Upcoming Events

Clean Tech Open Accelerator Application Deadline

May 1, 2017

Cleantech Open is the oldest and largest cleantech startup accelerator program, with the mission to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with ideas to solve our greatest environmental and energy challenges. Through the Cleantech Open's annual business accelerator program, we connect cleantech startups with the people and resources that will accelerate their success, and provide a national platform for public visibility.

The Cleantech Open is a non-profit, startup accelerator that focuses on the clean technology area. It is active across the United States in eight regions and also runs accelerator programs and competitions internationally. Since 2005, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $6 million in cash and services. And the 1000+ companies in the Cleantech Open's accelerator programs have raised more than $1.1 billion in external capital.

Positively Electric: Embracing clean electricity to power more of our economy

May 10, 2017
300 N Mississippi River Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Town and Country Club

With Minnesota’s electricity mix becoming cleaner and less expensive – and oil and gas becoming dirtier, riskier and more costly – is it time to transition to a more electric economy? Fresh Energy thinks the answer is a resounding yes. We think it’s time to start putting electricity from the wind, the sun, and other local clean power sources into more of Minnesota’s economy. Hear from Stanford University’s Joseph Stagner about the university’s dramatic and award winning shift from fossil fuels to renewable electricity for Stanford’s entire Palo Alto campus, and Great River Energy’s Will Kaul on how they are already demonstrating the value of wind-powered electric cars and water heaters. Together, we will imagine a future where our buildings, transportation, and the vast majority of our economy is run entirely off of clean energy and discuss how to start getting there. You’ll be electrified by this forward-thinking conversation about what is possible!

Lunch ‘n Learn Tour: Commercial Poultry Heating Alternatives

May 19, 2017
1004 Shamrock Lane, Albany, MN 56307 (I-94 Exit 147)
Hillcrest Family Restaurant – Banquet Room

Poultry farmers are invited to join AURI and WC CERT to learn about wood heat as an alternative thermal source for commercial poultry operations. Attendees will learn about a commercially designed 1.65 MMBtu wood chip furnace, fuel cost savings, robust flock production, and performance in a live production environment from the project manager, Fritz Ebinger, and area farmer and project host, Bill Koenig.  Attendees will also learn about financing mechanisms through the USDA, county government, and MN Dept. of Ag to fund equipment and improvements for poultry operations.  This educational event is free and open to all poultry farmers. A light lunch is included.

25th Annual Minnesota Renewable Energy Society Solar Boat Regatta

May 20, 2017
9180 Riley Lake Road Eden Prairie Minnesota 55347
Riley Lake Park

Midwest Solar Expo and Smart Energy Symposium

May 22, 2017 to May 24, 2017
225 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

The 2017 Midwest Solar Expo returns to Minneapolis for its 4th annual conference, exhibition and Smart Energy Symposium. Join us as we continue the dialogue on Midwest solar, gain insights from industry experts, receive hands-on product training and network with 450+ solar industry leaders from across the country. Leave with the tools to expand your business in the growing Midwest solar market.  This year's event will be held at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot -- in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.