The University of Minnesota Morris will take part in the first annual Minnesota Solar Congress on 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the U of M’s West Central Research and Outreach Center on Hwy. 329 in Morris. Hosted by Solar United Neighbors, the Congress is a free daylong event filled with educational and social opportunities for solar enthusiasts.

The Solar Congress will have a special focus on solar opportunities in rural communities for farms, businesses, and homes. The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology, the economics of solar for farmers, solar + battery storage, and the state of solar in Minnesota.

Solar United Neighbors is a nonprofit that is building an energy system with rooftop solar as the cornerstone. Solar United Neighbors holds events and education programs to help people become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment and advocate for fair solar policies.

The Minnesota Solar Congress is open to the public. A free lunch is included. Organizers expect more than 50 attendees. If you’d like to attend, RSVP to  z.umn.edu/solarcongress

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