Upcoming Events

September event

Friday, September 20, 9 to 11 AM

South Central Service Cooperative, 2075 Lookout Dr., North Mankato

This forum is in conjunction with ReCharge Mankato, Saturday, September 21, 10 AM – 1 PM, Meyers Fieldhouse, Minnesota State University, Mankato. It is free and open to the public.

Expanding Electric Vehicle (EV) Opportunities in Minnesota


  • Kirk Brown, REACH StrategiesKirk Brown and REACH Strategies have been key in planning the 2018 and 2019 ReCharge Mankato events. He founded REACH Strategies based on a 20-year career helping companies, agencies, and non-profits to achieve their goals by linking smart campaign, communications, organizational development and business strategies.
  • Jukka Kukkonen, Fresh Energy and PlugInConnectJukka Kukkonen is an automotive engineer by training and worked as a technical trainer and area manager for Ford in Europe. In 2010 he founded PlugInConnect to focus on transportation electrification. Jukka has deep knowledge of the electric vehicle market and he specializes in market dynamics and real-life user perspectives. He has built programs for utility companies, condominium and apartment building charging, workplace charging, DC fast charging, outreach and education and smart grid integration. In 2012 he started the MN EV Owners group, which has become one of the largest and most active regional plug-in vehicle owner groups in the nation.

All Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council events are free and open to the public.

October event

Friday, October 11th, 9 to 11 AM

South Central Service Cooperative, 2075 Lookout Dr., North Mankato

Energy Accessibility in Minnesota and beyond

On average, low-income households must spend about a fifth of their total income on energy-related expenses, straining already tight budgets. Since 2000, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) has been providing solar energy assistance to low-income families and communities as a sustainable solution to energy poverty. RREAL delivers on its mission with two programs; Solar Assistance (SA) and Education and Community Outreach (ECO). RREAL’s SA forms partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, Community Action Partners, utilities, faith-based organizations, and many others to deliver solar to low-income folks locally, nationally, and internationally. ECO offers a variety of educational and community outreach opportunities, including inclusive solar workforce training, STEAM-based curriculum for schools, and presentations like this one. RREAL has installed 1.5 megawatts of solar on Minnesota schools and their national SA offering, Community Solar for Community Action (CS4CA) program was a winner of the US Department of Energy's Solar in Your Community Challenge.


Vicki O'Day — Vicki O’Day's early career spanned twenty years in the financial services industry where she helped people invest for their futures then later focused on development of new products and services. She’s an active advocate for advancing the clean energy economy and transforming money consciousness. At RREAL, Vicki is the Development Director, she manages the CS4CA program and works with community development leaders in creating strategies and social impact finance mechanisms to build resilient futures that mitigate energy poverty and combat climate change.

All Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council events are free and open to the public.