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Strategic Vision

RREAL's Strategic Vision and Action Plan: Holding Ourselves Publicly Accountable

RREAL’s strategic vision is to use solar power to reduce poverty in Central and Northern Minnesota. We refined that focus in 2021, which means that 2022 is our first full year on this path.

Nonprofits are accountable to their boards, their funders, their supporters, the IRS (!), and most of all to the communities they serve. That is why we are sharing our 2022 Action Plan: We want our supporters and the communities we serve to know where we are heading and to be able to help evaluate how and if we are meeting the goals we have established.


This Action Plan will be updated quarterly, so anyone can back to see how we are doing.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, or want a fuller description of any goal or goals, please feel free to contact Executive Director John Vaughn at


Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to visit our website!

2022 Action Plan Dashboard

Planned Goals & Projects

Solar Education and Workforce Development.


  1. Complete the 2021-2022 Solar Internship Program at White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC). Launch Solar Associate Degree Program at WETCC in Fall 2022. 26 Solar Interns have graduated since the program began.

  2. Implement On the Job Training (OJT) programming and career/hiring events with partners ENEL, Minnesota Power, and local rural Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

  3. Export White Earth education and workforce development programming to a second Minnesota Tribe.

  4. Complete a study with Clean Energy Economy Minnesota and CURA projecting renewable energy job growth by MN region and segmenting for type of renewable energy.


Solar Small Business Development.


  1. Launch REAL-Solar to be an independent, for-profit solar design-build cooperative. Change: we are selling the business instead.

  2. Launch a majority Native-owned Renewable Energy company. In process. Business should launch in 2023.

  3. Break ground on a solar-powered, BIPOC-owned commercial greenhouse business with partner Minnesota Venture Farms (MVF). We are planning and fundraising now. Work will continue in 2023.

  4. Complete pre-development on one additional solar greenhouse and have three other solar greenhouse plans committed with MVF (currently, the five planned sites for solar greenhouses are the White Earth area, RREAL’s headquarters in Backus, Sandstone, Benson, and Paynesville). Complete an Agrivoltaics curriculum in conjunction with the planning and construction of the solar greenhouses. See above; work in pre-development and fundraising. Agrvoltaics Curriculum in process.


Solar for Humanity


  1. Complete solar projects on at least six Habitat for Humanity homes with partner affiliates in Grand Rapids, the Brainerd Lakes Area, St. Cloud, Alexandria, and Fergus Falls. All projects identified. We're fundraising to meet the budgets. Two projects were completed in 2022.


Organizational Sustainability Goals


  1. 40% of RREAL’s Board of Directors are Black, Indigenous, or people of color, aiming to fully represent all communities in Greater Minnesota. This is an ongoing task and priority.

  2. For the entire Board of Directors to attend governance training and the Network for Good donor fundraising series. This will occur in 2023.


Progress Tracking Codes

Green  = Work is on track

Yellow = There are issues and we are working on it

Red =  Goal is not being met

No Color = Delayed but still a priority.

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