REAL Solar

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Updated: 20 February 2022

Installing solar since 2000

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4.32 from 13 Reviews

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John K Remer | Remer, Minnesota | 12/07/2022

Great product. No surprises

We love our system! It is amazing how much power it produces, even in winter. Great sales and installation process - this was needed because we were not on-site for most of the work. Very thorough and professional. Turnkey system with REAL Solar and no surprises.

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Heather | Pequot Lakes, Minnesota | 02/20/2022

Good company

REAL Solar installed our system last summer and it has been performing better than they said. They made the whole process very easy and were great to work with. Highly qualified and very friendly professionals!

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Ed G | Pine River, Minnesota | 07/30/2021

Outstanding company to work with

A local company that is definitely committed to providing outstanding service and timely completion of our solar project. From initial contact, through the education process, system design, power company application, installation and final check, we were very satisfied with all of the crew that helped with the project.

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Jim and Susan | Pequot Lakes, Minnesota | 04/14/2021

REAL Solar install - flawless

We decided to contact the Real folks because they were local and followed the ideas and convictions we agree with. The install went smoothly. The installers were efficient, skilled and always had the time and patience to answer all my questions - at no time did they make me feel as insecure and ignorant as I was - they address all my concerns, no matter how small.

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Eric and Rhoda | Pequot Lakes, Minnesota | 10/22/2020

Excellent Customer Service

Dedicated team of professionals who worked to ensure we understood our off-grid system, which they designed and built.

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MikeG | Longville, Minnesota | 09/26/2020

Excellent experience! Great communication and work done on time

I chose them because their bid was a little lower of three, and they are located closest to me. Also, I have heard of their good non-profit work.

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Glenn B | Hackensack, Minnesota | 08/31/2020

Excellent Service and Install Process

I couldn't say enough at how good REAL Solar is from the start of design process to the final install of the system. I installed a system this summer (July 2020) and they will very helpful in answering all my questions on operation and maintenance. The install crew was very efficient, clean, and customer service oriented. I would highly recommend them. Glenn B.

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Ann Sullivan | Grand Marais, Minnesota | 07/23/2020

REAL Solar provided great service before, during and after the p

After attending several presentations over the years, CCLEP had REAL Solar present to an interested group of residents, concerned about lowering their energy costs and their carbon footprint. The day after the presentation, REAL Solar stopped by the house to view our site, respond to questions, and see how they could assist us. Six months after the project, they still were available to help me with something NOT really part of their job; a computer problem resulted in the system not "talking" to Enphase, who provides me with monitoring and a monthly report of energy usage. REAL Solar knew exactly how to fix my problem. Today I am enjoying seeing the lots of energy going back into the grid; this month I got an $83 credit on my electric bill. It just doesn't get any better.

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Reply from REAL Solar: Hey Ann! Our pleasure! Very happy to hear from you and how you have been benefitting from the array. Thank you for the kind words & review!

Anonymous | Bemidji, Minnesota | 03/22/2008

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Anonymous | Silver Bay, Minnesota | 03/16/2008

All workers were friendly and open in responding to any questions or comments I put forth<br />

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Anonymous | Duluth, Minnesota | 03/10/2008

Excellent service. Even the electrical inspector was impressed!<br />I am not certain about who arranged the inspections. It was painless whoever did it...

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About REAL Solar

RREAL (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance) has been offering solar design-build services to the commercial and residential market since 2000. Starting in 2014, the design-build program began operating as its own self-standing special benefits corporation, REAL Solar. Since its launch, REAL Solar has maintained a commitment to energy security and environmental stewardship.

REAL Solar is based in Backus, MN and serves customers in Minnesota and North Dakota. Whether you're a homeowner, business owner, city planner, farmer, or school administrator, you can call upon a dedicated team of certified and licensed professionals for your next solar electric project. REAL Solar provides turn-key installation services for residential, commercial, and utility-scale projects; including everything from the initial site assessment to maintenance after the project completion.

Proceeds from REAL Solar support the Solar Assistance Program for low-income families. Call on our REAL Solar team for a system that will best suit your residential, commercial, or utility-scale needs.

Office locations


Minnesota - Backus

3963 8th St SW, Backus MN, 56435

NABCEP certifications

NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
Benjamin Butcher

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3963 8th St SW, Backus MN, 56435
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