Renewable Energy Procurement Workshop

Curious about how solar could work on your own facilities? Please join us for our upcoming workshop for local jurisdictions on Wednesday, September 18th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm in Minneapolis. 

This workshop is a continuation of the Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Great Plains Institute hosted renewable energy procurement network. At this upcoming training, we will provide hands-on technical assistance to governments interested in creating on-site solar energy projects for their own operations. This training is a follow-up to a broader Renewable Energy Boot Camp hosted in June. This training, with experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will take place from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM in Minneapolis at PrairieCare Institute. This will be in-person only. 

Workshops goals include:

  1. Increase knowledge of key steps to develop successful on-site solar project.
  2. Increase skills in assessing feasibility and economic viability of solar projects for candidate sites and improve understanding of financing options.
  3. Increase awareness of existing tools (solar possible, mapping, etc.) to advance on-site solar and understand how to utilize these tools to advance on-site solar procurement
  4. Identify ways that Minnesota cities can share their experiences via the peer-to-peer network and promote cross-learnings to increase on-site solar projects throughout the state.

To register, please visit:

A one-hour pre-workshop webinar will be held for registered participants on September 9th, 2019 at 2:00pm CT to provide the overarching elements of the on-site solar project development process. A link to the webinar will be sent to all workshop attendees by September 6th.




Provide an overview of solar project pathway. EPA to provide an overview of steps to solar project development to prepare local governments for a more in-depth workshop training on key project elements. 

Presenters: EPA



8:30 Sign-in, breakfast 

9:00 Welcome and intros, ground rules, check-in questions

9:20 On-site solar project successes

9:50 Recap of Solar Project Pathway and overview of available resources

10:00 Why On-site solar? Identifying goals and getting stakeholder buy-in

10:20 Green Power Claims, RECS 101

10:40 Break

10:50 What financing models are available for on-site solar in Minnesota

11:45 Conducting a site assessment

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Assessing project feasibility using NREL's REopt Lite tool

2:30 Overview: Developing your RFP

3:10 Break

3:20 Assessing Priorities, Reflecting on Learnings

3:45 Where do we go from here?

4:00 Next Steps and Check Out

What: Minnesota Renewable Energy Procurement Workshop: On-site Solar for Municipal Operations

Where: PrairieCare Institute, 1934 Hennepin Ave., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55403

When: September 18, 2019, 8:30am-4:00pm

Registration: Online here 

Questions? Call Peter Lindstrom at 612-625-9634






About training partners for on-site solar workshop:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides resources to organizations interested in the deployment of solar energy projects. With support from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy, EPA has developed a Local Government Solar Project Portal to highlight individual local government progress towards developing solar energy projects on municipal properties by successfully completing key project development steps. Local government can join the Portal and leverage the experience of other municipalities who share common project development challenges and opportunities.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy. NREL has developed online training resources for local governments, from goal setting, through site assessment and understanding policy and finance, to issuing a solar RFP.

About partner organizations:

The Great Plains Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works with diverse interests to transform the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable.

The Clean Energy Resource Teams-or CERTs-are a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. We empower communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.

Together with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), the World Resources Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute have formed the Renewables Accelerator to provide technical support to U.S. cities as they explore new and innovative strategies for procuring renewable energy to meet these goals. The Renewables Accelerator provides cutting-edge tools, resources, and technical assistance to U.S. cities as they pursue innovative renewable energy purchasing strategies and strive to decarbonize the electricity sector.