Answers to commonly asked questions about MnSEIA membership. See below for staff contact information if you have more questions!
Q: How long does my MnSEIA membership last?
A: MnSEIA memberships are annual. Membership runs exactly one year from sign-up.
Q: I want to renew my membership. How can I do this?
A: Renewal invoices are issued for payment during the month you originally signed up. If you would like to renew early, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How can I update my contact information, address, or logo?
A: Email email@example.com with any changes to your company's information on our website and Member Roster.
Q: What email lists can I subscribe to?
A: MnSEIA members can join the email lists below. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe yourself or others at your company to these lists.
- Minnesota Brightfields
- Commercial & Industrial Installers
- Community Solar Garden Developers
- Distributed Generation (DG) Tariff
- General Membership
- Policy & Regulatory Updates
- Residential Installers
- Utility Scale Solar
Q: When are MnSEIA member meetings?
A: Member meetings are held quarterly for members. See the schedule of our upcoming events here.
Q: How do I join MnSEIA's President's Circle?
A: Joining the President's Circle is easy! Email email@example.com and we will invoice you for 25% of your membership dues. See the full list of President's Circle benefits here.
Q: How can members contribute to MnSEIA's policy work?
A: Throughout the year, members can suggest bill ideas for MnSEIA staff to advocate for during the Legislative Session. Members can also contribute to our Legislative Prospectus, which directly funds MnSEIA staff, lobbyists, and the bills we work on at the Capitol.
Members can also subscribe to our “Policy & Regulatory Updates” email list and join our Policy committee to get involved.
Q: How do I join the Board of Directors?
A: MnSEIA's Board of Directors are elected by our members each September at our annual member meeting. As directed by our Bylaws, only current MnSEIA members in good standing are eligible to run for the Board. Board members serve three-year terms and help drive the strategic vision of MnSEIA, our policy initiatives, and oversee the management, finances, and other affairs of the organization. If you're interested in running for the Board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: What committees can I participate in?
A: MnSEIA members are welcome to join Board committees and work alongside staff and Board to support our initiatives. The following committees meet regularly or cyclically. The expected time and responsibilities for each committee varies, but is typically an hour or two of participation a month Please email email@example.com for more information or to join a committee.
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Create a more diverse and equitable solar + storage industry.
- Events - Help plan Member Meetings and other fun MnSEIA events throughout the year.
- Gateway to Solar - Suggest panels and keynotes, recruit new sponsors, and support staff on our annual conference.
- Membership - Support staff in finding new members and retaining existing members.
- Nominating - Support MnSEIA's annual Board elections and recruit qualified candidates.
- Policy & Regulatory - Provide guidance on policy issues during the Legislative Session and input on regulatory dockets.
Q: Where can I view MnSEIA's Code of Conduct?
A: MnSEIA and its members and their employees, ascribe to certain ethical obligations to the general public, to their customers, and to the solar and storage industries. See the Code of Conduct on our website here.
Q: Is my membership tax-deductible?
A: Dues may be deductible as business expenses for federal income tax purposes. However, check with your tax accountant to review your specific situation. Tax deductibility of dues paid to MnSEIA as ordinary business expenses is subject to restrictions. The portion of dues attributed to lobbying activities is not deductible. MnSEIA estimates that the non-deductible portion of dues is 24%. MnSEIA is a registered 501(c)(6) with federal tax ID number 27-0619097.
Q: Does a MnSEIA membership include a SEIA membership?
A: Even though we are state affiliates of the national SEIA, a membership in one association does not equal a membership in the other.