Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 11:30am-6:30pm CT
Location: Northern Minnesota

Join Climate Generation partners with the Just Solar Coalition for a tour in Northern Minnesota promoting the renewable economy. This is a great opportunity to visit solar sites and learn more about investments in the northland that are supporting a just transition to a green and sustainable economy for all.

A featured part of the tour is our closing event in Brainerd. We’ll share a light meal, enjoy live music, and engage in climate conversations as we imagine a just transition to a renewable economy not only in metro areas, but everywhere and for everyone.


11:30 am:  401 Murray Ave., Pine River (map)
The Pine River-Backus Public Schools is the site of a 660kW solar photovoltaic system installed in 2018. Bring your own bag lunch and enjoy a presentation by school faculty, staff, and students.

1:00 pm:  2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River (map)
Hunt Utilities Group has a 4500 square foot building made out of straw bales and mud and decorated with fantastic art. On the tour, we’ll learn about recycling greywater, passive solar heating, heated floors, composting toilets and more. A visit to Happy Dancing Turtle will include gardens, greenhouses and children’s educational programs.

2:30 pm:  3148 Bungo Creek Lane SW, Pine River (map)
Balsam Moon Preserve is the site of a 6.6kW solar photovoltaic system installed in 2011 along with a winter greenhouse and trails. A young non-profit organization, Balsam Moon is “an emerging vision of peace, sustainability, and renewal in partnership with earth spirit, and people.” A speaker will talk about their 200kW project being planned in partnership with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance.

4:15 pm:  9925 St. Mathias Road, Brainerd (map)
Boysnberries Farm is the site of a 40kW solar photovoltaic system installed in 2021 at this privately owned greenhouse and pumpkin patch. We’ll end our tour with a meal, live folk/bluegrass/americana music provided by Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors, and climate conversations.

All participants will need to provide their own transportation. We encourage you to car pool with others.

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We hope you can join the full tour, but you are welcome to meet us at any designated time stop along the way. Sharing conversation and bringing our dreams and aspirations to light is a powerful part of this tour.

The tour is free. The cost of the meal is $15 per person. After registering, you will be redirected to a payment page for any meal purchases. Be sure and invite friends, family, and members of your faith or spiritual community. We look forward to seeing you along the tour!