Despite threatening weather in the morning, approximately 150 people turned out at Trystar in Faribault, MN, to experience EVs and energy solutions of all kinds!
Trystar’s newly-expanded facility manufactures wires, conduit and other electrical components for the mass distribution of electricity. They incorporated a large solar array into the additional space, allowing them to operate and control their own microgrid on-site. They even manufacture portable, solar-powered generators and were generous enough to allow the food truck from Praeliza Fusion Kitchen to hook up to that during the event.
There was an impressive lineup of both showcase and test drive vehicles, and 36 people had the opportunity to take a ride in an EV. The cars were not the only electrified options on display, though. In addition to Trystar’s solar generator, there was also an electric school bus and electric yard equipment. We were also thrilled to welcome Jean Wallace, Deputy Commissioner of MnDOT, who visited with a number of attendees and exhibitors, as well as taking a tour of Trystar.
The success of the event can be attributed to the dedication of the steering committee, who championed the event across town. Many thanks go out to the City of Faribault, Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Trystar, Harry Brown’s Family Automotive, and South Central College – North Mankato for guiding the organization of the event and helping spread the word throughout Faribault and to our energy partner Xcel Energy.