Summer Solstice Energy Efficiency Celebration

06/21/2021 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM CT


Celebrate Summer Solstice and Solar Power at Bird Lake Farm!
Monday June 21st, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Address: 12130 Peters Rd NE, Osakis MN 56360Hosts: Joe and Sylvia Luetmer


This free event is co-sponsored by Sustainable Farming Association Central Chapter and Minnesota Farmers Union, in collaboration with University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), and Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB).


This free event is open to the public; RSVP’s are required. Register by June 16 to ensure you will be fed!


9:30 - 10 AM    Registration, coffee and snacks 


10:00 - 10:15 AM    Introductions - Fallon Ryan, Sustainable Farming Association Central Chapter
Michelle Medina Germán, Minnesota Farmers Union


10:15 - 11:00 AM     Melissa Birch & Fritz Ebinger
U of M Ext. Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) 

-Solar PV basics and siting considerations

-Funding and financing options 


11:00 - 11:15 AM    Joe Luetmer, farm co-owner

-Solar Installation Cost and Payback

-Energy Production and Usage


11:15 - 11:30 AM    Ryan Rooney, Energy Services Manager, Runestone Electric

-Cooperatives Relationship with Solar – What to Expect

-Interconnection 101


11:30 AM - Noon    Tour of solar installation

-Solar array, inverters, meters

-Energy efficient design of building


Noon   Lunch - Compliments of Minnesota Farmers Union. Catered by La Ferme, Alexandria MN


12:30 -1:30 PM   Networking


During the event you’ll have the opportunity to network with a range of individuals with knowledge and experience in clean energy technology and finance. Each partnering organization will have a table at the event to share information and have more in depth conversations. Be sure to bring your energy bill with you; Citizens Utility Board will be on hand to help identify ways to implement energy efficiency and clean energy into your farm operation! 

Mark your calendars for an energetic event, rain or shine!


SFA's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will be implemented at this event.