Years in business

> 21


Review score is above industry average of 3.97


NABCEP qualified installer



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Jim and Susan 3 days ago

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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REAL Solar prices

This installer does not publish their standard system prices on the net.

As such we have used average pricing from the installers service areas as a proxy for what this company would most likely charge for a solar system.

System size


Average cost per watt


Net cost of system

$16,394 - $20,038

Average payback time

Annual power production

11,982 kWh

Levelized cost of solar energy

Levelized cost per kWh is the cost of the solar system divided by the total number of kWh produced by a solar system over it’s lifetime.

7¢ kWh

If you don't get solar

27¢ kWh

Forecast average MN electric rates over the next 25 years

Installers description for their business

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.

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3963 8th St SW, Backus MN, 56435


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Backus Office

3963 8th St SW, Backus MN, 56435

Service Types

Residential solar - Grid tied

Small commercial solar - Grid tied

Residential solar - Hybrid solar systems

Residential solar - Off-grid systems

Utility scale solar sales and installation

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EPC installation - Hybrid solar systems

EPC installation - Off-grid systems

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LG Chem solar batteries

Roofing - Minor repairs

NABCEP certifications

NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
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NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
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