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About Us

Installing solar with a commitment to integrity and excellence

The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) was founded after Jason Edens and BJ Allen obtained solar panels destined for a landfill and installed them on the roof of their home in Bemidji to reduce their energy costs. That evolved into helping others in the rural Minnesota community break down the financial barriers to accessing the benefits of solar PV and solar thermal technologies. RREAL grew and also offered solar design-build services in central Minnesota and across the rest of the state from 2000 to 2013.

In 2014, the design-build program began operating as REAL Solar, a self-standing subsidiary of RREAL. Based out of a solar-powered office and installation headquarters along Hwy 371 near Backus, MN, we have designed and constructed over four megawatts of solar installations ranging through the residential, commercial, off-grid, utility, and government markets.

We are comprised of a cohesive team of skilled builders and engineers that honor our humble, grass roots beginnings with a commitment to our mission of providing the highest value solar installations for every customer. We craft lasting solutions that meet individual needs and goals, so everyone can realize all of the benefits that solar power has to offer.

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Our Story

The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) was founded after Jason Edens and BJ Allen obtained solar panels destined for a landfill and installed them on the roof of their home in Bemidji to reduce their energy costs. That evolved into helping others in the rural Minnesota community break down the financial barriers to accessing the benefits of solar PV and solar thermal technologies. RREAL grew and also offered solar design-build services in central Minnesota and across the rest of the state from 2000 to 2013.

In 2014, the design-build program began operating as REAL Solar, a self-standing subsidiary of RREAL. Based out of a solar-powered office and installation headquarters along Hwy 371 near Backus, MN, we have designed and constructed over four megawatts of solar installations ranging through the residential, commercial, off-grid, utility, and government markets.

We are comprised of a cohesive team of skilled builders and engineers that honor our humble, grass roots beginnings with a commitment to our mission of providing the highest value solar installations for every customer. We craft lasting solutions that meet individual needs and goals, so everyone can realize all of the benefits that solar power has to offer.

Meet The Team

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