The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), in Backus, MN, is a 501(c)(3) with the mission of making solar power accessible to people and communities of all income levels. Founded in 2000 as an all volunteer organization, RREAL has grown to install hundreds of solar energy systems for low-income families and communities. The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance now is partnering with organizations across the country through a variety of programs to make solar energy more accessible to everyone.
RREAL installs solar energy systems for low-income families that are receiving federal Energy Assistance. In addition to our Solar Assistance Program installations, we install a variety of solar technologies at market rate. You can learn more about us at http://www.rreal.org or by calling 218-947-3779.
Solar Assistance: The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance provides solar energy systems to families that qualify for the Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program as a lasting solution to energy poverty. Solar Assistance fosters ecological health, social equity, and self-reliance while providing families with decades of renewable, domestic energy.
Solar Design Build: REAL Solar, a for-profit subsidiary of RREAL, designs and installs solar electric systems, transpired air systems, solar hot water systems, and solar air heating systems for both residential and commercial sector clients. REAL Solar employs licensed and NABCEP certified installers and has experience installing more than 150 solar systems. Proceeds from REAL Solar help to support RREAL's Solar Assistance Program.
Education and Outreach: The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance provides service learning opportunities, hands-on installation trainings, internships, and a variety of presentations on solar energy technologies for students and community members of all ages and backgrounds as an integral part of making solar energy accessible to everyone.