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Social Change Through Community Solar in Villages of India and Twin Cities Neighborhoods: Infrastructure as Socio-Cultural Technology

October 18, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Tapestry: Warli Water Solar

Join us at St. Thomas University in the O’Shaughnessy Frey Library Room 108 for this exciting event!

Monday, October 18th from 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion
Featured Speaker: Anshuman Lath, GramOorja
Timothy Den-Herder Thomas, Cooperative Energy Futures)
Marcus Mills, Community Power)
Kathryn Milun, Solar Commons)
Jason Edens, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance )
Asia Ward, Public Artist/Solar Energy)

How is community solar part of the solution to the problems of inequality and climate change across the earth? In India where over 300 million citizens (roughly the population of the US) are still without electricity, community solar is arriving to electrify remote rural villages with solar microgrids that are packaged in new ownership and governance structures that empower women. In the Twin Cities’ metropolitan area, the recent 2013 Solar Gardens legislation has brought on a surge of community solar initiatives but in what social forms and to what social ends? This panel-lead discussion will consider how Minnesota’s community solar is also emerging with new ownership and governance models that make this technology a vehicle for social change. What can our local community solar initiatives learn from the village solar model in India? And how might public art be engaged to help us better imagine the potential “community” and “social ecology” values of community solar?

University of Minnesota Twin Cities: Institute on the Environment and Institute For Advanced Study
University of Minnesota Duluth: Center For Social Research, Anthropology Program, Cultural Entrepreneurship Program
St. Thomas University

Special thanks to the solar legal minds at Henson Efron.

*This event is at St. Thomas University to link with the Great Plains Institute/Metro Clean Energy Teams annual renewable energy networking event for the state of Minnesota, which is also free and open to the public and begins at 3pm right after our event.


October 18, 2016
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm