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Thanks For Celebrating the Solstice With Us!

Thank you to all those who attended and supported our first annual Solstice Solarbration Community Fundraiser benefiting MN350, Climate Generation, and MNIPL. It was such a pleasure to partner with these nonprofits and hear their amazing stories.

We are THRILLED to announce that we raised over $4,300 for these great causes! Of course, your support of these nonprofits doesn’t have to stop here! You’re welcome to make additional donations or volunteer your time and support at each organization’s website.

We are extremely thankful for our presenting sponsor MnSEIA and our supporting sponsors Sundial Energy, New Energy Equity, EganCo, EMS Partners, CPS, CED Greentech, and Werner Electric! Without the support of incredible organizations like these, we would not have been able to throw the luau of a lifetime and support critical environmental efforts right here in Minnesota.

Check out some of our favorite pictures from the 2019 Solstice Solarbration at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge in NE Minneapolis! Tropical drinks, festive games, unique raffles, and island music – We hope you had as much fun as all of us. Share your event pictures with us by using #mnsolarbration19.

Celebrate the Solstice With IPS Solar!

 

IPS Solar is throwing a Solstice Solarbration & Community Fundraiser at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge! Join us as we celebrate the longest day of the year and support several amazing nonprofits!

The evening will include a tasty family style buffet, Psycho Suzi’s famous tropical drinks, festive music, games, fabulous raffle prizes and an unparalleled view of the Mississippi River from Suzi’s private waterfront balcony.

Get Tickets!

Ticket Options

-Early Bird Admission (Until June 1st): $65
-General Admission (After June 1st): $80

Your Ticket Includes: 

– 1 raffle ticket (additional tickets can be purchased at the event)
– 2 drink tickets
– Family style buffet dinner
– a night full of fun and adventure!

Supporting Sponsorship: $500 

– six event tickets
– your company name/logo listed on event promotional materials
– your company name/logo included on event signage and at table
– a shout out from the event hosts during opening remarks

Presenting Sponsorship: $1,000

– nine event tickets
– your company listed as event co-host on all promotional materials and event signage
– ability to set up a small promotional table at the event
– ability to make brief remarks during the event

 

Proceeds from the event will be supporting the work of several amazing nonprofits.
MN350: MN350 unites Minnesotans as part of a global movement to end the pollution damaging our climate, speed the transition to clean energy, and create a just and healthy future for all.

With the imagination and dedication of thousands of volunteers and working in coalition with organizations statewide, MN350 is making Minnesota a leader in the transition to a just and livable clean energy economy. MN350 uses a full range of peaceful methods, including policy advocacy, bold public events, political engagement and nonviolent direct action to change the rules of government and corporate behavior.                                                   

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy: Climate Generation was founded by polar explorer, Will Steger, based on his powerful eyewitness to climate change from over 50 years exploring the Polar Regions. We recognize the power of eyewitness accounts and personal story, acknowledging that as our world warms, we all have a climate story to tell. Our programs work to realize our vision: a world of resilient communities with equitable solutions to climate change and our mission to empower individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change.

We provide educators, youth, policymakers, communities, and business leaders with the resources and opportunities to engage in solutions to climate change. Across these audiences, our programs work to build climate literacy, develop powerful climate advocates, and elevate leadership. Each year we reach 5,000 educators, 3,500 youth, and thousands of people through our public engagement.

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light: MNIPL is an interfaith community co-creating a just and sustainable world. They work in partnership with faith communities to build transformative power and bring the lights of people’s unique gifts to addressing the climate crisis.

They do this in two ways: leadership development programs and action opportunities that provide tangible ways to make an impact. MNIPL believes that it’s not enough to offer people opportunities to take action on the issues they care about. Instead, they believe leadership development and organizing training empower individuals to build a movement capable of creating a just and livable climate for the human and more than human world.

2019 Brings Changes to Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Program

Xcel Energy’s popular Solar*Rewards incentive program has undergone a few key changes for 2019. These changes are highlighted by adjusted incentive rates, additional consumer protection provisions, and a new low-income branch of the program.  These changes come only six months after the Minnesota Legislature passed HF 3232, which raised the capacity size limit for Solar*Rewards projects from 20kW to 40kW. You can read about that change here.


Incentive Rate Changes


In 2018 both commercial and residential program participants received $.08 for every kilowatt hour of electricity they produced.  This year, the incentive rates have dropped to $.06 per kWh for commercial participants and $.07 per kWh for residential participants.  While these reduced rates will lower the financial benefit program participants receive, they will allow the total incentive budget to be split among more projects.

 


Consumer Protection Provisions


The Solar*Rewards program now requires every installer submitting a residential application to be a licensed Minnesota Residential Building Contractor.  This aims to help protect customers by ensuring that only qualified installers are using the program.  


The new MN Contractor Recovery Fund was also created with customers in mind. The fund compensates owners or lessees of residential property in Minnesota who have suffered actual and direct out-of-pocket loss due to a licensed contractor’s fraudulent, deceptive or dishonest practices, or failure of performance.


Income Qualified Incentives


This year Xcel Energy has added Income Qualified Incentives into the Solar*Rewards program.  These incentives are only available to customers that meet certain income guidelines and have separate rates for residential, non-profit & multi-family, and solar garden customers.

 


Unlike the traditional Solar*Rewards incentives, the Income Qualified Incentives are structured as an upfront per-watt rebate combined with a production incentive. Xcel has set aside between 10 and 20 percent of the total incentive pool specifically for these projects. With the current budget at just over $9,000,000, at least $900,000 will be set aside for Income Qualified Incentives.  

Announcing Our Next Commercial Solar Power Hour

Join us for some tasty appetizers and great beer in Surly’s Scheid Hall Room on March 13th. Happy hour begins at 4:00 pm followed by a formal discussion at 5:15 pm. Network with fellow professionals and learn how investing in solar can decrease your business’ tax liability.  We will focus on how the upcoming expiration of the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has created a sense of urgency for businesses looking to switch to solar. Tickets are $20.

Your ticket gets you:
– Entry into the event
– Free access to Surly’s collection of tap beers
– Free appetizers served throughout the evening

 

Featured Speakers

Norman Jones –  Shareholder / Attorney – Winthrop & Weinstine 

Norm has been structuring and closing tax credit transactions at Winthrop and Weinstine for over 20 years. In that time, he has closed over 700 megawatts of renewable energy tax credits. His accolades include being named Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year in 2006, and one of Real Estate Law’s Best Lawyers in America for 2018-2019.

Eric Pasi – Chief Development Officer – IPS Solar

Since 2007 Eric’s helped to accelerate significant solar power adoption in Minnesota and the upper Midwest for IPS Solar. Pasi has developed notable projects including the Green Line Solar Corridor, more than 70 megawatts of community solar, and the company’s successful Solar & Schools program.

 

Surly Tap List
– Axe Man – IPA
– Space Race – Hazy IPA
– Liquid Stardust – Brut IPA
– Circular Reasoning – Roggenbier
– Resilience – IPA
– Furious – IPA
– DAF – Brut IPA
– Pentagram – Brett Dark Sour Ale
– Staycation – Pineapple Lactose IPA
– Weizenbock – Weizenbock

 

Event Menu
– Cheese board | selection of artisanal cheeses, honeycomb, marmalade, candied nuts, crostini & crackers
– Antipasto | sopressata, coppa, mortadella, artichokes, olives, giardiniera, crostini & crackers
– Chilled dips | pimento cheese, pico de gallo, black bean salsa, hummus
– Tater tot hot dish | smoked pork & brisket, mushrooms, corn, chilies
– Heirloom green salad | marcona almonds, radish, pickled tomato manchego, sherry vinaigrette
– Mini lobster rolls | butter toasted bun
– Cuban sliders | smoked pork, house-cured ham, mojo sauce, pickles, gruyere
– Smoked salmon crostini | house-smoked salmon, creamy shallot spread
– Deviled eggs trio | cornichon | piquillo relish & bacon | radish & pickled ..mustard seed (GF)
– Lamb gyro skewers | lamb meatball, tomato, cucumber, tzatziki sauce (GF)
– Sambal chicken skewers (GF)
– Chocolate chip cookies

 

We hope to see you there!

Commercial Solar Power Hour at Surly Brewing

IPS Solar is hosting another Commercial Solar Power Hour at Surly Brewery this September! This time around the focus will be on solar and commercial real estate. 

Join us on Tuesday, September 18th from 4pm – 7pm for some tasty appetizers and great beer in Surly’s Scheid Hall Room. Network with fellow professionals and learn about how solar power is shaking up the commercial real estate industry. Our Chief Development Officer, Eric Pasi, will be talking with Max Currie, Principal and Construction Manager at Suntide Commercial Realty, about why Suntide chose to adopt solar and what other commercial real estate groups should consider when evaluating renewables. 

Learn More about Commercial Solar

Tickets are just $15 and include free access to Surly’s large collection of tap beer and food options. Tickets are limited so head over to our event page to secure your spot now! 

Get Your Ticket

IPS Solar hosts Solar Power Hour at Surly Brewery

IPS Solar hosted another great networking event at Surly Brewery. With over 70 in attendance our Chief Development Officer Eric Pasi and fellow sales team member Andy Stahlman presented on the benefits of solar in the commercial real estate space.

Eric and Andy talked about building owner challenges and how to speak to each one of those while going going the growing benefits to commercial solar as well as how to secure solar financing.  

Learn More about Commercial Solar

We had a great Q&A session afterward and many of those in attendance said they enjoyed the beer and food while networking with those in commercial real estate and energy.

IPS Solar was very grateful to all that attended and committed to provide clean, affordable energy to their community.

Contact us today if you’d like to be part of our next Surly event on February 22, 2018.

IPS Solar breaks ground on 1.3 MW in Mankato

Joined by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Blue Earth County Commissioners and the local Mankato media, IPS Solar broke ground on the site that will hold a 1.3 MW community solar garden. The project will produce enough energy to power roughly 165 average Minnesotan homes.

In addition to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, subscribers include Blue Earth County, the City of New Richland, New Richland Care Center, the Hilton in Mankato and others in and around the Mankato area.

IPS Solar was very grateful to all that attended and committed to provide clean, affordable energy to their community.

The project is being co-developed by IPS Solar and New Energy Equity. This is one of many community solar gardens being brought online by the IPS Solar project team over the next 12 months. Other IPS Solar community gardens in and around Blue Earth county are still taking subscriber applications.

IPS Solar Mankato CSG Press Release 

 

Learn More about Community Solar

Green Line Portfolio Ribbon Cutting

We had a beautiful day to cut the ribbon and commission 1 MW of commercial rooftop solar in St. Paul. With St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on hand, IPS Solar, Xcel Energy, and building owners alike joined in the celebration of the largest solar project in St. Paul to date. 

After touring the 4 buildings in the Green Line Portfolio, we held a reception in the beautiful space that is University Enterprise Labs. After some brief remarks from the parties involved, we capped it off by enjoying some drinks and apps with our guests and media. 

Thanks to everyone who attended and please join us for our next solar celebration. 

Green Line Portfolio Press Release 

Download Green Line Portfolio Case Study 


Univ. Enterprise Labs | Court International | Univ. Centre | 1000 University

St Cloud Area Solar Garden Ribbon Cutting

Under a blue sky and ideal solar conditions, IPS Solar, Egan Constuction, land owners and everyone who build this great array cut the ribbon and commissioned 9 MW of community solar in St. Joseph, MN. 

Following ATV tours of over 10 acres, we held a reception in the rolling fields and appreciated a job well done. After some brief remarks from the parties involved, we capped it off by enjoying some drinks and apps with our guests and media. 

Thanks to everyone who attended and please join us for our next solar celebration. 

St. Cloud-St. Joseph Community Solar Garden Press Release 


St. Cloud Area Solar Garden Project Page | St. Joseph Area Solar Garden Project Page

IPS Solar hosting a Solar Energy Workshop

SOLAR ENERGY WORKSHOP for EDUCATORS

IPS Solar is excited to be bringing a REcharge Labs solar energy workshop to Red Wing Public Schools!

September 23rd 9am-1pm

Come to this workshop to learn about the science and technology around solar energy. The energy-based content combined with standards connected classroom activities will make it easy to bring renewable energy to your classroom.

What can you expect?

This is a FREE Training with lunch provided by IPS Solar.

Materials are geared towards 4th- 12th grade educators. In this hands-on training, educators will be going on a solar scavenger hunt, building solar fountains, and participating in a solar rover distance challenge. During these activities, educators will be learning about solar water pumping, power storage, and the variables that impact the efficiency of solar panels
Teachers do not need any prior knowledge of solar energy. They will learn about how solar power works and how to implement activities in their classroom. Preservice teachers are also invited! This event is also open to educators outside of Red Wing Public Schools.


IPS Solar is hosting this training, and will be presenting some data visualization tools, as well as a tour of the Red Wing Solar Array nearby.

RSVP Here