301 Summit Avenue,
Germanic-American Institute (GAI)
Kaffeestube Talk: See Solar in a New Light
How can the average person get involved in solar energy? Peter Schmitt from US/Solar will talk about the different forms of solar energy including residential rooftop solar, community solar, and commercial/utility scale solar. Learn about resources for the average household. Followed by a free bus ride to a solar garden, also led by Peter Schmitt.
Saturday, May 18, 11 AM–12 PM, GAI dining room, free
Solar Garden Field Trip
We’ll pass by the North Star project in North Branch (the largest completed array in the Midwest) on our way to or from the US/Solar garden in Stacy, Minnesota. On the bus, Rob Davis from Fresh Energy will talk about pollinator friendly solar and how native plants help improve drainage, fix soil, and benefit the local environment. Some pollinator friendly solar sites even have beehives to produce honey that is used to brew Solarama Crush, a one-of-a-kind beer from 56 Brewing. You'll get to sample this beer on the ride. Once we arrive, we'll tour the solar garden and plant some milkweed.
Bring a bag lunch and drink.
Saturday, May 18, 12–3 PM, leaving from GAI, free
For field trip, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 17.