Ben Butcher, Construction Manager
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 company. In 2012, Ben accepted the position as RREALS's Construction Manager, and since, has led the installation of over 3,150,000 watts of DC power. He has transitioned to REAL Solar as their Construction Manager as well as Co-Director. Ben is certified as a licensed building contractor and a NABCEP PV installation professional. He looks forward to working on your solar project!
Anthony Fair, Site Manager
Anthony began his journey at REAL Solar with an internship through Leach Lake Tribal College in 2016. Upon graduating in 2017 we were lucky to have him join the team as a full-time solar technician. Having put his hands on nearly 2MW of panels since then, Anthony's favorite aspect of the job is knowing that he's making a difference for years to come! When he gets a spare moment, Ant's favorite pastimes include taking road trips, hanging out with his kids, and fishing.
Kevin Peters, Master Electrician &
Master of Records
Kevin joined our team in the summer of 2018. He resides in Bemidji area. Kevin is a licensed Master Electrician.
Milek Kivi, Journeyman Electrician
Milek went to Wadena Tech for construction, electricity, and industrial maintenance. Milek likes to spend his free time fishing, hunting, and gardening.
Ethan Tauber, Installation Technician
Ethan and his family live with Solar PV, in fact, their installation was what interested Ethan in joining the REAL Solar Team! Ethan is a 2020 Nevis High School grad. He brings experience in the plumbing and construction trade as he worked with his father and grandfather for over 4 yrs in those areas. When he's not working Ethan enjoys traveling, outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, skiing, paintball, and basketball. Ethan is looking forward to building your solar project!
John Ruvelson, Technical Sales
John brings his wide range of training and experience to our team. He has a background in residential construction, and is a certified MREA site assessor, and NABCEP Solar Technical Salesperson. He loves hands-on designing and installing of solar. He has experience with Off-Grid battery systems and has also 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 in general.
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 REAL Solar helping with solar PV sales and with 8th Fire Solar Manufacturing. As a student at MTU he was involved with the Alternative Energy Enterprise. Simon calls Duluth, Mn home and he frequents the Backus office to conduct site assessments, designs and contract solar PV projects. He spends his freee time snowboarding, nordic skiing, biking, and enjoying the outdoors. NABCEB Photovoltaic Associates Certified.
Jodi Evenson, Office Manager
Jodi started in Dec. 2020 with REAL Solar. She has a background in administration, customer service, bookkeeping, sales and marketing. She is excited to use her years of experience at REAL Solar as the office manager. Jodi and her husband moved to the Pine River-Backus area in 2018 and are enjoying all the area has to offer like kayaking, fishing, camping, and hiking.