Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)

Mission Statement

RREAL makes solar power accessible to people of all income levels.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments 62 households equipped with solar energy systems 4 states with increased access to clean & affordable heat and electricity 44 locally manufactured solar heating collectors installed 49.14 kW of solar electricity deployed Significant positive environmental impact
Current Goals Complete solar energy system installations for 31 families Exhaust REEGP funding - $130,000 Secure funding, complete engineering & site visit for Phebe Hospital in Liberia PV solar project Develop the nation's first community solar garden for low-income energy assistance Complete education & outreach installations - 9 solar powered furnaces; 42kW PV solar electric Reach >5,000 people Host Alternative Spring Break volunteers Sell 120 Solstis solar powered furnaces manufactured by RREAL Complete a dealer training Consume the Made in MN rebate funds in dealer community Reduce cost and pricing of Solstis Become Made in MN SolarWall partner manufacturer Launch professional development funds for staff Continuous improvement of safety program Transfer up to 49% ownership of REAL Solar to employees Community Solar Garden at Backus location Develop EV charging station at Backus location Develop micro-social enterprise for all team members Develop business plan for dealer program to become for profit Leverage our business software for positive growth Develop a culture of collaborative fundraising
Community or Constituency Served RREAL serves anyone experiencing the effects of fuel poverty.
Geographic Area Served Anywhere fuel poverty is an issue...MN, WI, IA, ND, MI, Liberia, etc.

Reports & Finances

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Organization Last Reviewed on 02/26/2019

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3963 8th St. SW
Backus, MN 56435
Phone: 218-947-3779

General Information

Alternative Name: none
EIN: 41-1999030
Principal Staff: Jason Edens
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 9
Number of Volunteers: 37
Number of Clients: 2000


Board Chair: Joseph "Jed" Norgaarden
Number of Board Members: 8
Average Member Attendance: 7.4

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