Ben Butcher

Construction Manager & Co-Director

After over a decade as an ASE certified automotive technician, Ben got involved in the Energy Industry when he started, owned, and operated a home weatherization firm. In 2012, Ben accepted the position as RREAL's Construction Manager, and since, has led the installation of over 1,250,000 watts of DC power. Certified as a licensed building contractor, Ben is ready and excited for your project!

Simon Eddy

Outside Sales & Project Management Support

Simon graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering. He was an intern for RREAL & REAL Solar and helped with sales, project management, and with 8th Fire Solar and the Solar Powered Furnace. As a student he was involved in many other wide ranging projects and internships, namely designing a community solar array with the Alternative Energy Enterprise. Simon calls Duluth, MN home. He frequents the Backus, MN office and takes care of site assessments, proposals, and contracting residential & commercial solar PV projects for us. He spends his free time snowboarding, nordic skiing, biking, travelling and enjoying the outdoors.

Anthony Fair

Installation Technician

Anthony was first part of our crew as an intern through the Leech Lake Tribal College. He has since graduated and is now a site supervisor on our installation team.

Milek Kivi


1998 graduate of Wadena Tech with a diploma in the construction, electricity, and industrial maintenance. Hobbies include fishing, hunting, and gardening. 

Joel Lindstrom

Master Electrician

Joel is our Master Electrician. He has been part of our team since the beginning. He is also a certified NABCEP PV installation professional.

Kevin Peters

Lead Electrician

Kevin joined our team in the Summer of 2018. He lives in Bemidji, MN and is a licensed journeyman electrician.

John Ruvelson

Solar Technical Sales

John Ruvelson brings his wide range of training and experience to our team. He has a background in residential construction, is certified as a MREA site assessor, and as a NABCEP Solar Technical Salesperson. He loves hands-on designing and installing of solar, has experience with battery systems, and has studied wind systems. He is working on completing his NABCEP certification. John is an environmentalist, lives in Duluth, loves canoeing, trail running, and the outdoors.

Cris Winch

Installation Technician

Cris is a graduate of Pine River-Backus High School. He has been with our crew since 2016 and is an all around great guy to have around!

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