The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) represents and serves Minnesota energy professionals and solar energy users. MnSEIA promotes the use of solar energy and conservation in order to best serve the public interest, to improve the environment for a sustainable future and to create family-supporting jobs. Our work centers around state legislative lobbying efforts and regulatory implementation. We also provide fantastic networking opportunities through membership meetings, educational opportunities and our annual Gateway to Solar Conference.
MnSEIA's membership is comprised of approximately 100 organizations involved in photovoltaic and solar thermal energy. We represent solar installers, vendors, developers, distributors, manufacturers, job trainers, labor unions, environmental non-profits, law firms, utilities and more.
Our History & Goals
When MnSEIA was formed in 2009 there were 330 solar installations in Minnesota, generating 1.5 Megawatts of electricity. Today, there are more than over 300 Megawatts of solar in Minnesota.
Four years of organizing with strong allies in the labor and environmental movements—plus inspiration from the accomplishments of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and SEIA State Chapters—led to 2013 solar legislation with a 1.5 percent solar energy standard, which guarantees at least 450 Megawatts of solar by 2020. We are, however, on pace to exceed that amount by leaps and bounds.
The Minnesota solar industry is growing fast. Now our goal is to reach 1 Gigawatt (1,000 Megawatts) of solar by 2019. In seven years we have gone from a 150 million dollar industry to a 1 billion dollar market. Some even suggest we may reach 6 Gigawatts by 2030.
MnSEIA's policial focus is now on driving the next wave of solar deployment. During upcoming legislative sessions, we are looking at devising policy around energy storage, utility-scale solar, and commercial and industrial markets. At the agency level we are working to push back against discriminatory "grid-access" fees in cooperative service territories, expand and improve the solar capacity credit for commercial and industrial customers, and adding an incentive to the community solar garden program to ensure residential consumers will be able to subscribe to gardens. Even though our market is one of the fastest growing in the nation, MnSEIA staff are already working on approaches to further drive Minnesota's solar market segments.
MnSEIA Board of Directors
Dustin Denison - President of MnSEIA; Applied Energy Innovations / MN Community Solar
David Fries - Vice President of MnSEIA; Hunt Electric
Jan Hubbard - Treasurer of MnSEIA; RREAL
Ralph Jacobson - Secretary of MnSEIA; Innovative Power Systems
Donna Pickard - Aladdin Solar
Brendan Dillon - tenKsolar
John Kearney - MnSEIA Staff Representative
Chris Kohn - IBEW 292
Randy Moberg - Werner Electric
Doug Shoemaker - MN Renewable Energy Society (MRES)
Margot Fleming - Itek Energy
Scott Spisak - Frattalone Companies
Timmy Droel - Droel, PLLC
Aaron Pyfferoen - Blattner Energy, inc.