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No Planned Events at This Time

As life and in-person events resume, we look forward to getting together again with our friends, partners, and supporters, planning events to celebrate clean, solar energy and the power and possibility in building a solar-powered future for Central & Northern Minnesota. Sign up for our email updates to read about program accomplishments and learn about future events! We can't wait to meet you!


Sunday, January 26th, 2020

Roundhouse Brewery's Sunday FUNDay

Join the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance and Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity for some FUN IN THE SUN! Enjoy an afternoon with cold beverages, a taco bar, trivia, music, games, and some warm weather vibes!! COME HUNGRY!

All funds will go to support our local Solar for Humanity work with Lakes Area Habitat

A big thank you to our sponsors for donating a combined effort of $8 per pint and $2 per taco: Roundhouse Brewery, Widseth Smith Nolting, Schrupp Excavating LLC, Heartland Real Estate, and Sage on Laurel!


Saturday, February 15th, 2020

The 14th Annual 

Back to Basics

Back to Basics is the premier sustainable living event of north-central Minnesota! It combines workshops, vendors/exhibitors, a keynote, lunch, door prizes, and more to bring roughly 400 people together to share ideas on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and resiliency. In addition to 40+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 50+ booths providing educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. 


August 11, 2019

Sun Run 5k at Big Axe Brewing | Part of the 2019 MN Brewery Running Series

Join us at Big Axe Brewing on Sunday, Aug 11 @ 10am for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line! 

Also, check out our radio segment on 106.7 WJJY where we talk about the event!

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September 26, 2019

Solar for Schools Ribbon-Cutting at Pine River-Backus
High School

Join us as we celebrate the completion of our Solar Schools project! R5DC and RREAL will be the Masters of Ceremonies for the Ribbon-Cutting, Septermber 26th from 2-4:30pm at the Pine River-Backus High School.

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October, 2019

Sustainability Tour 2019 Central Minnesotan Homes

The Sustainability Tour is a self guided tour across Central Minnesota.  Explore sustainable homes and sites across the area to learn more about what other people are doing to engage in sustainability. Then join us for light food and drinks RREAL in Backus after!

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