Eco Experience will be back at the 2022 State Fair: Aug. 25 - Sept. 5

Let’s Cool It! Connect to the Sun is an indoor and outdoor exhibit experience that shows visitors how they can harness solar energy for power and cool the planet by reducing their use of fossil fuels. Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) volunteers will pique your curiosity about producing and storing solar electricity and about energy efficiency.


Minnesota Renewable Energy Society; Sun EnergyMinnesota Renewable Energy Society is a non-profit that advocates for renewable energies in Minnesota, with an emphasis on solar technologies. MRES will exhibit solar panels and share their expertise at Eco Experience.


  • Apple Valley High School
  • Avalon School
  • Cascade Eco Minerals
  • Century College
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) Greentech
  • Footprint Project
  • Great River Energy
  • Green Rock Apartments
  • Greenway Solar
  • Legion Region Electric Cooperative
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
  • Mitsubishi Electric Tran HVAC US LLC 
  • Mortenson Company
  • Powerfully Green
  • Prairie Restoration, Inc.
  • Recycle PV Solar
  • Solar Midwest
  • Solar United Neighbors
  • Sun Tap Energy
  • The Foreign Service
  • The Retrofit Companies
  • Werner Electric

What you can see and do

Let’s Cool It! Connect to the Sun includes the following features, including a few new ones:

  • Community Solar Garden Array and Pollinator Garden outdoors (NEW!)
  • Electric bikes on display
  • 2019 MRES Solar Boat Regatta winner on display
  • Scale model home demonstrating energy efficient features
  • LiDAR, an online tool for helping visitors see the solar capacity of their home
  • Sonnen home battery storage system
  • Repurposed Nissan Leaf battery storage demo (NEW!)