BEMIDJI-A group of area residents came together last year as part of an initiative to install solar power equipment on their homes, and on Saturday they will celebrate the effort coming to fruition.

In April 2018, the non-profit Solar United Neighbors worked with Beltrami Electric Cooperative to form the Bemidji Solar Co-op. Through the initiative, more than a dozen Bemidji-area homeowners made a bulk purchase of solar equipment and had it installed on their houses.

According to a press release, the Bemidji Solar Co-op, with assistance from SUN, selected Wolf Track Energy as the installer, which developed personalized proposals for each home-owner.

Beltrami Electric serves more than 17,000 member-owners across Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca and Koochiching Counties. SUN, meanwhile, works to expand access to solar by educating residents about the benefits of solar energy. In total, SUN has worked with more than 100 solar cooperatives.

The event celebrating the effort will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Bemidji Brewing, located at 211 America Ave. NW.