Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

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Our Mission

We are dedicated to making solar energy accessible to communities of all income levels.


Since 2000, our 501(c)(3) organization has accomplished our mission by providing solar energy assistance to low-income families and communities as a sustainable solution to energy poverty. We also have offered internships, hands-on training, and workshops for people of all ages to learn about solar energy as part of our Education and Community Outreach (ECO) program.

RREAL's History
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Starting in 2014, our design-build program began operating as its own self-standing for-profit corporation, REAL Solar. Since its launch, REAL Solar has maintained a commitment to energy security and environmental stewardship. REAL Solar is now also a partially employee-owned special benefits corporation.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 Bush Prize Recipient

  • 2019 DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge

  • 2018 Energy Globe Award

  • 2018 Brian D. Robertson Memorial Fund Award

  • 2018 Environmental Initiative Award

  • 2015-2018 Top 500 Solar Contractor

  • 2017 Outstanding Service Provider in MN Region 5

  • 2016 Great Energy Challenge Innovator Award

  • 2016 Climate Adaptation Partnership Award

  • 2015 Environmental Initiative Award for Climate & Energy

  • 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Mission Award for Innovation

  • 2009 Initiative Awards Outstanding Green Venture

  • 2009 Social Entrepreneur's Cup


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