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RREAL installs first solar heating system in Itasca

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We received an exciting call today from a Grand Rapids resident letting us know that today was the day solar panels were being installed on his house by the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL). As a rural Minnesota-based organization, RREAL works in partnership with Community Action Agencies and Habitat for Humanity affiliates to provide residential solar heating systems for those in need. Last year, Blandin Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to support RREAL’s installation efforts in Itasca County. After working with Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency and KOOTASCA Community Action to identify eligible households, RREAL is now planning to carry out at least five installations in our home giving area while also educating local organizations and residents on the benefits of solar heating for lower-income households. It’s exciting to see the work in action. Thanks for the call!


RREAL staff install the flashing on the roof in preparation for the solar panels

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