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Solar Energy Takes off in Brooklyn Park



Tuesday, April 18 6 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social 6:30 p.m. - Program

Brooklyn Park Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

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muhammud jiwa                     Moderator: Muhammad Jiwa


       Outreach Coordinator, Interfaith Power and Light




dan ruizPlans for Solar Panels on Five City Buildings


Dan Ruiz, Brooklyn Park's Operations and Maintenance Manager, will tell us about the city's big venture into solar energy. He will describe which buildings were chosen for solar panels, how the solar panels will be financed, and how much money the city expects to save on its electricity costs.



Everyone Saves with Community Solar Gardens


timothy denherder-thomas lightTimothy Den-Herder Thomas, Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF), will explain how home owners, apartment dwellers, businesses, and faith-based organizations can save money on their electric bill by participating in a community solar garden. CEF is an energy efficiency and community-owned clean energy cooperative serving members across Minnesota.  The CEF mission is to keep costs low, create jobs for those who need them most, and ensure community ownership and control. CEF works with Interfaith Power and Light and with developers that hire people of color as installers.



brandon charboneauResidential Solarlinda freemon


 Brandon Charboneau, Solar Power Consultant at All Energy Solar, will explain for which homes rooftop solar works best, tell us about the rebates available for solar installations, and describe the ongoing monitoring All Energy Solar provides for its customers after installation.  His Brooklyn Park customer Linda Freemon will tell us how solar panels worked out for her and about the savings she has had on her electric bill since going solar.



Inclusive Solar and How Solar Can Employ Everyone


zam zam musseZam Zam Musse, an Independent Renewable Energy and Sustainability Consultant, works with Cooperative Energy Futures and MN Interfaith Power and Light.  She will speak on the big opportunity solar energy offers to women and people of color. She will tell us about the free training available for people who'd like to get started in a solar energy career. Few women and people of color currently work in the solar industry.  Zam Zam's passion is to change that.  She worked previously for the California Public Utilities Commission and Chevron Energy Group.



A Question and Answer session will follow the presentations.




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