May Lunch & Learn | Community Impact

May 31, 2024
From tribal communities to new pathways for emerging farmers -- join an engaging conversation about how clean energy technology is bringing about positive change to Minnesota communities.
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Join us for an engaging discussion on community impact! Our May Lunch & Learn event will focus on how businesses are leveraging the various incentive and rebate programs to positively impact communities.

Prior to the conversation, there will be a networking opportunity to connect with other clean energy professionals, share your own experiences and ideas, and forge new connections. This is a great opportunity to expand your network and gain valuable insights from others in the field.

Robert Blake, from CEEM-member Solar Bear, and Peter Schmitt, from CEEM-member US Solar, will share their experience collaborating with two key communities. Robert is bringing electric vehicle charging to tribal lands as well as electrifying these areas and instilling the value of clean energy into schools. Peter is collaborating with emerging farmers to highlight the financial benefits of agrivoltaics. Zahra Hargens Iliff, from CEEM-member Vessyll, will facilitate the discussion, leaning on her work bringing energy storage solutions to often forgotten commercial and residential consumers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Location: Rogge Leyden Dining Room at the University of St. Thomas

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 31 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Networking & Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Community Impact Discussion
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Optional Tour of the Center for Microgrid Research

Don’t miss this chance to learn about community impact in Minnesota with the help of incentives and rebates. Plus, you can connect with others in the industry. Register now and join us for an informative and engaging event!

*This event is for CEEM members only. If you are interested in joining our growing membership, please contact Gregg Mast at


Zahra Iliff

Zahra Hargens Iliff, from CEEM-member Vessyll


Robert Blake, from CEEM-member Solar Bear

Peter Schmitt, from CEEM-member US Solar

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This is a members-only event - please contact Amelia Cerling Hennes if you have any questions regarding your membership status.
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