Energy Transition Lab recruiting students for UMN’s Solar University Delegation.

The Energy Transition Lab is recruiting students to be a part of the University of Minnesota’s Solar University (SUN) Delegation.

July 22, 2015  posted by Megan Butler

The Energy Transition Lab is now recruiting students to be a part of the University of Minnesota’s Solar University (SUN) Delegation. The SUN Delegation will be made up of a student deployment team whose goal is to have the University of Minnesota invest in, or build, at least 1 megawatt (MW) of solar. The student deployment team will help recruit other students, find solar sites, determine investment propositions and present a viable investment plan to the University of Minnesota decision makers. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis but we would appreciate applications by August 10th so we can make decisions on our first traveling opportunity.

The SUN Delegation is a program of the Solar Endowment project which is funded by the DOE Sunshot Initiative and managed by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The University partners other than the University of Minnesota are: Purdue, University of Illinois and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. At the University of Minnesota the project is being led by the Energy Transition Lab with the guidance of the Institute on the Environment.
We are looking for graduate or undergraduate students with a wide range of specialties; law, communication, finance, engineering, environmental, geography, organizing, media, journalism, economics, policy. Students from all campuses are welcome and encouraged to join including Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester.
Participation Perks:
  • Engagement in a long term project with significant outcomes
  • Creating a more sustainable campus
  • Free online solar classes and receive a Solar Site Assessment Certificate from the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).
  • Traveling opportunities for student leaders. The first complementary trip for 4-5 students will be to Colorado in September to visit National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
  • A Spring 2016 course, taught by Ellen Anderson and others, with this project as the main focus. SUN Delegation Members will have first priority to take this course.
  • Access to an advisory committee made up of University of Minnesota faculty and a Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) to assist in legal, financial and technical work.
Sun Delegation Members will commit to:
  • Attend at least one meeting a month for both Fall and Spring Semester (special arrangements will be made for students on campuses other than the Twin Cities campus)
  • At least 5-10 hours per month of independent work
For More Information Contact: Laura Burrington at
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