island Regional Park 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd St. Paul, MN 55107

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TICKET INFORMATION

Adult Weekend All Access Pass.....................................$25 Student/Senior (65+) Weekend All Access Pass...........$18 Youth (13-18) Weekend All Access Pass........................$18 Adult 1-Day All Access Pass............................................$15 Student/Senior (65+) 1-Day All Access Pass..................$10 Youth (13-18) 1-Day All Access Pass...............................$10 Purchase All Access Pass at the Front Gate!

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Join MREA & get a free All Access Pass! Want to experience The Energy Fair before committing to membership? Not a problem! Stop by the Front Gate any time during The MN Energy Fair to apply your All Access Pass expense toward MREA Membership. Join any time at midwestrenew.org.

INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

$30 - Seniors (65+) and Students $50 - Individual $70 - Family

$75 - Non-profit $125 - Private

BASIC

BASIC BENEFITS:

• Admission to The WI Energy Fair ($33-$70 value) • Admission and All Access Pass to MN Energy Fair • Invitation to MREA Member Meeting, Sept. 10 at MN Energy Fair • Monthly e-newsletter, eReNews • Discount on MREA Courses ($20 off each course) • Free enrollment in MREA’s online, on-demand intro courses • 10% off MREA Marketplace • Window decal/bumper sticker & more!

EMPOWERED $80 - Individual, $100 - Family

EMPOWERED BENEFITS:

Basic benefits, plus: • 1-year subscription to Home Power, Mother Earth News, or Mother Earth Living (up to $25 value) • MREA organic cotton T-shirt made in USA, available at The Energy Fair ($20 value)

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BASIC BENEFITS:

• Admission for two to The WI and MN Energy Fairs ($70 value) • Company mention in monthly electronic eReNews, and on social media • Exclusive MREA Business Member logo • Semiannual newsletter, ReNews • Member referrals to inquiry calls • Free listing and link on MREA online Business Directory ($125 value) • Free enrollment in MREA online, on-demand intro courses for two employees • Discount on MREA courses for two employees ($20 off each course) • Promotion of your business’s job opportunities on the MREA website, Grow Solar website, in eReNews, and on MREA’s social media platforms. • Voting privileges at board elections

PREMIER $200 - Private

PREMIER BENEFITS:

LIFETIME

$500 - Individual, $750 - Family

LIFETIME BENEFITS:

Basic benefits, plus: • Lifetime admission to The Energy Fair and pre-Fair networking dinner ($50 - $100 value each year) • MREA T-shirt for first year, available at The Energy Fair ($20 - $40 value) & more!

Basic Benefits, plus: • Discounted booth rates at The Energy Fair ($100 discount)

GREEN $500 - Private

GREEN BENEFITS:

Premier Benefits, plus: • Featured listing on MREA online Business Directory ($75 value)

MREA MEMBER MEETING: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 FROM 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. (Located in Kids’ Tent) You’re invited! Come learn about MREA’s programs and initiatives from our staff and board of directors. Join the discussion on what our priorities were for the past year and what our future vision holds. In order to continue being successful at setting and attaining our organization’s goals, we need feedback from our members, so please attend this meeting and give your input to staff and board members alike. This meeting is open to the public; both members and prospective members are welcome to attend. The MREA owes so much to our members—our growth and success would not occur without your support. Thank you!

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MREA Staff

JENNY HEINZEN Training Programs Coordinator

ADAM MEHR Certificate Program Manager

JILL ROOK Administrative & Outreach Intern

ALLISON LINDQUIST Events Director

JIM KOTSONIS Systems Analyst

AMIEE WETMORE Operations Director CINDY MALCOLM Program Support Specialist

JULIE BRAZEAU Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator

DEVON CUPERY Engagement Manager

KAITLYN KOHL Communications Coordinator

ELIZABETH SPRY Events Assistant

KRISTEN YEAGER Marshfield Clinic - Americorps, Volunteer Coordinator

ERIC REHM Solar Finance Manager

LEON DULAK Site Manager

GINA MIRESSE Development Director

MARK STULTZ IT Administrator

GRETA LADENTHIN Office Administrator JANE COWAN Market Research Coordinator JANELL LINDBERG Strategic Communications Intern

NICK HYLLA Executive Director PETER MURPHY Solar Program Manager SANDY CRAWFORD Bookkeeper

MREA MISSION: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.

MREA Board of Directors: ALISSA KARL Alverno College BOB HATTIER Alternative Currents ELIZABETH HITTMAN - PRESIDENT Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability GARY DREIER - FINANCIAL OFFICER First Law Group, S.C. GRACE FUHR - VICE PRESIDENT Historic Milwaukee JENNIFER MARTIN - SECRETARY Illinois Green Economy Network

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LISSA PAWLISCH University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension MARK KLEIN Gimme Shelter Construction MEGAN LEVY Wisconsin State Energy Office NICK HYLLA Executive Director, MREA PAM RITGER Clean Wisconsin SARAH MULLKOFF Michigan Energy Office STANLEY MINNICK Organic Valley

JOHN KIVLIN Convergence Energy

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parking & Shuttles PARKING

There is limited parking along Plato Blvd. from Wabasha Street West toward the park. Many private businesses near the park open their parking lots to the public, and most charge a fee. Confirmed parking lots as of 8/10/17 include: On Friday, parking will be available at 75 Plato Blvd West for $10/day/spot. The lot will also be open Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday, parking will be available at 200 Plato Blvd West for $10/spot/day and at 115 South Wabasha Street for $5/spot/day. Handicap parking is available on the north side of Water Street between Wabasha and Plato Blvd. until full. There is no general parking on that stretch of Water Street, but it is open to drop people off at the Main Entrance. The parking lots on Harriet Island are not open to the public during the festival.

FREE METRO RIDES

Thanks to Metro Transit, enjoy a free ride to and from The Energy Fair, Saturday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 10. Passes will be posted on TheEnergyFair.org/hotels-mn two weeks prior to The Energy Fair.

FREE ELECTRIC SHUTTLE

Running from Union Depot to The Energy Fair Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10, thanks to New Flyer. • Saturday, Sept. 9: 8:30 a.m. leaving from Union Depot to 11:30 p.m. leaving from Harriet Island. • Sunday, Sept. 10: 8:30 a.m. leaving from Union Depot to 5:30 p.m. leaving from Harriet Island.

More information at: TheEnergyFair.org

Pick-up and drop-off at Union Depot is located in front of the building on the eastbound side of Kellogg Blvd. The address is 240 E Kellogg Blvd. There will be a sign on the sidewalk marking the location.

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Thanks to our Sponsors!

MINNESOTA ENERGY FAIR

GIGAWATT SPONSORS

MAGGIE KOZAK Clean Energy Resource Teams

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

MEGAN VAN LOH Climate Generation BRITT GANGENESS Minnesota Pollution Control Agency JEFF STUHR Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

MEGAWATT SPONSORS

DOUG SHOEMAKER Minnesota Renewable Energy Society

ZEF ENERGY Building a Zero Emissions Future

DANIELLE BUTENHOFF Center for Energy and Environment RAMY SELIM Sunny Day Earth Solutions

KILOWATT SPONSORS

BARBARA PORWIT Community Board Member

WATT SPONSORS: ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY STUDY INSTITUTE (EESI) / FRESH ENERGY / KFAI / POLAR FURNACE GRASSROOTS SPONSORS: CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCE TEAMS (CERTS) / IBEW LOCAL UNION 292 / MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / MISSISSIPPI MARKET NATURAL FOODS CO-OP / RAW REVOLUTION PARTNERS: 350 MINNESOTA / AMERICAN SOLAR ENERGY SOCIETY (ASES) / BIFFS, INC. / CENTRAL WATERS BREWING COMPANY / CENTER FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT / CITIZENS UTILITY BOARD / CLIMATE GENERATION / COMMUNITY POWER / MIDWEST ENERGY NEWS / MINNESOTA INTERFAITH POWER & LIGHT / MIDWEST RENEWABLE ENERGY SOCIETY / MIDWEST SOLAR EXPO / NATURAL AWAKENINGS / NORTHLAND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS / SMALL WIND CONFERENCE / SOUTHEAST COMO IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION / SUNNY DAY EARTH SOLUTIONS / SURLY BREWING COMPANY / TRANSITION TOWN ASAP / UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ENERGY TRANSITION LAB / WMSE 91.5 MILWAUKEE

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TAKING LIGHT RAIL instead of driving alone saves 1.42 metric tons of CO2 per year

LET US HELP YOU GET STARTED Metro Transit can help you leave your car at home more often. We offer: • personalized route and schedule information • mobile app

ONE BUS

• real-time departure times

carries as many commuters as 40 single-occupancy vehicles

• interactive online Trip Planner • help with starting a carpool

x 40

Based on 20-mile roundtrip commute and national emissions averages. SOURCES: Public Transportation’s Role in Responding to Climate Change, FTA; U.S. Energy Information Administration: Fuel Emission Coefficients.

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Keynote speakers

Purchase an All Access Pass or MREA Membership for keynote speakers, music, solar professional workshops, and the Pre-Fair Solar Professional Day! (see p. 4-5)

EXCLUSIVE SCREENING JB STRAUBEL

JOHN FARRELL

DIRECTOR OF DEMOCRATIC ENERGY, INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF-RELIANCE Friday, Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. Solar Pro Pavilion, During Networking Dinner John Farrell is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy. He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable energy potential. John provides data-rich presentations on local renewable energy, analyzes current energy discussions and policy, and is regularly syndicated at Grist, CleanTechnica, and Renewable Energy World.

NETWORKING DINNER Friday Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets available for $15 at TheEnergyFair.org. The Networking Dinner is free for Exhibitors, Presenters, Sponsors, MREA Lifetime Members, and Hardcore Volunteers but RSVP is required by Thursday, August 31 at: TheEnergyFair. org/networking-dinner-rsvp/

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JASON EDENS

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, RURAL RENEWABLE ENERGY ALLIANCE (RREAL) Saturday, Sept. 9, 1:00 p.m. Main Stage Jason Edens is the founder and Director of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting energy poverty with solar power and ensuring that solar energy is accessible to all. As a thought leader on issues of energy and equity, Jason and his team have installed hundreds of lowincome solar installations throughout the country and abroad forging an inclusive clean energy future. Jason is a licensed building contractor, has a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy and lives in an off-grid solar powered home in northern Minnesota with his wife and a small pack of dogs.

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER, TESLA Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Main Stage

By popular demand, we will be screening the 2017 Wisconsin Energy Fair keynote address by Tesla Co-Founder JB Straubel. JB manages the technical direction and engineering design of the Tesla products including battery technology, power electronics, motors, software, firmware and controls.

SWEET LAND

Saturday, Sept. 9, 3:45 p.m. Main Stage

Sweet Land is the first carbon neutral film in the U.S., produced locally in Minnesota! It’s a story of unlikely immigrant lovers who struggle for integration in 1920’s America.

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Keynote speakers

Purchase an All Access Pass or MREA Membership for keynote speakers, music, solar professional workshops, and the Pre-Fair Solar Professional Day! (see p. 4-5)

TARA HOUSKA

MICHAEL NOBLE

NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR, HONOR THE EARTH Saturday, Sept. 9, 6:00 p.m. Main Stage

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FRESH ENERGY Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:00 p.m. Main Stage

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is a tribal attorney based in Washington, D.C., the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a range of issues impacting indigenous peoples. Tara recently spent six months living and working in North Dakota fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere.

Michael Noble is a 30-year energy leader, well-known for shaping and driving the major public policy innovations that are speeding Minnesota and the Midwest’s transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. As Executive Director of Fresh Energy, Michael builds and catalyzes partnerships to secure new policies and harness market forces to achieve visionary change. At this moment, with electricity becoming cleaner and transportation now the top source of carbon pollution, Michael is charting a path toward a brighter future where our cars, buses, and more of our economy runs on wind and solar power.

EXCLUSIVE SCREENING LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY Sunday, Sept. 10, 3:00 p.m. Main Stage

The Energy Fair is hosting a screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary Look & See, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry— farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers.

BETWEEN EARTH & SKY

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2:15 p.m. Main Stage

Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but is already engulfing the globe.

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Areas of interest ELECTRIC VEHICLE SHOW & RIDE-N-DRIVE

Take part in the Electric Vehicle Show in the West Parking Lot, or swing by to speak with vehicle owners and test drive or ride in an electric vehicle. The Ride-N-Drive celebrates National Drive Electric Week by featuring allelectric and plug-in hybrid vehicles!

KIDS’ TENT

The Kids’ Tent is filled throughout the day with a wide variety of topics for children of all ages. Families are free to learn and play together in a positive and fun environment. Please accompany your child at all times. See full Kids’ Tent workshop descriptions on page 26.

Hours

Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Make Your Own Journals from Ellie Pooh: Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent

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Make Your Own Non-Toxic Paint: Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Kids’ Tent

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Make Your Own Non-Toxic Play Dough: Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent

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Solar Rover (Walk Up Activity): Sunday 2-5 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent

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Solar Rover (Walk Up Activity): Saturday 2-6 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent

NURSING TENT

The nursing tent provides a comfortable oasis for nursing mothers. Located next to the Kids’ Tent and Main Stage, it is complete with changing table, rocking chair, and water.

FRONT GATE/MARKETPLACE TENT

Swing by the Front Gate/Marketplace Tent to purchase All Access Passes, pick up will call passes, get an MREA Membership, purchase your official Energy Fair t-shirt, MREA authentic apparel, and drink-ware!

INFORMATION/VOLUNTEER TENT

We’ve got knowledgeable volunteers and staff ready to help you have the best Fair experience imaginable. They’ll direct you to the nearest restroom, recycling receptacles, area of interest, and more. Want to volunteer? Just stop by!

ART TENT WITH LIVE SCREEN-PRINTING – BRING A T-SHIRT!

Come to the Art Tent and get a beautiful renewable energy-themed design printed on a t-shirt or other article of clothing. Bring a plain shirt to print on. The screen-printing station will be led by Artist Jonathan Herrera, a Minneapolisbased artist who specializes in printmaking.

WASTE: REUSE & REDUCE

The Energy Fair is a low waste event. Please do your part by properly disposing your garbage, food waste, and recyclables. Purchase reusable drink-ware at the Beverage Tent or Marketplace Tent.

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Get The Essentials NATURAL & GREEN BUILDING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS • Strawbale • Cordwood • Earthbag • Hempcrete • Building Science, Home Design & more SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ESSENTIALS SERIES Available only from New Society Publishers Visit us at booth # B10

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Areas of interest TINY SOLAR HOMES

Check out both Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) and Xcel Energy Tiny Homes. Both exhibits demonstrate a variety of energy efficient and clean energy technologies! Make sure to check it out during the Fair. See location on The Energy Fair Map on p. 3. (MRES booth A4, and Xcel Energy booth at A5).

FOOD TRUCKS

You will find lots of delicious food choices at The Minnesota Energy Fair! We’ll offer a range of cuisines with an emphasis on local, organic ingredients. Water is free at the Fair, and the sale of bottled water is not allowed.

BEVERAGE TENT

Looking for a refreshing break at The Energy Fair? Stop by the Beverage Tent for a drink from Minnesota-based Surly Brewing Co. or Central Waters Brewing Co. In addition to beer, non-alcoholic options, including Tapuat Kombucha and cider are available.

Great music, tasty treats, and lovely scenery make this the ride of the season! Register online by August 30 www.bikeclassic. org. Same-day registrations welcome.

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BEVERAGE TENT HOURS:

Friday, Sept. 8 from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SOLAR PROFESSIONAL PRE-FAIR DAY

Join us Friday, Sept. 8, for continuing education workshops and solar training courses. Solar professionals can choose from a variety of workshops and earn Solar PV and Solar Heating continuing education credits recognized by NABCEP. Details on p. 16-17. All Access Pass or MREA Membership Required.

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE ‘OFF THE GRID’ In an effort to bring clean energy and sustainable living education to the

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Musical guests All Access Pass or MREA Membership Required. (See p. 4-5) MALAMANYA / SATURDAY / 7:30 P.M. / MAIN STAGE

Malamanya is a United States based band comprised of musicians who share a mutual respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies from Cuba and Latin America. Their style is vintage and their sound is classic. Their on stage energy and compositions reflect the communal, complex, and celebratory spirit prevalent in these musical genres. Malamanya released a new full length album in August 2016.

THE PEOPLE THE PEOPLE BROTHERS BAND / SATURDAY / 9 P.M. / MAIN STAGE

The People Brothers Band has been spreading their brand of Rhythm and Soul around the Upper Midwest for nine years. Currently working on their second studio album, the band is known for energetic live shows and an ability to connect with the audience. The band is the winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for 2014 Soul/R&B Band of the Year and the Madison Area Music Award for 2015 Pop/R&B Album of the Year (Middle of the In Between), 2013 Blues Album of the Year (People Brothers Live) & Blues Song of the Year (Looky Here Mister).

Purchase an All Access Pass for music,

featured speakers, solar professional workshops, and the pre-fair Solar Professional Day. Purchase All Access Pass at the Front Gate. Adult rate: $25/weekend or $15/day. Senior/Student rate: $18/weekend or $10/day Free All Access Passes for: MREA Members, Hardcore Volunteers, Sponsors, Presenters, and Exhibitors! Join as a Member: p. 5 Volunteer at the Fair: p. 4 All Access Pricing: p. 4

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In Minnesota, fall is our favorite time of year. Stunning scenery gets a colorful makeover. Fishing is at its prime. And time spent at the lake is just a little bit cooler. Part of fall’s magic is that it comes and goes so quickly. Take it all in before it’s too late.

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Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day Sept. 8th! All Access Pass or MREA Membership Required.

SCHEDULE: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 9 a.m. 10 a.m.

11 a.m. 12 p.m.

SOLAR PRO PAVILION

MAIN STAGE

(SP13) Solar Financing for Business and Nonprofits (SP15) Solutions for Financing Local Government Solar Projects (SP8) Making Your Community “Solar Ready” Lunch

(SP1) 2017 NEC Changes for PV Systems (3 hour, 3 NABCEP, 3 DLI *approval pending)

(SP14) SolSmart: Helping Communities Take the Next Step Towards Solar

(SP16) Syncing Electric Vehicle Charging with Renewables (1 NABCEP) (SP9) Meeting the (SP10) Needs of the Solar Overview of Workforce: Solar Safe Work Training and Hiring Practices for Insights PV Installers (SP5) Ground Mount (SP6) Solar Racking Inspecting with Helical Anchors PV Systems (1 NABCEP) (2 hour, 2 NABCEP, 2 (SP7) Installing MT Solar DLI *approval Top-Of-Pole Mounts pending) (1 NABCEP)

1 p.m.

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

John Farrell Keynote and Networking Dinner

All Access Pass or MREA Membership is required for the Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day, solar professional workshops, keynote speakers, and entertainment. Adult rate: $25/weekend or $15/day Senior/Student rate: $18/weekend or $10/day Purchase Passes or Memberships at the Front Gate!

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SOLAR PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

(Friday, Sept. 8th, Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day Workshops Listed Chronologically) See p. 28-29 for Solar Professional Workshops on Sat. Sept. 9 and Sun. Sept. 10. SP13. Solar Financing for Business and Nonprofits: Want to unlock the financial

power of solar energy? Come gain insight by learning how to use MREA’s powerful Solar Finance Simulator Tool to choose the best financing option and harness solar energy for your business, home or nonprofit. Eric Rehm, Solar Finance Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Friday 9:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll SP1. 2017 NEC Changes for PV Systems (3 hour, 3 NABCEP, 3 DLI *approval pending): 2017 NEC is loaded with major changes, revisions, and new articles that pertain to energy efficiency as well as renewable energy sectors. Learn about new NEC articles on Battery Storage as well as microgrids. *Approval pending for Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) continuing education (CE) code credits for electricians. Tom Shock, Tom Shock PV Seminars and Kris Schmid, Owner/Founder, Legacy Solar, LLC. Friday 9:00 a.m. in the Main Stage lll SP15. Solutions for Financing Local Government Solar Projects: Want to unlock the financial power of solar energy? Come gain insight into local solar financing options using the MREA’s Solar Finance Simulator Tool. Eric Rehm, Solar Finance Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Friday 10:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll SP8. Making Your Community “Solar Ready”: This workshop will explain how local governments are necessary players in creating viable solar markets, and will offer specific opportunities to remove barriers and create local incentives for local solar development. Brian Ross, Senior Program Director and Trevor Drake, Program Manager, Great Plains Institute. Friday 11:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll SP14. SolSmart: Helping Communities Take the Next Step Towards Solar: SolSmart is a new national designation program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets. Come learn how your community can receive nocost technical assistance and receive high-profile, national recognition for its efforts to become “open for solar business” and hear from the experience of local SolSmart advisors. Phillip Haddix, Program Director, SolSmart Technical Assistance Provider and Brian Ross, SolSmart Advisor, Great Plains Institute; Cameran Bailey, SolSmart Advisor, Metropolitan Council; Eric Rehm, SolSmart Advisor, Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Friday 1:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion l SP16. Syncing Electric Vehicle Charging with Renewables (1 NABCEP): With the exciting opportunity of flexible, connected loads like EV Charging coming online at volume in the next couple of years, utilities have opportunities to use charging as a resource to help regulate the grid, allowing increased integration of renewables. Learn how this is becoming a reality and how projects are currently demonstrating these concepts. Jim Goodman, EV Charging Specialist, ZEF Energy. Friday 1:00 p.m. in the Main Stage Tent ll

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SOLAR PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

(Friday, Sept. 8th, Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day Workshops Listed Chronologically) See p. 28-29 for Solar Professional Workshops on Sat. Sept. 9 and Sun. Sept. 10.

CERTIFIED SYSTEM INSPECTOR

Photovoltaic

SP9. Meeting the Needs of the Solar Workforce: Solar Training and Hiring Insights:

The Solar Training Network, led by The Solar Foundation, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, exists to help bridge the gap between solar training and solar employment opportunities. As part of this endeavor, the Solar Training Network completed a comprehensive solar training needs assessment report. The report aggregates data from several research efforts, including an extensive survey of more than 400 solar installers. It also draws on interviews with dozens of solar employers, trainers and workforce development boards. This seminar will elucidate the findings of this report, as well as provide an overview of the programs offerings, upcoming releases, and general training and hiring insights. Tim Olson, Director of Legal Affairs, The Solar Foundation. Friday 2:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll SP10. Overview of Safe Work Practices for PV Installers (1 NABCEP): Learn how this UW Milwaukee grant program can provide free Train-the-Trainer classes to your personnel, enabling you to offer solar specific safety training to all of your employees. Learn how to identify and mitigate overexertion, slip/trip/falls, struck-caught, electric shock/electrocution hazards when in the field, as well as topics relating to noise, environment, and employee rights and responsibilities. The curriculum is solar specific and includes interactive activities and hands-on demonstrations. Don’t miss the full 3 hour workshop (SP12) on Sunday. Dr. Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, Professor, Dept. Chair, CARGI at UW-Milwaukee and Madiha Ahmed, MS, PhD candidate in Ergonomics and Safety, UW-Milwaukee Friday 2:00 p.m. in the Main Stage lll SP5. Ground Mount Solar Racking with Helical Anchors (1 NABCEP): Malina will demonstrate this time saving racking kit that uses helical anchors. Malina and their partners Terrafix International of Germany, use a pre-assembled racking system that eliminates concrete and the uncertainty of driven piles. Patrick Holt, Dealer Development North American Sales, Malina Solar Structures. Friday 3:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion ll SP6. Inspecting PV Systems (2 hour, 2 NABCEP, 2 DLI *approval pending): This course is based on Articles 690 and 705 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) and how they pertain to photovoltaic (PV) systems. The course will also review some of the key requirements in Chapters 1-4 of the NEC, as well as equipment listing and labeling requirements. *Approval pending for Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) continuing education (CE) code credits for electricians. Julie Brazeau, Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Friday 3:00 p.m. in the Main Stage lll SP7. Installing MT Solar Top-Of-Pole Mounts (1 NABCEP): Learn about MT Solar’s new and improved Top-Of-Pole mounting systems. Installers can save time and money by installing the mount, racking and modules at ground level, then hoisting the array to the top of the pole. We’ll go through the installation process, step by step. Discussion will also highlight features such as the hand-crank tilt adjuster, flexible design capabilities and short lead times. Janelle Ramaker, MT Solar. Friday 4:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion ll

CERTIFIED SYSTEM INSPECTOR

Solar Heating

Key Dates for Fall Exam Application Deadline August 4, 2017 Exam Date October 21, 2017 NABCEP is pleased to announce the launch of two exciting new certifications: PV System Inspector and Solar Heating System Inspector For more information, contact us at: info@nabcep.org • (800) 654-0021 www.nabcep.org

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 NOTE: YELLOW BOXES REQUIRE AN ALL ACCESS PASS OR MREA MEMBERSHIP 10 a.m.

11 a.m. 12 p.m.

PINK

YELLOW

GREEN

BLACK

BLUE

(L2) Create Mini Cities Using Power Grid Kit

(T4) Past, Present, & Future of Driving Electric: Chevy Volt, Hybrids & Electrics

(G11) Steps to Harvesting and Processing Maple Syrup

(EC4) How to Save Money with Energy Efficiency

(F1) Socially Responsible Investing

(A4) Heating Your Home with a Masonry Mass Stove

(T2) Buying a Used Electric Vehicle

(G2) Backyard Chickens for Everyone

(PV2) Building a Diverse and Inclusive Solar Workforce

(EC6) Rocket Stoves and Biomass Gasification

(PV4) Community Solar Gardens

(G12) Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

(C9) Stop the Line 3 Oil Pipeline: Love Water Not Oil

Keynote: Jason Edens, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) (PV8)

1 p.m.

2 p.m. (A5) Make Your Own

Paints and Finishes (T7) Power Your Drive (Presentation Followed with Solar by Demo)

3 p.m.

(L5) Road to (C10) Taking Action on Aluminum—Electricity Climate Change Stockpiled

4 p.m. (A1) Building a Cob Wood-Fired Oven

5 p.m. (A7) Straw Bale Construction in the Midwest

6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9 p.m.

(T1) Building and Maintaining Multiple Celled Lithium Battery Packs (PV14) Reconstruction and Characteristics of a 24 Volt Li-ion Battery Based on Leaf Cells

(C11) Transition Towns: EmPOWERing Community

(C1) Achieving Equity in Development

(G10) Pollinator Friendly Gardening

(C12) Youth Organizing in the Climate Movement

(EC3) High (PV12) PollinatorPerformance Friendly Arrays through Mechanicals for Policy, Habitat, and Energy Star and Honey Beyond (C3) Boundary Waters Canoe Area (L9) Waste Reduction Wilderness (BWCA) in the Home Faces Sulfide-Ore Copper Mining Threat (G3) Backyard Composting Basics

(G8) Growing Your Own Fruit Trees in Hostile Climates

(SH3) The Solar Greenhouse

(SH1) High Mass Sand Beds and Solar Thermal Storage

(C4) Community Solar Access For All (L1) Build a Pervious Driveway, Walkway, or Patio from Cobblestones

MAIN STAGE KEYNOTE: Tara Houska, Honor The Earth (C6) MAIN STAGE MUSIC: Malamanya MAIN STAGE MUSIC: The People Brothers Band

Online & In-Person Training Year Round! • • • • • •

Solar Photovoltaics Solar Thermal Small Wind NEC Certificate Programs Customized Training

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SOLAR PRO PAVILION

(PV7) Intro to Solar PV (Photovoltaics)

(SP11) Real Time Analysis of Standalone Home (1 NABCEP)

(SH2) Intro to Solar Hot Water

(SP3) DC Micro Grids: What They Are and Future Impacts (1 NABCEP)

(F3) Spurring Investments in Energy Efficiency and Beneficial Electrification

(SP2) Advancements in PV (1 NABCEP)

Electric Vehicle Show & Ride-N-Drive in West Parking Lot (T3) 11:00 a.m. Convert a Bicycle to Electric Assist (demo at pop-up tent East of Exhibit Tent B)

KIDS’ TENT

MAIN STAGE

(K2) Make Your Own Non-Toxic Paint

START TIME 10:00 A.M. Screening of JB Straubel’s exclusive keynote at the Custer Fair June 17, 2017 (1 hour) (T10)

(K3) Make Your Own Non-Toxic Play Dough

Keynote: Jason Edens, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) (PV8) (PV3) Building Solar Powered Watercraft (PV6) Intro to Solar Energy for Homeowners, Renters, (SP4) Energy Storage and Businesses / Case and Renewable Enerstudies (MREA Solar Power gy (3 hour, 3 NABCEP) Electric Vehicle Show Hour) & Ride-N-Drive in West Parking Lot (PV1) Battery System Concepts for Homeowners

START TIME 2:15 P.M. Screening of Between Earth and Sky (1 hour and 8 minutes) (K5) Solar Rover (Walk-Up Activity)

(PV15) Solar PV – Now the Cheapest Electricity

START TIME 3:45 P.M. Screening of Sweet Land (1 hour and 50 minutes) (L6)

MAIN STAGE KEYNOTE: Tara Houska, Honor The Earth (C6) MAIN STAGE MUSIC: Malamanya MAIN STAGE MUSIC: The People Brothers Band

Moving Clean Energy Education Forward Since 1990. • • • • •

Solar Training For Veterans 2018 Solar Training Academy NABCEP Continuing Education Career Resources And More!

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 NOTE: YELLOW BOXES REQUIRE AN ALL ACCESS PASS OR MREA MEMBERSHIP Pink

Yellow

Green

Black

10 a.m.

(A3) Design and Build Your Energy Efficient Home

(G7) Grow Don’t Mow! Life After Lawn

(l3) Demystifying the Benefits of Fermentation

(EC2) Green Up Your (PV10) Living Off-Grid, Energy Use Really!?

11 a.m.

(A6) Net Zero Energy and Passive House (1 AIA LU) (A8) The Design and Planning Fundamentals of Garden Communities (1 AIA LU)/ HSW)

(T5) Driving Electric in Minnesota—Owner Panel (T9) Reality of Vehicle Maintenance and Conversions

(G4) Backyard Food (C7) Nuclear Forest Power Realities and Climate Chaos (L4) Pressure (W1) Water-Pumping Canning Basics Windmills

12 p.m.

Blue

(PV11) Midwest Solar Energy Landscape Transformation (PV16) The Changing Solar Landscape and What It Means for You

Keynote: Michael Noble, Fresh Energy (PV9)

1 p.m. 2 p.m.

(L7) Sustainability in Art—Catalyst for Change

(T12) Understanding Electric Cars

(G6) Food Preservation— Dehydrating and Canning

(EC7) The Reality of Energy Efficient Lighting

3 p.m.

(A9) Tie Sustainability and Art into a Remodel Project

(T11) The Basics of Car-Sharing

(C2) Advancing Climate Justice in Minnesota

4 p.m.

(A2) Design and Build a Tiny House

(G9) Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation

(G1) Arbor Care— Pruning and Maintenance of Urban Trees (L8) The Genuine Progress Indicator as a Measure of Wellbeing

(G5) DIY Organic Lawn Care

(PV6) Intro to Solar Energy for Homeowners, Renters, and Businesses Case studies (MREA Solar Power Hour) (T8) Public Transit: A Sustainable Plan

(EC5) Nikola Tesla’s Clean Energy Solutions

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 NOTE: YELLOW BOXES REQUIRE AN ALL ACCESS PASS OR MREA MEMBERSHIP Purple

Solar Pro Pavilion

(EC1) Everyday Shopping: Connections with Energy & Climate

(SP12) Safe Work Practices for PV Installers (B1) Bio-Fuels—Solar Energy (3 hour, 3 NABCEP) Stored by Vegetation (PV5) DIY Solar Garage— Power a House and Car

Electric Vehicle Show & Ride-N-Drive in West Parking Lot

KIDS’ TENT

MAIN STAGE

MREA Member Meeting

Screening of JB Straubel’s exclusive keynote given at the Custer Fair June 17, 2017 (1 hour) (T8)

(T4) 11:00 a.m. Convert A Vehicle to Run on Cooking Oil (demo at pop-up tent (K1) Make Your East of Exhibit Tent B) Own Journals from Ellie Pooh

Keynote: Michael Noble, Fresh Energy (PV9) (C5) Energy Democracy— Participatory Discussion

(K4) Solar Rover (WalkUp Activity)

(PV13) PV for Domestic Hot Water and Backup Power with DIY Controller

Electric Vehicle Show & Ride-N-Drive In West Parking Lot

START TIME 3:00 P.M. Screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry www.lookandseefilm.com (1 hour and 20 minutes) (C8)

(F2) Solar Financing for Business and Nonprofits

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR IN CUSTER, WI, JUNE 15-17, 2018! “I use a reel lawn mower. My nephew has asthma and I know it makes a difference for him.”

Lungs and lawn care Tips to improve air quality and community health

Decrease lawn area

Avoid spilling gasoline

Use electric or manual equipment

Photo Credit: Brill Razorcut Mowers

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Workshop Directory NOTE: YELLOW BOXES REQUIRE AN ALL ACCESS PASS OR MREA MEMBERSHIP (p. 4-5) Alternative Construction & Green Building......................... 23 Biomass.................................................................................. 23 Community Involvement & Activism...................................... 23-24 Energy Efficiency & Conservation.................................................24 Finance............................................................................................24 Sustainable Farm & Garden..........................................................25 Kids’ Workshops..............................................................................26 Sustainable Living...........................................................................26 Photovoltaics (Solar Electric)................................................... 26-27 Solar Heating & Cooling................................................................27 Solar Professional...................................................................... 28-29 Clean Transportation......................................................................29 Wind.................................................................................................29 Beginner: Little or no prior knowledge of the subject. Intermediate: Understand the basic concepts and vocabulary. Workshop provides more specific information on a topic. Advanced: Knowledgeable and skilled in an area. Workshops are more like continuing education courses, where specialized knowledge is shared.

Children: The workshop is intended for children at or above the indicated age. Teachers: The Workshop is applicable for teachers and educators.

Education is the key to positive change.

THANKS TO OUR ADVERTISERS! All Energy Solar........................................................29 AM 950......................................................................14 Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota...............................13 Conserve School.....................................................20 Classified Ad............................................................27 EnerChange............................................................24 Energy Concepts......................................................7 Environmental and Energy Study Institute............25 Explore Minnesota...................................................15 Fronius.......................................................................35 Metro Transit...............................................................9 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency....................21 Minnesota Solar Power Hours................................36 Minnesota Solar Training Academy......................30 Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)................................................................ 18-19 North Atlantic Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)...........................................17 New Flyer of America.............................................34 Offbeat Press...........................................................39 Solar Project Builder................................................22 Solar Training Network............................................30 Union Depot...............................................................7

In an effort to bring clean energy and sustainable living education to the broadest possible audience, The Energy Fair offers 80 workshops, and 60 exhibits FREE and OPEN to the public! Thanks to the MREA SunChaser, MRES Solar Trailer, and the Arch Electric Solar Trailer, for powering our workshop tents with battery-based clean solar energy!

Interested in learning about solar financing options for your public or private institution? Learn about MREA’s new Solar Finance Simulator while at The Energy Fair during one of the following workshops: Solar Financing for Business and NonProfits: Friday, 9:00 a.m., Solar Pro Pavillion. Workshop SP13.

Solutions for Financing Local Government Solar Projects: Friday, 10:00 a.m., Solar Pro Pavilion. Workshop SP15.

Midwest Solar Energy Landscape Transformation: Sunday, 11:00 a.m., Blue Tent. Workshop PV11.

The Solar Finance Simulator was developed with support from The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

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Workshop Guide Workshops with a Yellow Box Require an All Access Pass or MREA Membership. (see p. 4-5 for pricing)

A ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION & GREEN BUILDING

Continuing Education courtesy of Seventhwave, provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. The * symbolizes that this is a GBCI approved course and offers the amount of CE hours listed in the description. Seventhwave is a USGBC Education Partner. AIA Credits available for A6, A8. Contact Lonna Berg at lberg@seventhwave.org or call, 608-210-7157 with questions. A1. Building a Cob Wood-Fired Oven: Learn how to build a wood-fired cob oven from wood, sand, straw, and clay and how to finish the oven with earth plaster to create a beautiful exterior. We will also review oven sizing, cooking tips, and lessons learned in the permitting process. Mark Morgan, MREA Instructor, Bear Paw Design and Construction. Saturday 4:00 p.m. in the Pink Tentlll A2. Design and Build a Tiny House: With “the tiny house” movement, Ramy (builder and licensed MN contractor) will show you simple methods to build your own house. We will include plumbing, heating, and basic electric design. Ramy Selim, Executive Director, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent l A3. Design and Build Your Energy Efficient Home: Pdon will briefly describe how he designed and was the general contractor for an energy efficient house, near Hastings, MN with an ACH of .61 and a HERS of 43 without solar and -96 with solar. Time for questions at the end. Pdon Pinkham, MnSEIA Member, Secondary Teacher (Physics, Chemistry, Math, Programming), Nanoscience Consultant, Energy Enthusiast, Pdon. Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Pink Tent lll

A6.

Net Zero Energy and Passive House (1 AIA LU): This presentation will introduce the very energy efficient and sustainable Passive House concepts and requirements developed by Passive House International – US | PHIUS to achieve net zero energy. Homes designed and built to Passive House standards reduce energy use to a level that can be met by cost-effective, on-site renewable energy systems. *Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 1 LU for this instructor-led face-to-face course. Mark Carsten Anderson, President, AIA, CPHC, Anderson Architecture, Inc. and Rolf Jacobson, CPHC, LEED AP, Research Fellow at Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota. Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the Pink Tent ll

A7. Straw Bale Construction in the Midwest: Learn the history of straw bale construction and discuss the experience of building with straw and other sustainable practices in the Midwest. Mark Morgan, MREA Instructor, Bear Paw Design and Construction. Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent l A8. The Design and Planning Fundamentals of Garden Communities (1 AIA LU)/ HSW): The concept of a “garden community” is an effective design model to create a planned community that implements sustainable development tools to create a high quality of life. *Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 1 LU/HSW for this instructor-led face-to-face course. Richard Peterson, Architect, Sustainable Development Network and Exchange. Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent llll A9. Tie Sustainability and Art into a Remodel Project: Ramy and Nick will go through steps of a “standard” remodel and how to tie both sustainable practices and art into them! From selecting 2x4’s to boiler selection, to walls and counters. Nick Vanderloop and Ramy Selim, Executive Director, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Sunday 3:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent lll

B Biomass

A4. Heating Your Home with a Masonry Mass Stove: Learn about the overview of heating a home with a masonry heater. We will discuss different types of masonry heating systems from DIY kits to professionally built custom heaters, as well as available options from heated benches, cooking, baking, heating hot water and floors, plus finishing options. Eric Moshier, President, Solid Rock Masonry. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Pink Tent l

B1. Bio-Fuels—Solar Energy Stored by Vegetation: Growing greenery for fuel takes more greenhouse gasses out of the air than released when used. Learn how production and use of bio-mass, oils, gasses, and ethanol improves our earth, air, water, and our economy. Jeffre Lindow, BioFuel Specialist and Experimental Archeologist, Academy of Sustainable Fuels. Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the Purple Tent l

A5. Make Your Own Paints and Finishes (Presentation Followed by Demo): Join Ramy and Nick as they review the realities and history of natural paints. The presentation is followed by a demonstration where they will make paint and demonstrate use. Nick Vanderloop and Ramy Selim, Executive Director, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Saturday 2:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent ll

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C1. Achieving Equity in Development: Sustainability of our communities requires an assessment of benefits and impacts. This workshop provides the Equitable Development Scorecard as a tool to evaluate racial equity & community

benefits within a development project or policy. JooHee Pomplun, Coalition Organizer, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability and Metric Giles, Executive Director, Community Stabilization Project. Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent lll C2. Advancing Climate Justice in Minnesota: The communities bearing the worst impacts of climate change are often people of color and low-income. Learn frameworks and strategies for building a low-carbon future that works for all. Nicole Ektnitphong. Sunday 3:00 p.m. in the Black Tent l C3. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) Faces Sulfide-Ore Copper Mining Threat: The Boundary Waters faces a threat from sulfide-ore copper mining. We’ll discuss the threat and how the Campaign to Save the BWCA is working to stop this toxic industry from destroying the BWCA. Alexander Falconer, State Director, Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. Saturday 4:00 p.m. in the Black Tent ll C4. Community Solar Access For All: Community solar gardens can make clean energy accessible for anyone. Learn about how CSGs work, how they can provide low-income access to solar, and the benefits of a cooperative approach. Brent Murcia, Solar Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light; Bruce Konewko, Solar Operations and Marketing Director at Cooperative Energy Futures; Alice Madden, Community Engagement staff at Community Power; Courtney Overby, Northcountry Cooperative Foundation. Saturday 4:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent l C5. Energy Democracy—Participatory Discussion: Join in a group participatory discussion with people brainstorming how to take action in their local venues toward energy sustainability and local self-reliance. Christopher LaForge, ISPQ Certified Master Trainer, Great Northern Solar. Sunday 2:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent lll C6. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: All Access Pass or MREA Membership needed for entry. Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director, Honor the Earth: Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is a tribal attorney based in Washington, D.C., the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. Saturday 6:00 p.m. in the Main Stage Tent C7. Nuclear Power Realities and Climate Chaos: This workshop will discuss what it takes to site, approve, construct, and license new reactors, a time-consuming process which robs resources from conservation and efficiency efforts. Investing in nuclear power hinders the deployment of clean, renewable, safe energy systems required to confront climate disruption. John LaForge, Co-Director, Editor, Nukewatch and Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Waste Specialist, Beyond Nuclear. Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the Black Tent l

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Workshop Guide Workshops with a Yellow Box Require an All Access Pass or MREA Membership. (see p. 4-5 for pricing) C8. All Access Pass or MREA Membership needed for entry. Screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry: Watch a screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry—farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers. Sunday 3:00p.m. in the Main Stage Tent. C9. Stop the Line 3 Oil Pipeline: Love Water Not Oil: Enbridge wants to build a new pipeline corridor through the heart of Minnesota’s lake country and some of the largest wild rice beds in the world. Learn about local efforts to stop the expansion. Thane Maxwell, Honor the Earth and Presenter TBD. Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Black Tent l C10. Taking Action on Climate Change: Get inspired and learn how to take meaningful action for climate justice. Learn how the MN350 Climate Conversation program facilitates an understanding about climate change and what we can do in Minnesota to change it. Brian Nowak, Communication & Outreach Team Lead, MN350 and Kate Jacobson, Education Director, MN350. Saturday 3:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent l C11. Transition Towns: EmPOWERing Community: If we’re going to take action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and shift toward a renewable future, we need the power of community to do it. Local, accessible, volunteerled Transition groups provide information, inspiration, and support to help people take action on solutions that are personal, social, effective, and even fun! Leslie MacKenzie, Community Organizer, Transition Twin Cities. Saturday 4:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent l C12. Youth Organizing in the Climate Movement: Learn about the concepts central to our youth program; climate justice and literacy, experiential learning, storytelling, and leadership and leave with ideas to apply to your own communities. Jason Rodney, Youth Program Coordinator, and Megan Van Loh, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. Saturday 2:00 p.m. in the Black Tent ll

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EC1. Everyday Shopping: Connections with Energy and Climate: Learn how the climate benefits from reuse and which things we buy have the biggest impact. Explore the Green House Gas (GHG) footprint of all the stuff Minnesotans consume, dig into the energy conserved by a reused paper clip, and get wise about reuse. Madalyn Cioci, Environmental Specialist (Product sustainability), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, VP, ReUSE Minnesota and Julie Kearns, Reuse Entrepreneur and Owner, Junket: Tossed and Found. Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Purple Tent l

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EC2. Green Up Your Energy Use: How can you “green up” your household energy use? What questions should a savvy, environmentally conscious consumer ask when deciding how to participate in renewable energy? Practical tips provided. Carmen Carruthers, Outreach Director, and Ben Bratrud, Program Coordinator, Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota. Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Black Tent lll EC3. High Performance Mechanicals for Energy Star and Beyond: Energy Performance Houses demand advanced HVAC systems to both condition and move air for comfort. Avoid the pitfalls of oversizing equipment and understand the relationship between BTU building CALC loads and efficiency.  Hot water applications for both domestic and space heating will be discussed along with HRV and Energy Recovery Ventilators. Dustin Denison, Principal, Applied Energy Innovations. Saturday 3:00 p.m. in the Black Tent l EC4. How to Save Money with Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency improvements can help you save money on energy bills, lower your carbon footprint, and make your house more comfortable. Learn how the Home Energy Squad can help assess your options. Stacy Boots Camp, Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, Center for Energy and Environment, Home Energy Squad. Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Black Tent ll EC5. Nikola Tesla’s Clean Energy Solutions: Most are not aware that we are using only half of Nikola Tesla’s patented hardware, (developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s) the remainder of which is proven capable of ending “greenhouse gas” emissions! Jeff Hayes, Director, Tesla Engine Builders Assoc. Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent llll

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Socially Responsible Investing: This educational workshop defines socially responsible investing and its impact on society and the environment. This talk is perfect for people who are looking to align their values with their investments. David BehnkeSeper, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, First Affirmative Financial Network. Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Blue Tent l

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Solar Financing for Business and Nonprofits: Want to unlock the financial power solar energy? Come gain insight by learning how to use MREA’s powerful Solar Finance Simulator Tool to choose the best financing option and harness solar energy for your business, home or nonprofit. Eric Rehm, Solar Finance Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent llll

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Spurring Investments in Energy Efficiency and Beneficial Electrification: Learn how inclusive on-bill financing is a mechanism for utilities to increase the uptake in energy efficiency measures, distributed resources (e.g., solar and wind), community solar, and environmentally beneficial electrification. Rural and large utilities can use on-bill financing for their customers to finance energy efficiency retrofits, as well as rooftop solar and community solar, with no upfront costs and affordable monthly payments. Miguel Yanez, Project Associate, On-Bill Financing Project, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent l   

EC6. Rocket Stoves and Biomass Gasification: Our workshop will focus on rocket stoves and how to build them, as well as biomass gasification. We’ll talk about top lit updraft and downdraft stratified gasifiers. Dale Niggemann, Owner, Multi Stove Co. Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent lll EC7. The Reality of Energy Efficient Lighting: With all the lighting choices today, it gets confusing. We will discuss the pros and cons of each, when to change your existing bulbs, and the reality of “box store bulbs.” Ramy Selim, Executive Director, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Sunday 2:00 p.m. in the Black Tent ll EC8. Tiny Solar House: The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) Tiny House is an interpretive exhibit/demonstration site that demonstrates a variety of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and was built in 2012. Features include super insulated panels, day lighting, solar hot water, solar electric (12volt electric system with battery back-up), and solar hot air panels. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Educational Exhibit, See site map on p. 3 for location. l

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they can share with friends, neighbors, and clients. The goal is to inspire transformation of lawn deserts into beautiful, water-wise spaces that benefit humans and wildlife alike! Kayla Nortrup, Owner & Lead Designer, Mama Terra Gardens. Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Yellow Tent ll

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Arbor Care—Pruning and Maintenance of Urban Trees: Gain a basic understanding of planting and pruning young trees and shrubs. Review types of tools and methods for maintaining different species. Learn proper pruning techniques to establish healthy trees. Michael Barrett, Manager/Horticulturist, Alternate Plan, LLC. Sunday 3:00 p.m. in the Green Tent ll Backyard Chickens for Everyone: Learn everything you would need to know to start keeping chickens year-round in an urban environment. Rob Czernik has taught scores of chicken classes to hundreds of people. Rob Czernik, Permaculture Educator with Big River Permaculture, Owner, Powderhorn Feed Co. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Green Tent lll Backyard Composting Basics: We will discuss the basics of backyard composting, bin selection, materials to use, how-tos, and troubleshooting. Angie Lemar, Program Director, Recycling Connections. Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the Green Tent l Backyard Food Forest: Learn how to replace your lawn with a food forest! We’ll talk about managing landscapes to increase health and happiness. Discover native plants, pollinators, fruit trees, water conservation, and soil health! Russ Henry, Owner, Founder, Giving Tree Gardens and New Land Soil Health Solutions. Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the Green Tent llll DIY Organic Lawn Care: Do-it-yourself organic lawn care for homeowners who want a great lawn without the toxic chemicals. Learn how to control weeds, water less, and grow a healthy beautiful lawn that is easy on the earth. Bob Dahm, Owner/Founder, Organic Bob LLC. Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Black Tent l Food Preservation—Dehydrating and Canning: Preserve food utilizing time-proven methods in updated ways that save energy. Learn about building and using the Walk solar food dryer as well as using steam for canning and juicing. Larisa Walk and Bob Dahse, CoAuthor, Feeding Ourselves - The Four Season Pantry from Plant to Plate. Sunday 2:00 p.m. in the Green Tent lll Grow Don’t Mow! Life after Lawn: Learn to convert your thirsty lawn into a beautiful water-smart garden! This inspiring and informative workshop will get homeowners and design professionals excited about water conservation, soil health, and habitat creation. The workshop will explore simple and low-cost methods of removing a lawn, how to create a site analysis, how to design a garden that fits your needs, and what plants to choose for a drought tolerant space. Discussion will include natives, food gardens, habitat gardens, succulents, prairies, and even non-plant options. Attendees will learn something new and walk away armed with knowledge that

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Growing Your Own Fruit Trees in Hostile Climates: While it’s pretty easy to grow fruit trees in moderate climates, there are many challenges we northern homesteaders face. Learn how to select the best varieties to match your zone, what trees NOT to waste your money on, and how to plant, care throughout the year, and keep your baby trees safe from pests. Nearly every yard has room for a few fruit trees. Jackie Clay, Homesteader, Writer for Backwoods Home Magazine. Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the Black Tent ll

We Inform You Energy and Environmental Information EESI is a bipartisan nonprofit educating policymakers on sustainable practices with Congressional briefings and other advocacy efforts. EESI is a go-to resource for reliable, credible information on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation issues. We release 2 weekly newsletters, Climate Change News and Sustainable Bioenergy, Farms and Forests, as well as fact sheets and web articles.

Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation: This basic introduction to mushroom cultivation will cover several species of gourmet mushrooms. The techniques on how to inoculate using different cultivar and media. Matt Ratliff, Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms LLC. Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent l

G10. Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Pollinators face a number of issues from habitat loss, pesticides, disease and climate change. I discuss how gardeners can help pollinators in several ways; through plant selection, changes in cultural practices and sensible pest control. In addition I challenge the audience to go bee watching in their gardens or neighborhoods and show them five Minnesota native bees that are easy to identify, then talk about the foraging and nesting habits of those bees and ways to specifically help them. Rhonda Fleming, Author, Pollinator Friendly Gardening. Saturday 2:00 p.m. in the Green Tentlll G11. Steps to Harvesting and Processing Maple Syrup: This workshop will discuss how to process maple sap into maple syrup. We will discuss different processing methods, proper finishing, and filtering to ensure a quality product for you and your customer. Jim Adamski, Sales Consultant, Sugarmaker for 30+ Years, CDL Wisconsin / Roth Sugarbush. Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Green Tentlll G12. Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: Learn how you can grow fresh salad greens throughout the winter with no lights, no greenhouse, and little more than a cupboard and a windowsill. Lee Olson will teach you a method that provides delicious, healthy salad greens in less than ten days at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market. You will go home with a “growing salad” and information on how and where to purchase inexpensive supplies for more growing. Lee Olson, Grant Recipient, Macalester College and Barb Wagner. Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Green Tent l

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We Provide Help On-Bill Financing Assistance EESI’s On-Bill Financing Project is an ongoing initiative aimed at helping families reduce energy use, cut energy bills, and improve home comfort. EESI provides assistance, at no cost, to co-ops and public utilities looking to implement on-bill financing projects. How it works: the utility or partner organization pays for home energy upgrades, and is repaid through a monthly charge on the recipient family’s utility bill. www.eesi.org/obf obf@eesi.org www.eesi.org eesionline

In an effort to bring clean energy and sustainable living education to the broadest possible audience, The Energy Fair offers 80 workshops, and 60 + exhibits FREE and OPEN to the public! Thanks to the MREA SunChaser, MRES Solar Trailer, and the Arch Electric Solar Trailer, for powering our workshop tents with batterybased clean solar energy! Beginner: Intermediate: Advanced:

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Make Your Own Journals from Ellie Pooh: Join Cynthia, Hannah, and Lila in making your own journals out of Elephant Manure paper (Ellie Pooh) and recycled things. Take journals home! (Children ages 3 and up) Cynthia Berger, Lila Spafford, and Hannah Bernhardt, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent l

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Make Your Own Non-Toxic Paint: Kids of all ages can learn how to make their own paint using everyday items found in most kitchens. These paints are all non-toxic and safe. This year we will continue the fun by painting canvas art clothes! (Children 3 and up) Sarah Redfield, Kat Lacroix and Mandy Dalheimer, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Kids’ Tent l

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Make Your Own Non-Toxic Play Dough: Kids of all ages can come learn how to make play dough with things found in most kitchens! It is completely non-toxic and can be made in any color. Then use the play dough to make something fun and creative. Bring your imagination! (Children 3 and up) Sarah Redfield and Suzanne Al-Khali, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent l Solar Rover (Walk-Up Activity): Stop by anytime between 2-5 p.m. to learn how solar panel variables affect the type of terrain a rover can cover. Build custom tires, learning about friction, weight, and torque, in order to go the farthest distance. Then add rechargeable power storage, and watch your rover go in the sun or shade! (Children ages 5 and up) Asia Ward, Principal, Co-Founder, REcharge Labs. Sunday 2-5 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent l Solar Rover (Walk-Up Activity): Stop by anytime between 2-6 p.m. to learn how solar panel variables affect the type of terrain a rover can cover. Build custom tires, learning about friction, weight, and torque, in order to go the farthest distance. Then add rechargeable power storage, and watch your rover go in the sun or shade! (Children ages 5 and up) Asia Ward, Principal, Co-Founder, REcharge Labs. Saturday 2-6 p.m. in the Kids’ Tent l

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Build a Pervious Driveway, Walkway, or Patio from Cobblestones: James will walk you through the step-by-step process of designing, obtaining materials, and building a pervious antique granite quartzite cobblestone

art can promote societal and governmental change, and current examples. Erin Wilaby, Founder and Officer; Junior Co-Chair; Student of Environmental Science, Vagabond and Explorers Guild; Meiningens; University of Minnesota Morris. Sunday 2:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent ll

driveway, walkway, or patio. Learn how this method is sustainable and how storm water is contained. James Lamb, President, Middle Fork Engineering and Consulting. Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent l

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Create Mini Cities Using Power Grid Kit: In this workshop we will be working together to create Mini Cities, using parts from the Power Grid Kit as building blocks. The Power Grid Kit is a functioning, electricity producing, load driven model, with metered hubs to display output. The Power Grid Kit is an engaging platform designed for applications in both formal and informal educational environments, and provides a hands-on exploration of core science concepts about energy consumption and generation. Its accessible design makes it easy to demonstrate how the grid and its components work together to bring electricity to our world. Asia Ward, Principal, Co-Founder, REcharge Labs . Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Pink Tent l Demystifying the Benefits of Fermentation: An introductory overview of the world of fermentation and the microbiome. Learn the basic principals of different types of fermentation and why this is relevant to everyone. Faith Anacker, Holistic Health Educator, Fizzeology Foods. Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Green Tent l Pressure Canning Basics: Learn how pressurecanned food provides healthful, tasty meals year-round at a dirt-cheap price. This workshop covers why you should learn to pressure can, simple safety, and easy steps for canning meat, vegetables, and mixed meals in a jar. You’ll never be afraid to pressure can again! Jackie Clay, Homesteader, Writer for Backwoods Home Magazine. Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Green Tent lll Road to Aluminum—Electricity Stockpiled: Volume for volume, aluminum cans deliver some 6.8 times more electricity than what can be produced from gasoline or diesel fuel. Tapping on this energy by use of the aluminum fuel cell. Learn how aluminum harbors power and how to access that energy, and what we think are the right formulas to bring this technology to the future. Christopher Dabbs, Chief Executive Officer, Integral Dynamics Industries & Engineering LLC (IDXie LLC). Saturday 3:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent l All Access Pass or MREA Membership needed for entry. Screening of the movie Sweet Land: Come to a screening of Sweet Land, the first carbon neutral film in the U.S., produced locally in Minnesota! Sweet Land is a story of unlikely immigrant lovers whose struggle for integration in 1920’s America. Saturday 3:45 p.m. in the Main Stage Tent Sustainability in Art—Catalyst for Change: Erin will provide an overview of the intersection of art and sustainability, how art can be made in a sustainable way, how

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The Genuine Progress Indicator as a Measure of Economic Wellbeing: Ken will make the case why the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) should replace the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as our primary economic measurement; leading us to balance with our habitat and society. Ken Pentel, Founder and Director, Ecology Democracy Network. Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Green Tent lll

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Waste Reduction in the Home: Come and learn about reducing waste in every room of your home. We’ll go through the home room-by-room and share tips and ideas for mindfully managing your waste. Angie Lemar, Program Director, Recycling Connections. Saturday 4:00 p.m. in the Green Tent ll

PV Photovoltaics (Solar Electric) PV1. Battery System Concepts for Homeowners: Homeowners will learn about the differences between available battery types, what problems batteries can solve for us, and the feasibility and general costs of various solutions. Charlie Pickard, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales, TruNorth Solar, LLC, Genie Solar Support Services, Aladdin Solar. Saturday 4:00 p.m. in the Purple Tentll PV2. Building a Diverse and Inclusive Solar Workforce: Join us for an interactive panel discussion about how to implement inclusive hiring practices and sustain a healthy inclusive working environment for all. Panel Discussion, Just Solar Coalition. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Black Tent l PV3. Building Solar Powered Watercraft: This workshop will cover the basics of building your very own Solar Boat. Topics will include types of boats, electric engines, batteries, solar modules, charge controllers, electrical schematics and much more. Presentation will also include photos of Minnesota Renewable Energy Society’s annual Solar Boat Regatta and the Science Museum of Minnesota-Solar Powered Pontoon. Tom Shock, Tom Shock PV Seminars. Saturday 2:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent l PV4. Community Solar Gardens: Community Solar Gardens are centrally located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that produce electricity for participating subscribers. They’re great for people that want to go solar but are unable to do so on their own. Perhaps you live in an apartment, have a shaded roof at home, or don’t have space at your organization. Now you can subscribe to a community solar garden installed near you

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and get credits on your utility bill. Join us to see what community solar is all about and how it might work for you! Dan Thiede from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will present the basics about community solar, then dig into details like pricing, contracts, and comparing developers. Dan Thiede, Communications Manager, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent l PV5. DIY Solar Garage—Power a House and Car: How to build your own grid-tie PV solar array that powers a house and electric car from an amateur point of view. Surprising lessons learned, mistakes to avoid, and the joy of doing it yourself. Ben Nelson, 300MPG.org. Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent ll PV6. Intro to Solar Energy for Homeowners, Renters, and Businesses (MREA Solar Power Hour): Learn how solar electric systems work, learn the financial benefits, how to select an installer, and how to find available financing options. Discover everything you need to know to get started. Devon Cupery, Engagement Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Saturday 3:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent and Sunday 2:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent ll PV7. Introduction to Solar PV (Photovoltaics): Learn about the types of solar energy systems, components of a solar electric (PV) system, what makes a good site for solar, incentives and costs, and how to find an installer. James Darabi, Owner and Founder of Solar Farm LLC, NABCEP Certified Installation Professional, BS Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University, Solar Installer in Minnesota since 2008, Solar Farm, LLC. Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Purple Tent l PV8. All Access Pass or MREA Membership needed for entry. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jason Edens, Director, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance: Jason Edens is the founder and Director of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting energy poverty with solar power and ensuring that solar energy is accessible to all. Saturday 1:00 p.m. in the Main Stage Tent PV9. All Access Pass or MREA Membership needed for entry. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Michael Noble, Executive Director, Fresh Energy: Michael Noble is a 30-year energy leader, well-known for shaping and driving the major public policy innovations that are speeding Minnesota and the Midwest’s transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. Sunday 1:00 p.m. in the Main Stage Tent PV10. Living Off-Grid, Really!?: Aur ‘Da Energy Mon’, has lived off-grid for 19 years and empowers YOU to get energized with renewable energy. Learn real, fun, interesting, and low-cost ways to start living the off-grid mentality now. Start simply; start now! Aur Beck, Chief Technician, Advanced Energy Solutions Group, Inc., LivingOffGridReally.com, Illinois Solar Energy

Association Board. Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Blue Tent l PV11. Midwest Solar Energy Landscape Transformation: Three projects from Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways program present how they’re tackling regulatory, financial, technical, and cultural barriers to transform the Midwest solar energy market. Jane Cowan, Market Research Coordinator, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), Chris LaForge, Great Northern Solar, Vito Greco of Elevate Energy, and Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the Blue Tent lll PV12. Pollinator-Friendly Arrays through Policy, Habitat, and Honey: The practice of planting the land under and around U.S. solar arrays to benefit pollinators is on the cusp of becoming a standard practice—as it is in Europe. Hear from policy experts, those planting and managing the habitat, and the beekeepers who are working to promote pollinator-friendly solar arrays. Rob Davis, Director, Media & Innovation Lab, Fresh Energy; Chiara and Travis Bolton, Owners, Bolton Bees and The Solar Honey Company and Colleen Hollinger, Prairie Restoration. Saturday 3:00 p.m. in the Green Tent l PV13. PV for Domestic Hot Water and Backup Power with DIY Controller: Learn how much backup power you could generate if it was ‘free’ because the system’s primary purpose is domestic hot water. Pete demonstrates photovoltaics (PV) for domestic hot water (DHW) using a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) controller you can build yourself. Learn how much backup power you could generate if it was ‘free’ because the system’s primary purpose is domestic hot water. Pete demonstrates photovoltaics (PV) for domestic hot water (DHW) using a simple on-off controller you can build yourself. Plans will be provided. Pete Gruendeman, Designed and built the MPPT Type PV for DHW Controller. Sunday 3:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent ll PV14. Reconstruction and Characteristics of a 24 Volt Li-ion Battery Based on Leaf Cells: Used Nissan Leaf battery cells were reconnected to form a 24 Volt Li-ion battery, using a third party BMS.  Charge and discharge characteristics are graphed to compare to standard lead acid battery.  Darryl Thayer, Installer, Educator, DT Renewables and Stewart Roberts, Battery and Advanced Technologies Specialist, The Foreign Service Hybrid and EV Repair. Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent ll PV15. Solar PV – Now the Cheapest Electricity: PV systems are competing successfully with fossil-fuel power on price alone in many places. Systems large and small are going up fast. Learn how to compute the cash-flow of a PV system at your home. John Richter, Co-founder, Institute for Sustainable Energy Education. Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the Purple Tent l PV16. The Changing Solar Landscape and What it Means for You: We will discuss tools and resources available to help consumers move

forward with solar and highlight the various opportunities that exist to go solar - including rooftop, community solar gardens, and even green pricing programs or RECs. We will also discuss how recent legislative activity has changed which incentive programs are available and what opportunities may look like in differing utility territories. Lissa Pawlisch, Director, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent l

SH Solar Heating & Cooling SH1. High Mass Sand Beds and Solar Thermal Storage: High mass sand beds are commonly used for inter-seasonal long-term storage of solar thermal heat. This session will address this and other methods of banking the summer heat for winter use. Benjamin Nusz, Renewable Energy Specialist Instructor, Mid-State Technical College. Saturday 3:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent l SH2. Intro to Solar Hot Water: For those who know little-to-nothing about solar water heating, this workshop is a non-technical description of system types, applications, theory, design, installations, and economics of solar water heating. Benjamin Nusz, Renewable Energy Specialist Instructor, Mid-State Technical College. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Purple Tent l SH3. The Solar Greenhouse: Ben will address ways to maximize solar heat gain from a greenhouse through both diurnal and seasonal storage techniques. He will also describe ways for active solar thermal to increase solar gain. Benjamin Nusz, Renewable Energy Specialist Instructor, Mid-State Technical College. Saturday 2:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent lll

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SP Solar Professional Earn Continuing Education Credits. NABCEP and *approval pending for Minnestoa Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) SP1. 2017 NEC Changes for PV Systems (3 hour, 3 NABCEP, 3 DLI *approval pending): 2017 NEC is loaded with major changes, revisions, and new articles that pertain to energy efficiency as well as renewable energy sectors. Learn about new NEC articles on Battery Storage as well as microgrids. *Approval pending for Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) continuing education (CE) code credits for electricians. Tom Shock, Tom Shock PV Seminars and Kris Schmid, Owner/Founder, Legacy Solar, LLC. Friday 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. in the Main Stage lll SP2. Advancements in PV (1 NABCEP): Learn about solar electric with a review of the latest issues in PV design and installation with plenty of time for questions by participants regarding their concerns. Christopher LaForge, ISPQ Certified Master Trainer, Great Northern Solar. Saturday 12:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion lll SP3. DC Micro Grids: What They Are and Future Impacts (1 NABCEP): Microgrids have existed since power distribution systems were first created. With the growth of renewable and energy storage systems, DC Microgrids will enable companies and communities more control of the energy they consume and sell. This subject is so popular, the National Electrical Code created a new article. Attending this course will have you thinking about energy in a way never imagined. Tom Shock, , Tom Shock PV Seminars. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion ll SP4. Energy Storage and Renewable Energy (3 hour, 3 NABCEP): Improvements in energy storage systems and low photovoltaic prices are making people more interested in going “off the grid.” Find out how energy storagebased systems work with or without the grid, when they are appropriate, and when energy storage may be profitable. System designs and planning will be covered in depth. Christopher LaForge, ISPQ Certified Master Trainer, Great Northern Solar. Saturday 2:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion ll SP5. Ground Mount Solar Racking with Helical Anchors (1 NABCEP): Malina will demonstrate this time saving racking kit that

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uses helical anchors. Malina Solar Structures and their partners Terrafix International of Germany, use a pre-assembled racking system that eliminates concrete and the uncertainty of driven piles. Patrick Holt, Dealer Development North American Sales, Malina Solar Structures. Friday 3:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion ll SP6. Inspecting PV Systems (2 hour, 2 NABCEP, 2 DLI *approval pending): This course is based on Articles 690 and 705 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) and how they pertain to photovoltaic (PV) systems. The course will also review some of the key requirements in Chapters 1-4 of the NEC, as well as equipment listing and labeling requirements. *Approval pending for Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) continuing education (CE) code credits for electricians. Julie Brazeau, Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Friday 3:00 p.m. in the Main Stage lll SP7. Installing MT Solar Top-Of-Pole Mounts (1 NABCEP): Learn about MT Solar’s new and improved Top-Of-Pole mounting systems. Installers can save time and money by installing the mount, racking and modules at ground level, then hoisting the array to the top of the pole. We’ll go through the installation process, step by step. Discussion will also highlight features such as the handcrank tilt adjuster, flexible design capabilities and short lead times. Janelle Ramaker, MT Solar. Friday 4:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion ll SP8. Making Your Community “Solar Ready”: This workshop will explain how local governments are necessary players in creating viable solar markets, and will offer specific opportunities to remove barriers and create local incentives for local solar development. Brian Ross, Senior Program Director and Trevor Drake, Program Manager, Great Plains Institute. Friday 11:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll SP9. Meeting the Needs of the Solar Workforce: Solar Training and Hiring Insights: The Solar Training Network, led by The Solar Foundation, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, exists to help bridge the gap between solar training and solar employment opportunities. As part of this endeavor, the Solar Training Network completed a comprehensive solar training needs assessment report. The report aggregates data from several research efforts, including an extensive survey of more than 400 solar installers. It also draws on interviews with dozens of solar employers, trainers and workforce development boards. This seminar will elucidate the findings of this report, as well as provide an overview of the programs offerings, upcoming releases, and general training and hiring insights. Tim Olson, Director of Legal Affairs, The Solar Foundation. Friday 2:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll

SP10. Overview of Safe Work Practices for PV Installers: Learn how this UW Milwaukee grant program can provide free Train-theTrainer classes to your personnel, enabling you to offer solar specific safety training to all of your employees. Learn how to identify and mitigate overexertion, slip/trip/falls, struckcaught, electric shock/electrocution hazards when in the field, as well as topics relating to noise, environment, and employee rights and responsibilities. The curriculum is solar specific and includes interactive activities and hands-on demonstrations. Don’t miss the full 3 hour workshop (SP12) on Sunday. Dr. Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, Professor, Dept. Chair, CARGI at UW-Milwaukee and Madiha Ahmed, MS, PhD candidate in Ergonomics and Safety, UW-Milwaukee Friday 2:00 p.m. in the Main Stage lll SP11. Real Time Analysis of Standalone Home (1 NABCEP): A Minnesota off-grid home’s energy use is tracked for one heating season.  The real data, presented and analyzed to reveal generator run time, battery usage, and system design considerations. Darryl Thayer, Installer, Educator, DT Renewables. Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion ll SP12. Safe Work Practices for PV Installers (3 hour, 3 NABCEP): Training includes hands on activities and demonstrations specific to solar industry on the following: overexertion (lifting, awkward posture, carrying, pushing/pulling, etc.), slip/trip/falls, struck-caught, electric shock/electrocution, employee rights and responsibilities, noise, and environment. Dr. Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, Professor, Dept. Chair, CARGI at UW-Milwaukee and Madiha Ahmed, MS, PhD candidate in Ergonomics and Safety, UW-Milwaukee. Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion lll SP13. Solar Financing for Business and Nonprofits: Want to unlock the financial power of solar energy? Come gain insight by learning how to use MREA’s powerful Solar Finance Simulator Tool to choose the best financing option and harness solar energy for your business, home or nonprofit. Eric Rehm, Solar Finance Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Friday 9:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll SP14. SolSmart: Helping Communities Take the Next Step Towards Solar: SolSmart is a new national designation program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets. Come learn how your community can receive no-cost technical assistance and receive high-profile, national recognition for its efforts to become “open for solar business” and hear from the experience of local SolSmart advisors. Phillip Haddix, Program Director, SolSmart Technical Assistance Provider and Brian Ross, SolSmart Advisor, Great Plains Institute; Cameran Bailey, SolSmart Advisor, Metropolitan

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heat and winter freeze. Time for questions. Moderated by Jukka Kukkonen, Founder, PlugInConnect, LLC. and MN PEV Owners’ Circle members. Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the Yellow Tent l

Council; Eric Rehm, SolSmart Advisor, Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Friday 1:00 p.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion l SP15. Solutions for Financing Local Government Solar Projects: Want to unlock the financial power of solar energy? Come gain insight into local solar financing options using the MREA’s Solar Finance Simulator Tool. Eric Rehm, Solar Finance Manager, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Friday 10:00 a.m. in the Solar Pro Pavilion llll SP16. Syncing Electric Vehicle Charging with Renewables (1 NABCEP): With the exciting opportunity of flexible, connected loads like EV Charging coming online at volume in the next couple of years, utilities have opportunities to use charging as a resource to help regulate the grid, allowing increased integration of renewables. Learn how this is becoming a reality and how projects are currently demonstrating these concepts. Jim Goodman, EV Charging Specialist, ZEF Energy. Friday 1:00 p.m. in the Main Stage Tent ll

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Building and Maintaining Multiple Celled Lithium Battery Packs: How to build a pack from a large quantity of cells and retain reliability and efficiency. A look into my 24 volt net zero house with a 30 KWH pack comprised of 208 cells. Stewart Roberts, Battery and Advanced Technologies Specialist, The Foreign Service Hybrid and EV Repair in Roseville, MN. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Blue Tent ll Buying a Used Electric Vehicle: Used electric cars can offer top quality features, low fuel and maintenance costs, a dramatically reduced carbon footprint, and a sticker price you will love. Hear from experts and owners what to consider when choosing a used electric car for your family. Andrew Twite, Senior Policy Associate, Fresh Energy and Panel of Used Electric Car Owners. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Yellow Tent l Convert a Bicycle to Electric Assist (Demo): We will be converting an older bicycle to run partially on electric. Ramy Selim, Executive Director, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Saturday 11:00 a.m. in the Demo Pop-up East of Exhibit Tent B l Convert a Vehicle to Run on Cooking Oil (Demo): We will show you the steps needed to convert your vehicle to run on new or used cooking oil, as well as sharing what the best vehicles are for the conversion! Ramy Selim, Executive Director, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the Demo Pop-up East of Exhibit Tent B l Driving Electric in Minnesota—Owner Panel: Did you know that plug-in vehicle owners have driven over 120 million gas free miles in Minnesota? Four members of the Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle will share their experiences of driving electric in the summer

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Past, Present, and Future of Driving Electric: Chevy Volt, Hybrids and Electrics: Brief history of electric transportation and hybrids and electric vehicles, followed by specific information on the Chevy Volt, Generation One and improvements made in Generation Two, the Chevy Bolt. Doug Lanesky, Owner of Chevy Volt, Enthusiast. Saturday 10:00 a.m. in the Yellow Tent llll

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Public Transit: A Sustainable Plan: A realistic design for car-ownership-free public transit: best service, highest efficiency, lowest cost, and proven technology. Presentation followed by question and answer. Steven Terwilliger, Presenter on Sustainability, Energy and Transportation, City of Eau Claire Sustainability Advisory Committee, Chippewa Valley Affordable Solar, Professor Emeritus Art & Design UWEC, Sierra Club, Renew Wisconsin. Sunday 3:00 p.m. in the Blue Tent ll

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Reality of Vehicle Maintenance and Conversions: Workshops will cover simple maintenance steps to increase fuel economy. Learn how to run your existing vehicles on alternative fuels, including water! Ramy Selim, Executive Director, Sunny Day Earth Solutions. Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent ll

W Wind W1. Water-Pumping Windmills: The granddaddy of renewable energy technology, water-pumping windmills shaped rural America and still work today! Learn about windmill restoration, windpowered water systems, and their history. Bryce Black, LoTec Windmill Service. Sunday 12:00 p.m. in the Black Tent ll

T10. All Access Pass or MREA Membership needed for entry. Screening of JB Straubel, Co-Founder of Tesla: Watch a screening of the keynote address by Tesla Co-Founder JB Straubel from our Custer, Wisconsin Fair in June! JB Straubel is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Tesla Motors. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. in the Main Stage Tent T11. The Basics of Car-Sharing: This workshop will go over the basics of car-sharing, how it works, why it’s important and how easy it is for one to get involved David Zeller, Marketing Manager, and Paul Schroeder, CEO, HOURCAR. Sunday 3:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent l T12. Understanding Electric Cars: Understand the changing marketplace of electric vehicles. Get help deciding which type is right for you including new or used, and make/model choices. Tips for owning and maintaining electric vehicles. Learn about how to care for an aging battery pack. Kris Simonson, Service Manager and Stew Roberts, Battery Technician, The Foreign Service. Sunday 2:00 p.m. in the Yellow Tent l

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workshops By Instructor Adamski, Jim...................... G11 Ahmed, Madiha......SP10, SP12 Al-Khali, Suzanne.................. K3 Anacker, Faith........................L3 Bailey, Cameran..............PV14 Barrett, Michael................... G1 Beck, Aur...........................PV10 Behnke-Seper, David............F1 Berger, Cynthia..................... K1 Bernhardt, Hannah.............. K1 Black, Bryce......................... W1 Bolton, Chiara...................PV12 Bolton, Travis.....................PV12 Boots Camp, Stacy............EC4 Bratrud, Ben........................EC2 Brazeau, Julie...................... SP6 Campbell-Kyureghyan, Dr. Naira SP10, SP12 Carruthers, Carmen...........EC2 Carsten Anderson, Mark.....A6 Cioci, Madalyn...................EC1 Clay, Jackie..................G8, L14 Cowan, Jane....................PV11 Cupery, Devon...................PV6 Czernik, Rob......................... G2 Dabbs, Christopher...............L5 Dahm, Bob.................... G5, G6 Dalheimer, Mandy................ K2 Darabi, James....................PV7 Davis, Rob.........................PV12 Denison, Dustin...................EC3 Drake, Trevor......................... P8 Edens, Jason.......................PV8 Ektnitphong, Nicole............. C2 Falconer, Alexander............ C3 Fleming, Rhonda............... G10 Giles, Metric......................... C1 Goodman, Jim................. SP16 Greco, Vito.......................PV11 Gruendeman, Pete..........PV13 Haddix, Phillip................... SP14 Hannah, Laura.......................T7 Hayes, Jeff...........................EC5 Henry, Russ........................... G4 Hollinger, Colleen.............PV12 Holt, Patrick......................... SP5 Houska, Tara........................ C6 Jacobson, Kate................. C10 Jacobson, Rolf......................A6 Kamps, Kevin....................... C7 Kearns, Julie........................EC1 Konewko, Bruce.................. C4 Kukkonen, Jukka...................T5 Lacroix, Kat........................... K2 LaForge, John...................... C7

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LaForge, Christopher .................... C5, SP2, SP4, PV11 Lamb, James.........................L1 Lanesky, Doug.......................T6 Lemar, Angie...................G3, L9 Lindow, Jeffre....................... B1 Madden, Alice.................... C4 MacKenzie, Leslie.............. C11 Maxwell, Thane................... C9 Morgan, Mark................ A1, A7 Moshier, Eric..........................A4 Murcia, Brent....................... C4 Musse, Zam Zam.................PV2 Nelson, Ben.........................PV5 Niggemann, Dale..............EC6 Noble, Michael...................PV9 Nortrup, Kayla...................... G7 Nowak, Brian...................... C10 Nusz, Benjamin....SH1, SH2, SH3 Olson, Tim............................ SP9 Olson, Lee.......................... G12 Pawlisch, Lissa...................PV16 Pentel, Ken.............................L8 Peterson, Richard.................A8 Pickard, Charlie..................PV1 Pinkham, Pdon.....................A3 Pomplun, JooHee............... C1 Ramaker, Janelle................ SP7 Ratliff, Matt........................... G9 Redfield, Sarah............... K2, K3 Rehm, Eric ..................F2, SP13, SP15, SP14 Richter, John.....................PV15 Roberts, Stewart......... PV14, T1 Rodney, Jason................... C12 Ross, Brian..................SP8, PV14 Schmid, Kris......................... SP1 Schroeder, Paul...................T11 Selim, Ramy ........ A2, A5, A9, T9, EC7, T3, T4 Shock, Tom..........SP1, SP3, PV3 Simonson, Kris.......................T12 Spafford, Lila......................... K1 Terwilliger, Steven..................T8 Thayer, Darryl..........SP11, PV14 Thiede, Dan.........................PV4 Twite, Andrew........................T2 Van Loh, Megan................ C12 Vanderloop, Nick.......... A5, A9 Wagner, Barb..................... G12 Walk, Larisa.......................... G6 Ward, Asia................. K4, K5, L2 Wilaby, Erin.............................L7 Yanez, Miguel........................F3 Zeller, David..........................T11

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exhibitors GREEN BOXES = MREA Member (see info: p. 5) SUNFLOWER = Fair Sponsor 3rd Energy, Inc.........................................................D3 Minneapolis, MN • 612-414-9658 bob@3rdenergy.com www.3rdenergy.com Wind power is very difficult to accurately assess. Who hasn’t heard if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute? CalcWIND integrates temperature, speed, density, flow, turbulence, sheer, direction, and many more in one easy and fun to use application. Able Energy Co……...................................………..B14-15 Oakdale, MN • 612-913-4812 sales@weknowsolar.com www.weknowsolar.com Our approach is a more sustainable way to produce energy at a cost lower than what utility companies offer. We provide a system that works for your individual needs while conserving and producing energy in a way the environment appreciates. Against the Grain Architecture………................……..C15 Minneapolis, MN • 612-325-2154 richardvenberg@me.com www.richardvenberg.com Harvesting the Urban Forest. I have over 30 years’ experience as a green design/builder. As I remodel a house I have been harvesting the old growth wood from these 100+ year old houses. I turn it into furniture, woodturning and small objects. Air Head Composting Toilet……….......................……..C4 Westbrook, ME • 207-899-8518 wboat@airheadtoilet.com www.airheadtoilet.com The most compact and efficient composting toilet ever made. Our innovative diversion system was the first of its kind, allowing composting toilet benefits to be enjoyed in small spaces such as tiny houses, RVs, and boats. Alice’s Rabbit Whole……………...................................C5 Amherst, WI • 715-824-5294 alice@alicesrabbitwhole.com www.alicesrabbitwhole.com Alice of Alice’s Rabbit Whole brings over 40 years of wisdom into her hand-crafted herbal product line made from wild crafted & organic herbs. Teas, oils, salves, sprays, bitters, balms & tinctures are offered. Consultations, massage & mentoring are also provided. All Energy Solar……….........................................……..C9 Saint Paul, MN • 800-620-3370 info@allenergysolar.com www.allenergysolar.com Saint Paul-based full-service solar electric installers dedicated to making it easy and economical for our customers to achieve energy independence. We are currently installing solar in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Massachusetts.

AM 950……………......................................................D9 Eden Prairie, MN • 952-946-8885 www.am950radio.com comment@am950radio.com AM950 is the only Progressive Talk Radio station in Minnesota.  As one of the few independently owned Progressive radio stations in the country, we are proud to cover news, issues and stories that are not carried by the corporate media.  Applied Energy Innovations…...............…………..D11-12 Minneapolis, MN • 612-532-0384 dustin@appliedenergyinnovations.org www.aeiexpertise.com AEI bridges the gap between energy efficiency and renewables. Our HVAC, weatherization, solar and constructions divisions provide services to commercial and residential properties. We are building science & fine craftsmanship. Backwoods Home Magazine…………….......................B5 Gold Beach, OR • 800-835-2418 customer-service@backwoodshome.com www.backwoodshome.com For 27 years, readers have gained practical, handson knowledge about living in the country, gardening, preserving food, building a home or out-buildings, and taking care of livestock. We offer how-to articles on these and other topics. Black Box Bikes………….........................................…..A3 Menomonie, WI • 715-529-3522 ryland@blackboxbikes.com www.blackboxbikes.com Black Box Bikes is an electric motorcycle retrofit kit for low-cost, do -it-yourself electric motorcycles for hobbyists who want to utilize commonly used or offthe-shelf parts. Borealis Holistics………......................................……..D4 Park Falls, WI • 715-891-6299 borealis.holistics@gmail.com borealisholistics.com Borealis Holistics is a holistic health and wellness practice that includes herbal products, and is owned and operated by herbalists Nancy and Larry Kinnett. We make all products at our wellness center in the Chequamegon National Forest. Center for Energy and Environment…………........…..D17 Minneapolis, MN • 612-335-5885 jhasnik@mncee.org www.mncee.org Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit offering a variety of innovative programs and services. These services include Lending, Home Energy Squad, Education & Engagement, Engineering and Policy. Century Sun Oil, LLC…………..................................…..D1 Pulaski, Wisconsin • 920-822-1261 pam@centurysunoil.com www.centurysunoil.com We produce certified organic high oleic, cold pressed sunflower oil. Our seeds are grown on organic farms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. We do the

processing and bottling in our repurposed dairy barn in rural Wisconsin. Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota……………...........B18 St Paul, MN • 651-300-4701 info@cubminnesota.org www.cubminnesota.org A nonprofit consumer advocate that represents the interests of residential and small business utility customers across the state. We advocate for affordable and reliable utility service and clean energy. Community Power…………..................................…..B19 Minneapolis, MN • 970-270-7280 lee@communitypowermn.org www.communitypowermn.org A non-profit interested in expanding energy options for Minneapolis and MN. We support local renewable energy, conservation, energy efficiency, and democratic control of our energy system. We are seeking other partners who can help develop a strategy and engage a broader base of Minneapolis residents. Conserve School………….......................................…..B2 Land O’ Lakes, WI • 715-547-1300 information@conserveschool.org www.conserveschool.org A semester school for high school juniors and advanced sophomores focused on environmental stewardship and outdoor education. Scholarships are offered to all qualified students interested in an experiential curriculum immersed in environmental history, nature literature, and the science of conservation, while still continuing their required academic studies. EnerChange…………............................................…..D14 Shorewood, MN • 952-562-8697 mtkach@enerchange.org www.enerchange.org Public Service not-for-profit providing no-cost energy efficiency assistance to any Minnesota non-profit in the Xcel Energy or CenterPoint Energy service territory. Professional engineer guidance trend analysis. You will save money monthly. Energy Concepts, Inc.…………..............................…..B11 Hudson, WI • 715-381-9977 info@energyconcepts.us www.energyconcepts.us ECI has served the residential and commercial market since 2007. Our portfolio spans 250+ installs and 8+ MW of installed capacity. Our sales approach is consultative seeking to educate clients first. We are proud to be a SunPower dealer. Felled Woodcrafts..................................................C19 Minneapolis, MN • 978-473-0758 felledwoodcrafts@gmail.com www.etsy.com/shop/felledwoodcrafts Felled Woodcrafts specializes in the design and creation of wooden ware including: home goods, jewelry, baby toys, and furniture. Each product is hand crafted from reclaimed wood and finished with all natural materials.

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exhibitors GREEN BOXES = MREA Member (see info: p. 5) SUNFLOWER = Fair Sponsor Fresh nergy..............................................................B19 St Paul, MN • 651-225-0878 info@fresh-energy.org www.fresh-energy.org Fresh Energy’s mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. Together we are working toward a vision for an economy we thrive in and energy that ensures our well-being. Grandma Dotties Dips............................................C20 Eau Claire, WI • 715-614-0298 grandmadottiesdips@yahoo.com www.grandmadottiesdips.com Our company makes our own dip mixes. We have 17 dip mixes, 2 salsa mixes, 3 dipping oils, and 12 dessert dip mix flavors. All of our mixes are gluten & MSG free & are packed with flavor. We use recycled paper for labeling. Healthmate International, LLC................................C16 Kansas City, MO • 816-359-3478 tradeshow@healthmateforever.com www.healthmateforever.com Healthmate Forever combined TENS & PMS units for pain relief and muscle conditioning. Over one million people worldwide benefit from our therapy products. Honor the Earth.....................................................D13 Callaway, MN • 218-375-3200 info@honorearth.org www.honorearth.org Description: Our mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard. Integral Dynamics Industries & Engineering.............B8 850-319-5676 integral.dynamics@general-propulsion.com www.general-propulsion.com IDXIE develops, manufactures and sells energy conversion technologies. IDXIE’s flagship technology is centered on aluminum as an alternative fuel. Aluminum, powering IDXIE’s ALEX fuel cell delivers over 5 times as much energy as a conventional, diesel generator. IDXIE’s fuel technology produces metallic aluminum at 3 cents/ kWh. The ALEX fuel cell is a Naval submarine peacedividend technology. KFAI.........................................................................D7 Minneapolis, MN • 612-341-3144 lhonsky@kfai.org www.kfai.org KFAI is a volunteer-based and member supported community radio station.  Bringing music, culture and current events to the airwaves while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.

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Malina Solar Structures..........................................D20 Minneapolis, MN • 612-388-0505 patrick.holt@malinasolar.com www.malinasolar.com Malina Solar Structures manufacturers solar structures and ground screw product lines. There are over 1,000 megawatts of installed solar around the world, from heavy snow loads in the Rocky Mountains to the blustery winds of the Great Plains. Midwest Renewable Energy Association ....................... ...........................................Info and Volunteer Tent Custer, WI • 715-592-6595 info@midwestrenew.org www.midwestrenew.org Promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. Stop by to learn more about our courses, The Energy Fairs in Custer and St. Paul (so nice, we’re doing it twice), Grow Solar initiatives, or to buy this year’s Energy Fair t-shirt! Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light........................C17 Minneapolis, MN claire@mnipl.org www.mnipl.org MNIPL responds to climate change by bringing Minnesota’s faith communities together join the growing climate justice movement. We believe that we can reduce carbon while building justice and equity for all. Together are telling a new story about our community’s role in the energy system. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency........................D6 St Paul, MN • 800-657-3864 Info.pca@state.mn.us www.pca.state.mn.us/air Explore the connection between air quality and health at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s booth. While there you can sign up for Minnesota air quality forecasts and alerts, or download the mobile app. Be Air Aware! Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES)..........B7 Minneapolis, MN • 612-308-4757 info@mnrenewables.org www.mnrenewables.org Member-run, non-profit founded in 1979 to promote use of, and to engage in advocacy for, renewable energies in Minnesota and through demonstration of practical applications. MRES is involved in education, awareness, and advocacy efforts for all forms of renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on solar technologies. Moss Envy..............................................................D15 Minneapolis, MN • 612-374-4581 info@mossenvy.com www.mossenvy.com Moss Envy, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, redefines value by providing eco-friendly products that support a healthy home, sustainable lifestyle, and social awareness of people and planet. Visit our diverse and curated department store-like collection.

MRES Tiny Solar Home.............................................A4 Minneapolis, MN • 612-308-4757 info@mnrenewables.org www.mnrenewables.org The Tiny House is brought to you by Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) and is an interpretive exhibit/demonstration site that demonstrates a variety of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies and was built in 2012. Features include super insulated panels, day lighting, solar hot water, solar electric (12volt electric system with battery back-up), and solar hot air panels. MT Solar, LLC.........................................................C6-7 Charlo, MT • 844-687-6527 sales@mtsolar.us www.mtsolar.us MT Solar manufactures Top-of-Pole mounts that are fast and simple to install. Our mounts can fit up to 20 solar panels on a single pole. Our hand-crank tilt adjuster makes it easy for the home-owner to adjust the tilt from the ground. Multi Stove Co........................................................C18 Stevens Point, WI • 715-570-8404 daleniggemann@gmail.com Multi Stove Company is a company that makes a multiuse grill that uses multiple types of biomass for creating heat for outdoor cooking and other uses. NRECA......................................................................B4 Arlington, VA • 571-214-4124 Debra.roepke@nreca.coop www.nreca.coop/sunda NRECA represents 900+ consumer-owned, not-forprofit electric cooperatives, public power districts and public utility districts in the US. Our purpose is to power communities and empower members to improve the quality of their lives. New Society Publishers..........................................B10 Gabriola Island, BC • 250-247-9737 sara@newsociety.com www.newsociety.com New Society Publishers has been publishing books to build a new society for over 30 years. We are an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change. We help you to know the talk and walk the talk. Next Energy Solution, Inc........................................C12 Shell Lake, WI • 715-416-3022 info@nextenergysolution.com www.nextenergysolution.com An innovative solar company with locations in Shell lake and Spooner offering solar electric systems for cabins, homes, and businesses. Our patent pending E-Z set Ground Mount and the Weekender Solar Generator are perfect for cabins. Northern Sun Merchandising............................C13-14 Minneapolis, MN • 612-729-2001 info@northernsun.com www.northernsun.com We sell progressive social environmental messages on a variety of products, including shirts, stickers, buttons,

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magnets, mugs, posters, and more. Often humorous, rarely dull. Now in our 38th year and 23rd return to the Fair.

connects people, resources, and communities to promote waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting through programming and outreach.

Our oils have a shelf life of two years and are bottled in 8 ounce to 2.5 gallon sizes. We also have infused oils in eight delicious flavors.

Northland Sustainable Solutions.............................B9 Minneapolis, MN • 612-388-2542 nbconference@gmail.com www.sustainablenorthland.org A non-profit organization founded to inspire people to follow Nature’s lead in developing positive solutions and innovative strategies to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our day.

Renewal by Andersen............................................B13 Roseville, MN • 651-264-8929 christy.decamp@andersencorp.com www.renewalbyandersen.com Renewal by Andersen uses recycled wood & polymer to produce Fibrex. This energy-efficient product is used to produce maintenance-free windows, which are Energy Star rated. We promote custom replacement windows with an exceptional warranty.

Solar Farm, LLC.......................................................D2 Saint Paul, MN • 651-271-8410 james.darabi@solarfarm.com www.solarfarm.com Solar electric system design, sales, and installation. In business since 2008.

Organic Bob LLC....................................................D16 Robbinsdale, MN • 763-339-9073 info@organicbob.com www.organicbob.com Truly organic lawn care, using certified organic products. We are deeply committed to helping our clients protect their health, families, wildlife and the environment. Our values are care for people, care for the planet and a fair profit. Passive House Alliance – Minneapolis/ St Paul........D8 St Paul, MN • 651-225-8220 phminnesota@gmail.com www.phius.org/alliance/home We are members of Passive House Alliance US, organized to grow and support the community of passive building professionals in the United States. Our goal is to make Passive House design the obvious choice for new and renovated buildings. Polar Furnace..........................................................A6 Stewartville, MN • 507 254 0622 lesradcliffe@yahoo.com www.polarfurnace.com Polar Furnace G-Class models offer all the best features every outdoor furnace should have. These hot water hydronic heaters are carbon neutral using the earth’s most available and renewable energy resource: wood. They are EPA approved and use as little as 100 watts of electricity making them compatible with offgrid applications for total energy independence. Powderhorn Feed Co...............................................C8 Minneapolis, MN • 612-293-7645 powderhornfeed@gmail.com www.powderhornfeed.com Powdehorn Feed Co is a Minneapolis based chicken feed supplier. I partner with small farmers to provide the best grains for your backyard flock. Consultations and teaching about chickens is available for your community. Visit the booth! Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms LLC...............................C10 Fort Ripley, MN • 320-266-7743 info@ready2fruitmushrooms.com www.ready2fruitmushrooms.com We produce and distribute mushroom kits and cultivation supplies. Recycling Connections...........................................D18 Stevens Point, WI • 715-343-0722 angie@recyclingconnections.org www.recyclingconnections.org Recycling Connections is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that

Retired Towel Factory..............................................D5 Bloomington, MN • 9523-217-3282 retiredtowelfactory@usfamily.net Bibs made from recycled towels, sized to fit infants, toddlers, and adults. RetroGreen Energy................................................D19 St. Cloud, MN • 320-252-8888 lisa@retrogreenenergy.com www.retrogreenenergy.com We focus on using high performance insulation & building science to improve home performance and energy efficiency. Our work encompasses all types of existing buildings including residential, agricultural, industrial & commercial. RJK Enterprises/ Hybridligh...................................C11 Farmington, MO • 573-315-8699 ronkerfoot09@gmail.com www.solarflashlights.info The HybridLight SolarLight generates power from any light source. When fully charged the HybridLight can hold a charge for years. Hybridlights are durable, environmentally friendly and guaranteed for life! Cost effective/No more batteries. Roth Sugarbush.....................................................B12 Cadott, WI • 715-289-3820 info@rothsugarbush.com www.rothsugarbush.com Since 1954 the Roth family has been supplying top quality maple syrup making equipment to producers across the Midwest. If you have two taps in the backyard or a 25,000 tap commercial operation, the Roth Sugarbush has you covered. Self-Reliance Magazine...........................................B6 Gold Beach, OR • 541-247-0300 customer-service@self-reliance.com www.self-reliance.com Learn all about canning your food, growing a fantastic garden, and creating your own jobs at home to become more financially self-reliant. Also, learn about livestock and backyard animals that produce additional food for your families. Smude Oil / Kowalzek Soothing Salves....................B3 Brainerd, MN • 651-795-9387 jmattes60@gmail.com www.smudeoil.com Smude is a cold-pressed, non-GMO, high-heat cooking oil made from our own Minnesota-grown sunflowers.

Solid Rock Masonry...............................................B20 Duluth, MN • 218-343-2978 info@solidrockmasonry.com www.solidrockmasonry.com Solid Rock Masonry designs and crafts all types of masonry heaters and ovens. We teach classes on masonry heater and oven building, and we sell DIY masonry heater and oven kits and doors.  Sunny Day Earth Solutions....................................C2-3 Minneapolis, MN • 612-465-9420 info@sunnydaymn.com www.sunnydaymn.com A non-profit education and demonstration facility based in Minneapolis focusing on sustainability. The Cargo Bike Shop...............................................A2 Madison, WI • 608-467-2316 info@thecargobikeshop.com www.thecargobikeshop.com Bikes that Move You! The Midwest’s largest selection of cargo, urban, and practical transportation bicycles. Also specializing in e-assist and cargo bike conversions. Based in Madison, WI and serving all of WI, MN, IA, and IL. The Hub Bike Co-op................................................A1 Minneapolis, MN • 612-729-0437 thehub@thehubbikecoop.biz www.thehubbikecoop.org The Hub Bicycle Co-Op a worker-owned, democratically-run cooperative serving the Twin Cities with three locations. Our co-op is focused on green, sustainable business practices and providing all types of bikes for all types of people. Timeless Essential Oils..........................................D10 Rosemount, MN • 651-322-8198 ramona@timelessessentialoils.com Timeless Essential Oils is a Minnesota small business importing high quality therapeutic essential oils and handcrafting premium organic body care & aromatherapy products. 10% of profits are donated to global human rights charities. Transition Town - All St Anthony Park….........……..B17 St Paul, MN info@transitionasap.org www.transitionasap.org Our purpose is to raise the understanding in St. Anthony Park of climate change, the limits of fossil fuels, and the adaptation of our community that is possible and positive.

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exhibitors

GREEN BOXES = MREA Member (see info: p. 5)

TruNorth Solar.......................................................B1 Edina, MN • 612-888-9599 info@trunorthsolar.com www.trunorthsolar.com TruNorth Solar is a Minnesota-based solar installation company specializing in residential, commercial, utility-sized projects, and solar gardens, taking each project from start to finish with quality and integrity money isn’t all that you’re saving!

SUNFLOWER = Fair Sponsor

WaterFurnace International Inc..............................C1 Cambridge, WI • 260-442-5374 scott.niesen@waterfurnace.com www.waterfurnace.com We offer ground-sourced heat pumps.

EXHIBITORS By Category BIOMASS HEATING

Multi Stove Co....................................C18 Polar Furnace.......................................A6 Solid Rock Masonry............................ B20

BOOKS / MEDIA

Backwoods Home Magazine............. B5 KFAI........................................................D7 New Society Publishers...................... B10 Self-Reliance Magazine...................... B6 AM 950...................................................D9

CLEAN TRANSPORTATION

Black Box Bikes......................................A3 The Cargo Bike Shop...........................A2 The Hub Bike Co-op.............................A1

EDUCATION Conserve School.................................. B2

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Applied Energy Innovations.........D11-12 EnerChange.......................................D14 Renewal by Andersen....................... B13 RetroGreen Energy............................D19 WaterFurnace International Inc.........C1

FINANCIAL

Center for Energy and Environment .............................................................D17

NON-PROFIT

Citizen’s Climate Lobby, St Paul.......D13 Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota... B18 Community Power............................. B19 Fresh Energy........................................ B16 Honor the Earth..................................D13 Midwest Renewable Energy Association ....... Info and Volunteer Tent Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light..C17 Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES).................................................... B7 MRES Tiny Solar Home..........................A4 Northland Sustainable Solutions......... B9 Passive Solar Alliance..........................D8 Recycling Connections.....................D18

Xcel Energy Tiny House..........................................A5 Minneapolis, MN • 800-895-4999 www.xcelenergy.com The Xcel Energy tiny house is full of big ideas. At just 110 square feet, it’s a low-impact living space packed to the rafters with simple ways to contain your carbon footprint, from programmable thermostats and lowflow bathroom fixtures, to solar panels that use the sun’s energy. Stop by to learn more!

/ Perfect Welding / Solar Energy / Perfect Charging

Sunny Day Earth Solutions............... C2-3 Transition Town - All St Anthony Park ............................................................. B17

PHOTOVOLTAICS (SOLAR ELECTRIC)

Able Energy Co............................. B14-15 All Energy Solar.....................................C9 Energy Concepts, Inc........................ B11 Malina Solar Structures......................D20 MT Solar, LLC..................................... C6-7 Next Energy Solution, Inc...................C12 Solar Farm, LLC.....................................D2 TruNorth Solar........................................ B1

SUSTAINABLE FARM & GARDEN

Century Sun Oil, LLC.............................D1 Organic Bob LLC................................D16 Powderhorn Feed Co..........................C8 Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms LLC...........C10

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Against the Grain Architecture........C15 Air Head Composting Toilet................C4 Alice’s Rabbit Whole...........................C5 Borealis Holistics....................................D4 Felled Woodcrafts..............................C19 Grandma Dotties Dips.......................C20 Healthmate International, LLC.........C16 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ...............................................................D6 Moss Envy............................................D15 Northern Sun Merchandising...... C13-14 Retired Towel Factory..........................D5 RJK Enterprises/ Hybridlight...............C11 Roth Sugarbush.................................. B12 Smude Oil / Kowalzek Soothing Salves... ............................................................... B3 Timeless Essential Oils.........................D10

UTILITY

NRECA................................................... B4 Xcel Energy Tiny House........................A5

A NEW GENERATION OF SOLAR SYSTEMS THE FRONIUS SMART SOLUTION COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL SNAPINVERTERS AVAILABLE FROM 1.5 - 24.0 KW / Experience high quality power conversion from a privately owned, bankable technology leader. / Fully integrated features include Wi-Fi, SunSpec Modbus, free lifetime monitoring, AFCI, and DC disconnect. / Maximize system design and flexiblity with dual MPPT, streamlined technology and multiple grid connections. / The only truly field serviceable option for long-term sustainability and security. / Conveniently installed in under 15 minutes on a pole, rooftop, or ground mount. / Learn more at www.fronius.com, www.24hoursofsun. com or contact us at pv-sales-us@fronius.com

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3rd Energy, Inc......................................D3

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EXHIBITORS By Location OUTDOOR EXHIBITOR BOOTHS

B17.....Transition Town, St Anthony Park B18.............. Citizens Utility Board of MN B19............................Community Power B20.......................... Solid Rock Masonry

A1........................... The Bike Hub Co-op A2..........................The Cargo Bike Shop A3.................................... Black Box Bikes A4........................ MRES Tiny Solar Home A5...................... Xcel Energy Tiny House A6......................................Polar Furnace

EXHIBIT TENT C

C1......WaterFurnace International, Inc. C2-3..............Sunny Day Earth Solutions C4.............. Air Head Composting Toilet C5..........................Alice’s Rabbit Whole C6-7............................................MT Solar C8............Powderhorn Feed Company C9................................... All Energy Solar C10........ Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms, LLC C11..............RJK Enterprises/ Hybridlight C12........................ Next Energy Solution C13-14.....Northern Sun Merchandising C15.......Against the Grain Architecture C16................Healthmate International C17.............................................................. ...... Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light C18.......................................... Multistove C19............................ Felled Woodcrafts C20..................... Grandma Dotties Dips

EXHIBIT TENT B

B1...................................... TruNorth Solar B2................................ Conserve School B3................................................................ Smude Oil / Kowalzek Soothing Salves B4................................................. NRECA B5............Backwoods Home Magazine B6..................... Self Reliance Magazine B7..........Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) B8..........Integral Dynamics Industries & Engineering B9....... Northland Sustainable Solutions B10.................... New Society Publishers B11..............................Energy Concepts B12.................................Roth Sugarbush B13......................Renewal By Andersen B14-15........................... Able Energy Co B16...................................... Fresh Energy

D2................................... Solar Farm, LLC D3.................................... 3rd Energy, Inc D4.................................. Borealis Holistics D5.........................Retired Towel Factory D6................................................................ ... Minnesota Pollution Control Agency D7.......................................................KFAI D8......................................Passive House Alliance - Minneapolis/ St Paul D9..................................................AM950 D10.......................TIMELESS Essential Oils D11-12....... Applied Energy Innovations D13.................................Honor the Earth D14......................................EnerChange D15.......................................... Moss Envy D16............................. Organic Bob, LLC D17.............................................................. .... Center for Energy and Environment D18................... Recycling Connections D19...........................RetroGreen Energy D20.....................Malina Solar Structures

EXHIBIT TENT D

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Give us your input on The MREA’s Energy Fair in St. Paul! Submit an evaluation with your contact information to win a SunJack Solar Charger. Submit evaluations to the Information & Volunteer Tent, Ticket Tents, or any evaluation box in the workshop tents. Offer suggestions, tell us what you like, and help make The Energy Fair better than ever. Shine On! 1. What is your age? <18 years 18-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+ 2. Where are you from? Zip Code? ________________

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7. What was your primary interest in attending the Fair? (Please check 1-2) q Workshops q Family Activities q Keynote Speakers q Professional Development q Exhibitors q Clean Transportation Show q Music / Entertainment q Other _______________ 8. Are you a homeowner? Yes No 9. Are you interested in installing and/or investing in a renewable energy source on your property? Yes No N.A. • If ‘No’, what is your number one obstacle to renewable energy installation and/or investment? 10. Are you looking to purchase renewable energy or sustainable living items at The Energy Fair?

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15. During your time spent in Saint Paul for The MN Energy Fair, roughly how much money did you contribute to the local economy? (These expenses can include lodging, meals, gas, shopping, etc.) q $100 q $500 q $250 q Other ________ 16. Annual Income level q Less than $25,000 q $75,000 to $99,999 q $25,000 to $34,999 q $100,000 to $149,999 q $35,000 to $49,999 q $150,000 or more q $50,000 to $74,999 17. How would you rate the Fair overall? Excellent Good Fair Poor 18. How likely is it that you would recommend The Energy Fair to a friend or family member? Extremely Likely Very Likely Moderately Likely Not Likely 19. How would you improve the Energy Fair?

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