Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
3963 8th St SW Backus, MN 56435
218-947-3779

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

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Mission: 
Making Solar Power Accessible To People of All Income Levels
Year Established: 
2000
Employees: 
13
Company Details
About Us: 

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.

Our Programs:

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.

Dedication to Community: 
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 fuel poverty. Solar Assistance fosters ecological health, social equity, and self-reliance while providing families with decades of renewable, domestic energy.
Certifications: 
Professional: NABCEP PV Installation Professional
Professional: NABCEP PV Technical Sales
Professional: NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification
Professional: MREA Solar PV Site Assessor Training
Other Certifications: 
SRCC Product line; Joel Lindstrom, Electrician: NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, Electrical Contractor; Roger Garton, Technical Director: Mechanical Engineer, Building Contractor, NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer; Jason Edens, Director: Builiding Contractor, NABCEP Certifed Solar Thermal Installer
Memberships: 
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES)
Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association (MnSEIA)
Contact Info
John Vaughn
3963 8th St SW Backus, MN 56435
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