Solar manufacturer Silicon Energy open for business (and a tour)


by Joel Haskard, CERTs
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mountain Iron facility hosting free tour and guest speakers in January 2012

Media Contact: Joel Haskard, CERT Co-Director, 612-625-8759,

Silicon Energy staff MT. IRON, MN – It may be the shortest day of the year, but solar is on the rise in Minnesota. The latest example of this burgeoning Minnesota industry is Silicon Energy, a company that opened a new solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing facility on the Iron Range earlier this year.

Join Northeast Clean Energy Resource Team (NE CERT) on January 11, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:30pm to tour Silicon Energy’s new solar manufacturing facility, learn about the opportunities solar power offers for economic development in Northern Minnesota, and find out how solar can work in your community. Silicon Energy President Gary Shaver, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) Commissioner Tony Sertich, and utility representatives will speak and answer questions.

RSVP: Register for this free event online at or call 612-626-0555


  • 1:00: Welcome – Introductions by Joel Haskard & Bill Mittlefehldt, Clean Energy Resource Teams
  • 1:15: Commissioner’s Remarks by Commissioner Tony Sertich, Iron Range Resources (IRRRB)
  • 1:25: Opportunities for Residential, Business, and Farms by Joel Haskard, Clean Energy Resource Teams
  • 1:35: Local Utility Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    • Tina Koecher, Minnesota Power
    • Tanuj Gulati and Tyler Barrell, Energy Management Solutions for Mt. Iron Municipal Utility
    • Leo Wilenius, Lake Country Power
  • 1:50: Presentation & Tour of Silicon Energy’s Manufacturing Plant by Gary Shaver, President
  • 3:10: Q&A
  • 3:30: Adjourn


  • Who: Residents, community leaders, small business owners, farmers from Northern Minnesota
  • What: Free tour of Silicon Energy, manufacturer of solar panels on the Iron Range
  • When: Wednesday, January 11th 1- 3:30 pm
  • Where: Silicon Energy, 8787 Silicon Way, Mt. Iron, MN 55768
  • How: Register for this free event online at or call 612-626-0555
  • Why: Tour Silicon Energy’s facility and find out how solar can work in your community

ABOUT CERTs: The Clean Energy Resource Teams connect Minnesotans and their communities with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Clean Energy Resource Teams are diverse—individuals; small business owners; farmers; members of community groups; local utility representatives; educators; local, state and federal government staff and elected leaders—and all share a common interest: They want strong communities, local jobs, and secure, clean, reliable energy. CERTs is a partnership of the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Eureka Recycling, Southwest Regional Development Commission, The Minnesota Project, and Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.

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