SECIA has focused a lot of effort on sustainable energy sources, especially solar.  Minnesota in general has great solar resources and so does Como, despite our fabulous tree-lined streets.  From solar motion lights and ovens to residential solar thermal systems.  We've also pursued public solar installations like solar flares at Van Cleve Park, though these efforts haven't come to fruition . . . yet.

2013 Como Solar Tour October 5, 10 AM - 5 PM
The Southeast Como Improvement Association and Sunny Day Earth Solutions are sponsoring a Solar Tour for homes in the Como SE neighborhood that have working solar thermal heating systems, solar domestic hot water arrays, or Photovoltaic systems. This year’s tour will include a solar install! Maps can be picked up at Sunny Day Earth Solutions on 1000 26th Ave SE, Lift Coffee on Stinson and Kennedy, 1101 15th Ave. SE, Joe's Market, Van Cleve Park or at For more information, email Richard Venberg at or call the office at (612) 676-1731.

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The SE Como Improvement Association launched a solar motion light program in 2008. 

Funding for the program came from
The McKnight Foundation, as part of the Como Green Village
TM  and the safety category in SECIA's Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Phase II plan.

The Solar Oven Society is an international non-profit with its headquarters right in the Como neighborhood at 32nd & E. Hennepin.  They sell and distribute solar ovens all over the world, with an emphasis on getting as many of them as they can to developing nations.

SECIA purchased our solar oven from the Solar Oven Society and we've used it to do cooking demonstrations at neighborhood events . . .

The Southeast Como Solar Pilot Project was launched in 2005 with the intention of making solar panels more affordable and accessible to the typical family.  

We had hoped to gather together 20 families for a bulk purchase of solar equipment for heating domestic hot water.  We heard from over 200 people who were interested from Western Wisconsin to Hutchinson Minnesota.