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Renewable Energy Tour 2022

Join Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and our partners in the Just Solar Coalition for a tour in Northern Minnesota promoting renewable energy. This is a great opportunity to visit solar sites and learn more about investments in the northland that are supporting a just transition to a green and sustainable economy for all.

A featured part of the tour is our closing event in Brainerd. We’ll share a light meal, enjoy live music, and engage in climate conversations. Join this last stop on the tour as we imagine a just transition to a renewable economy—not only in metro areas, but everywhere and for everyone.


Schedule – Saturday, May 14:

11:30 am:  Pine River-Backus Public Schools, 401 Murray Ave., Pine River (map)

The Pine River-Backus Public Schools is the site of a 660kW solar photovoltaic system installed in 2018. Bring your own bag lunch and enjoy a presentation by school faculty, staff, and students.

1:00 pm:  2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River (map)

Hunt Utilities Group has a 4500 square foot building made out of straw bales and mud and decorated with fantastic art. On the tour, we’ll learn about recycling greywater, passive solar heating, heated floors, composting toilets and more. A visit to Happy Dancing Turtle will include gardens, greenhouses, and children’s educational programs.

2:30 pm:  3148 Bungo Creek Lane SW, Pine River (map)

Balsam Moon Preserve is the site of a 6.6kW solar photovoltaic system installed in 2011 along with a winter greenhouse and trails. A young non-profit organization, Balsam Moon is “an emerging vision of peace, sustainability, and renewal in partnership with earth spirit, and people.”

4:15 pm:  9925 St. Mathias Road, Brainerd (map)

Boys-N-Berries Farm is the site of a 40kW solar photovoltaic system installed in 2021 at this privately owned greenhouse and pumpkin patch. We’ll end our tour with a meal, live folk/bluegrass/Americana music provided by Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors, and climate conversations.


All participants will need to provide their own transportation. We encourage you to car pool with others.

We hope you can join the full tour, but you are welcome to meet us at any designated time stop along the way. Sharing conversation and bringing our dreams and aspirations to light is a powerful part of this tour. Please join us for the closing site visit and meal at Boys-N-Berries Farm in Brainerd!

The tour is free. The cost of the meal is $15 per person.

Be sure and invite friends, family, and members of your faith or spiritual community. We look forward to seeing you along the tour!



Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, REAL Solar, Climate Generation, MN Renewables Now, 8th Fire Solar, Honor the Earth, Soular Scenes

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Sat, May 14, 2022
11:30 am - 6:30 pm CDT
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Julia Nerbonne