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reNEWS Newsletter of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association

2013 TRAINING CATALOG FEATURING

• 2013 Curriculum • Instructor Training • Site Assessor Certificate

Program

contents

Photovoltaic Listing - pg. 38 Photo credit: Clay Sterling

Solar Thermal Listing - pg. 49 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore

Cover photograph:

Participants install a solar hot air collector. Photo: Chris Talbot-Heindl. (Feature Box photo: Participants learn how to properly wear personal protection equipment. Model: Eric Krszjzaniek. Photo: Amiee Wetmore.)

About the cover:

The cover paper is from New Leaf Paper and is 100% post-consumer waste recycled, processed chlorine free, and ancient forest friendly.

About ReNews:

ReNews is a semiannual publication of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Submissions can be emailed to renews@midwestrenew.org. This publication is a benefit of MREA membership. To receive a copy in your mailbox, join today. Call 715-592-6595. ReNews is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Help us keep unwanted or duplicate newsletters out of our landfills. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, please call us at 715-592-6595.

Advertising in ReNews:

Circulation of next issue: 15,000 Advertising deadline: March 1, 2013 Distribution date: May 1, 2013 Advertising rates and sizes vary. For current rates, visit our website at www.midwestrenew.org, call 715-592-6595, or contact Gina Miresse at ginam@midwestrenew.org.

Small Wind Listing - pg. 47 Photo credit: Neil Matthes

contents About the MREA From the Executive Director Featured Courses MREA Membership Enrollment, Cancellations, and Scholarships Progression of Knowledge Professional Credentials ISPQ Accreditation Midwest Solar Training Network Continuing Education Units Courses for Credit Customized Trainings Course Listing Course Descriptions Travel and Accommodations MREA News MREA Alumni Feature MREA Marketplace Site Assessor Directory Adveriser Index

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about the mrea The Midwest Renewable Energy Association promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. We are a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1990.

Our Vision

The MREA will provide the highest quality renewable energy education and training experiences available. Our programs and services will respond to evolving energy issues, empower people to make wise lifestyle choices, and be accessible to the broadest possible audience. We will share our success with other like-minded organizations, recognizing that we are stronger when we all work together for our common goals.

Travel Green

The ReNew the Earth Institute, is certified as a green travel destination by Travel Green Wisconsin. Guided Tours are available Monday – Friday at 11:00 a.m. or by appointment, for $3.00 per person. The Energy Fair is also certified as a green travel event. To learn more about Travel Green visit: www.travelgreenwisconsin.com

board of directors 2011:

Jeff Anthony (2014) American Wind Energy Association David Behnke-Seper (2013) First Affirmative Financial Network Thomas Brown, President (2014) Thomas Brown Architect Katie Collins (2014) American Red Cross Jason Edens (2014) Rural Renewable Energy Alliance Nathan Franklin (2013) Dairyland Power Cooperative Bob Hattier (2014) Alternative Currents, LLC Nick Hylla (Executive Director) MREA Don Keck, Financial Officer (2013) Focus on Energy John Kivlin (2014) Helios Solar Works Mark Klein (2013) Gimme Shelter Construction Alec Linde (2014) Mid-State Technical College Mark Morgan, Vice President (2013) Bearpaw Design and Construction Benjamin Nusz (2013) Mid-State Technical College Ed Stoll (2014) Pieper Electric

Green Power

MREA offsets 100% of its electricity on site through wind and solar.

MREA

7558 Deer Rd. Custer, WI 54423

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Tel: 715-592-6595 Fax: 715-592-6596 Email: info@midwestrenew.org Web: www.midwestrenew.org

mrea leadership team: Elizabeth Hittman Milwaukee Director Nick Hylla Executive Director Doug Stingle Development Director

mrea staff:

Julie Brazeau Instructor Development Coordinator Sandy Crawford Bookkeeper Jenny Heinzen Curriculum and Training Coordinator Ellie Jackson Events Coordinator Nick Korth Market Development Coordinator Kevin Kowalski Training Programs Assistant Greta Ladenthin Operations Manager Chris Leslie Information Technology Manager Gina Miresse Membership Coordinator Nicole Rice Training Network Coordinator Clay Sterling Regional Training Officer Chris Talbot-Heindl Training Programs Coordinator Dana Talbot-Heindl Cleaning Assistant Sarah Tanguay Fund Development Coordinator Amiee Wetmore Office Manager Mike White Site Manager

MREA Milwaukee

1845 N. Farwell Ave. Ste 100 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Tel: 414-431-0758 Email: mke@midwestrenew.org

from the executive director Welcome to a new year full of opportunity!

We just can’t seem to curb our excitement for 2013. We don’t let the doomsayers get us down. Maybe it is because we know a few things that they don’t. For example, the U.S. market for solar and wind energy has been growing steadily for the past 5 years and is forecasted to continue this trend. Solar and wind energy are now more affordable than ever. The public overwhelmingly supports the expansion of renewable energy and the policies that will make it happen. And, many investors are looking to the Midwest as the next growth market for solar and wind. One of the best ways that the MREA can help this market grow is to connect people with the education and training they need to start projects, careers, and further the great work they are already doing.

Nick Hylla Exective Director

Our 2013 Training Catalog is filled with opportunities for home and business owners, design and installation professionals, sales professionals, instructors, architects, inspectors, policy makers, advocates, and consumers. Take a look at some of the new additions: • We have a new series of online courses in Photovoltaics. People all over the world can now access our low-cost Basic PV course, pursue their PV Site Assessment Certificate, and work toward their NABCEP PV Technical Sales Training. You can read about these online courses on page 38. • With the addition of the solar space heating systems on the MREA headquarters, we are launching an online Solar Thermal Conceptual Design course that will help heating professionals, facilities managers, architects, and engineers integrate solar thermal into their heating strategies. • The MREA Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificates became one of the first programs nationwide to earn accreditation from the American National Standards Institute and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council under their new standard for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Program. You can read about these programs on page 18. • We expanded our clients and offerings for customized training, including technical sales training, specialized training for inspectors and code officials, and entry-level training for businesses and training organizations. You can read more about customized training on page 31. We see a lot of opportunity to move the market for renewable energy and bring the Clean Energy Economy to life. We are doing our part by providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable education opportunities. I hope you’ll join us in this effort. Onward,

Nick Hylla, Executive Director nickh@midwestrenew.org, 715-592-6595 ext. 107

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featured courses

PVO 101 Basic Photovoltaics Online Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of system types, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 For more information, see the course listing on page: 38.

Register for PVO 101.01 on page 13. January 14-February 24, 2013, Online

PVO 201 PV Site Assessor Training Online Course Description: This online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach how to perform a PV site assessment for a residential property. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure. Participants will access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and basic computer skills Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270 For more information, see the course listing on page: 38.

Register for PVO 201.01 on page 13. February 25-March 24, 2013, Online

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Instructor

Clay Sterling Midwest Renewable Energy Association Clay has been instructing both PV and wind courses at the MREA for over ten years and is an ISPQ Certified Instructor in both PV and Small Wind energy. Clay has a construction background gained from working in his family’s plumbing shop and working nine years as a commercial electrician on large construction projects. In 2009, KEEP named him the NonFormal Energy Educator of the Year. • Small Wind and Photovoltaics Instructor • ISPQ Affiliated Photovoltaics Instructor • ISPQ Affiliated Small Wind Instructor

PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online This online course will guide participants through the design process for a utility interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Participants will become familiar with the procedures, tools, and resources used to select equipment, determine equipment location, plan system layout, perform string sizing, determine breaker size, and site the array. Participants will apply their knowledge by solving design challenges in three PV system case studies. Prerequisites: PV 201 PV Site Assessor and PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

Instructor

Craig Buttke North Wind Renewable Energy • Photovoltaics Instructor • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • Master Electrician • MREA Certified PV Site Assessor • ISPQ Affiliated Photovoltaics Instructor

Register for PVO 303.01 on page 13. April 8-May 5, 2013, Online

PVO 405 Advancements in PV Online Course Description: This online course is designed to bring participants up-to-date on the newest equipment and techniques used in PV installation. This includes the latest gear (modules, inverters, charge controllers, mounting structures, disconnection means, etc.) and the newest, most efficient, and safest methods for installing PV systems that meet NEC code. Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 For more information, see the course listing on page: 42.

Instructor

Chris LaForge Great Northern Solar • Photovoltaics Instructor • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • ISPQ Affiliated Independent Photovoltaics Master Trainer

Register for PVO 405.01 on page 13. February 11-March 10, 2013, Online

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featured courses

PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems Course Description: In the past, only firefighters in remote or rural areas ever expected to see renewable energy systems during emergency responses. Today, the proliferation of utility interactive photovoltaic systems in urban, suburban, and interface areas means that all firefighters and their commanders will encounter these systems eventually. Participants in this course will learn suggested response guidelines for firefighter safety with renewable energy systems, National Electrical Code implications for both PV installers and firefighters, and discuss scenarios to increase awareness of procedures critical to safety. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or firefighter Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 For more information, see the course listing on page: 39.

Register for PV 210.01 on page 13. June 15, 2013, Custer, Wisconsin

SA 215 Water Pumping with Solar and Wind Course Description: In this one-day course, participants will learn the various types of solar and wind water-pumping systems. Participants will learn to determine the preferred application for each system. This course will also cover the technical side including: pump types, solar and wind electrical inputs, and energy storage. The course will describe how the variables of water volume and pumping height determine the capacity and energy demands for moving water. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $180

Non-Member: $200

Register for SA 215.01 on page 13. June 16, 2013, Custer, Wisconsin

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Instructor

Dan Fink Buckville Energy Consulting Dan Fink has lived off the grid, high in the Northern Colorado mountains since 1991, 11 miles from the nearest power pole or phone line. He has spent 10 years in the field as a renewable energy system consultant, designer, and installer, specializing in off-grid power systems. He has been employed as a renewable energy technical author and educator since the year 2000, and is the Executive Director of Buckville Energy Consulting, a NABCEP/ IREC/ISPQ accredited Continuing Education Provider. Dan is coauthor of the book Homebrew Wind Power, and his articles and photographs frequently appear in such magazines as Home Power, Back Home, Solar Professional, The Journal of Green Building, and Lighting Today. • Photovoltaics and Small Wind Instructor

PVO 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute Course Description: This online/hands-on hybrid course is designed for instructors who will be offering photovoltaic technical training at their organization. Participants will advance through lecture, hands-on installation, and design work that covers the MREA course content for PV 101 (Basic Photovoltaics), PV 205 (Intermediate Photovoltaics), and PV 301 (PV Design and Installation Lab). This is a 40-hour course consisting of eight hours of online lecture materials in advance of four days of hands-on activities working on PV systems in Central Wisconsin. Prerequisites: Participants must be affiliated with an active solar training program. Price: Member: $1,180 Non-Member: $1,200

Register for PVO 701.01 on page 13. Tuesdays, May 21-June 11, 2013: online portion (PV 101 and PV 205) June 17-20, 2013: onsite lab activities (PV 205 and PV 301) Central Wisconsin locations *Additional advanced trainings are planned in conjunction with The Energy Fair, which begins on June 21, 2013.

Julie Brazeau

Neil Matthes

Instructors

Julie Brazeau Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics Instructor • Master Electrician • Commercial Electrical Inspector • IAEI Recognized Trainer • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate

Neil Matthes Duck Creek Engineering, Inc. • Photovoltaics Instructor • Master Electrician • Commercial Electrical Inspector • MREA Certified PV Site Assessor

Matthew Parks Pieper Electric • Photovoltaics Instructor • IBEW Master Electrician • IBEW Master Trainer • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • ISPQ Affiliated Photovoltaics Instructor

Matthew Parks

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featured courses

PVO 703 PV Curriculum Development Course Description: This online course is designed for instructors looking to design and improve training programs for photovoltaic (PV) design, installation, and sales technicians. The instruction and resources in this course are designed for instructors looking to integrate PV content into their curriculum or design a program of study for PV Design and Installation or PV Technical Sales professionals. The course includes best practices for curriculum development, solar content integration, student hands-on experience, and career placement services. The course will share case studies of successful programs throughout the US and strategies for training program accreditation and professional certification for students. Participants in this course will gain access to curriculum resources including presentations, videos, manuals, and quizzes. This is a 16-hour, online course with eight instructor contact hours and eight hours instructor-guided, selfpaced work. The course includes five, scheduled 90-minute online presentations with live discussion. Prerequisite: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent. Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600

Tim Wilhelm (Lead Instructor) Kankakee Community College Tim’s involvement in renewable energy spans nearly 50 years since he built his first solarpowered transistor radio receiver at his eighth grade science fair project. Tim has been involved in innovative renewable energy projects ever since, and became the first solar PV dealer for SunWize Technologies. He has led the development of the electrical technology program at Kankakee Community College, including a renewable energy technician curriculum, which recently received training program accreditation by the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality. • Photovoltaics Instructor • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • ISPQ Affiliated Master PV Instructor

Register for PVO 703.01 on page 13. July 1-29, 2013, Online

Instructors

Tim Wilhelm

Jenny Heinzen (Co-Instructor)) Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics and Small Wind Instructor • Master Electrician

Nick Hylla (Co-Instructor)) Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics and Sustainable Agriculture Instructor

Nick Hylla

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Jenny Heinzen

PVO 705 Photovoltaic Site Assessment Instruction Online Course Description: This online course is a requirement for instructors interested in teaching MREA’s accredited Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate program (ANSI-IREC 14732:2012) at their institution. Participants are paired with a technology subject expert as they learn to apply the tech mentoring tools to practice site assessment reports. This course covers instructional materials and tech mentoring strategies as well as procedures for the MREA’s Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate. This is a 16-hour, online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructorguided, self-paced work. To become a Recognized Training Provider and offer MREA’s PV Site Assessment Certificate Program at their institution, instructors are required to hold a current MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate, sign a Letter of Agreement, and pay a $300 fee. Recognized Training Provider status is valid for three years. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics, PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training, and one approved tech mentored PV site assessment report. Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600

Instructors

Barb Basaj (Lead Instructor) SunSpec, LLC Barb was trained as a PV site assessor in 2006, and went into business as an independent solar site assessor and sole proprietor of SunSpec, LLC in January of 2007. She is also trained as a solar thermal site assessor, and performs both residential and non-residential site assessments for both solar technologies. • Photovoltaics Instructor • BPI Building Analyst • MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate • MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate

Julie Brazeau (Co-Instructor) Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Register for PVO 705.01 on page 13. May 13-June 17, 2013, Online

Julie Brazeau

• Photovoltaics Instructor • Master Electrician • Commercial Electrical Inspector • IAEI Recognized Trainer • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate

Nicole Rice (Online Facilitator) Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics Instructor • Manager of Site Assessment Certificate Program

Barb Basaj

Nicole Rice

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featured courses

ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90

Non-Member: $110

For more information, see the course listing on page: 49.

Register for ST 101.01 on page 13. March 2, 2013, Madison, Wisconsin

ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training Course Description: Participants in this one-day course will learn how to perform a solar water heating site assessment for a home. The course will cover how to define a site’s solar window, interpret solar radiation and temperature data, size a system, identify system components, and determine the best location for collectors. To receive a MREA Residential Solar Thermal Site Assessor Certificate, participants will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments, pass the written test, and pay a $50 exam fee. Prerequisites: ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Price: Member: $250

Non-Member: $270

For more information, see the course listing on page: 50.

Register for ST 201.01 on page 13. March 3, 2013, Madison, Wisconsin

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Instructor

Ross Padlin Full Spectrum Solar Today a full-time solar thermal installer, Ross has served roles as a bookkeeper and company spokesman for Full Spectrum Solar in Madison, Wisconsin. His is a MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessor Technology mentor. • Solar Thermal Instructor • NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer • Master Plumber - Restricted Appliance • MREA Certified Solar Water Site Assessor • MREA Certified PV Site Assessor

ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90

Non-Member: $110

For more information, see the course listing on page: 49.

Register for ST 101.02 on page 13. May 16, 2013, Custer, Wisconsin

ST 301 Solar Thermal Installation Lab Course Description: In this three-day course, participants will learn the basics of how to properly install two solar domestic hot water heating systems suitable for northern climates. Participants will work as a group to install both a drainback and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof.

Instructor

Mark Morgan Bearpaw Design and Construction Mark has been building, installing, and teaching sustainable construction and renewable energy for the last 35 years. Passionate about teaching, he has studied and taken classes on accelerative learning and multiple intelligences. Mark has led more than 20 solar thermal installations and teaches Solar Domestic Hot Water, Solar Space Heating, and Solar Hot Water Installation Lab, as well as various Green Building courses at the MREA. • Solar Thermal and Green Building Instructor • ISPQ Affiliated Solar Thermal Instructor

Prerequisites: ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Price: Member: $550

Non-Member: $570

For more information, see the course listing on page: 51.

Register for ST 301.01 on page 13. May 17-19, 2013, Custer, Wisconsin

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featured courses

STO 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design Course Description: This online course explores system design considerations, including collector sizing and configuration, pipe sizing, component sizing, solar fluid volume estimation, heat storage, heat delivery, code considerations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Participants will apply design elements while working through five case study systems, including space heating, commercial, and process heat applications.

Instructor

Benjamin Nusz Mid-State Technical College • Solar Thermal Instructor • NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer • MREA Certified Solar Thermal Site Assessor

Prerequisites: ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $300

Non-Member: $320

For more information, see the course listing on page: 52

Register for STO 410.01 on page 13. Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., January 28-March 24, 2013, Online

WO 409 Math and Code for Small Wind Online Course Description: Participants in this course will learn to effectively reference and use the National Electrical Code (NEC) with regard to the installation of small wind energy systems, and to properly size conductors, overcurrent protection, and associated equipment for grid interactive and battery-based systems. Many of the calculations and processes in this course align with the Job Task Analysis for the NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification. Prerequisites: W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems Price: Member: $300

Non-Member: $320

For more information, see the course listing on page: 48.

Register for WO 409.01 on page 13. September 3-October13, 2013, Online

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Instructor

Jenny Heinzen Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics and Small Wind Instructor • Master Electrician

featured courses registration Course Name Dates Location

Circle One Memb Non-Memb

PVO 101.01 Basic PV Online

Jan 4-Feb 24

Online

$90

$110

ST0 410.01 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design

Jan 28-Mar 24

Online

$300

$320

PVO 405.01 Advancements in PV Online

Feb 11-Mar 10 Online

$230

$250

PVO 201.01 PV Site Assessor Online

Feb 25-Mar 24 Online

$250

$270

ST 101.01 Solar Domestic Hot Water

Mar 2

Madison, WI

$90

$110

ST 201.01 Solar Water Site Assessor Training

Mar 3

Madison, WI

$250

$270

PV 210.01 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems

Jun 15

Custer, WI

$230

$250

PVO 303.01 PV Conceptual Design Online

Apr 8-May 5

Online

$230

$250

PVO 705.01 PV Site Assessment Instruction

May 13-Jun 16 Online

$580

$600

ST 101.02 Solar Domestic Hot Water

May 16

Custer, WI

$90

$110

ST 301.01 Solar Thermal Installation Lab

May 17-19

Custer, WI

$550

$570

PV0 701.01 PV Technology Instructor Institute

May 21-Jun 20 Online/WI

$1,180 $1,200

PVO 703.01 PV Curriculum Development Online

Jul 1-29

Online

$580

$600

Online

$300

$320

WO 409.01 Math and Code for Small Wind Online Sep 3-Oct 13

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business members

MREA would like to thank our Green, Sustaining, and Pathfinder Business Members for helping us fulfill our mission to promote renewable energy and sustainable living through education and demonstration. Their assistance helps us host The Energy Fair, Wisconsin Solar Tour, SOLAR THERMAL Conference, and hold year-round trainings and courses at an affordable price. Thank you for your support! Home Power Magazine Pathfinder Member Caleffi Solar Milwaukee, WI www.caleffisolar.us

Sustaining Members A-A Exteriors.com, Inc. Winneconne, WI www.a-aexteriors.com American Transmission Co. Madison, WI www.atcllc.com Arista Power Rochester, NY www.aristapower.com Central Waters Brewing Co. Amherst, WI www.centralwaters.com Conserve School Land O Lakes, WI www.conserveschool.org Full Spectrum Solar Madison, WI www.fullspectrumsolar.com Gimme Shelter Construction Amherst, WI www.gimmeshelteronline.com H&H Solar Energy Services Madison, WI www.hhsolarenergy.com Helios Solar Works Milwaukee, WI www.heliossolarworks.com HGA Architects Milwaukee, WI www.hga.com

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Ashland, OR www.homepower.com Ingeteam Milwaukee, WI www.ingeteam.com

North Wind Renewable Energy, LLC Stevens Point, WI www.northwindre.com Organic Valley La Farge, WI www.organicvalley.coop Quick Cable Corp. Franksville, WI www.quickcable.com Renewableenergyworld.com Peterborough, NH www.renewableenergyworld.com REpowerNOW Network Madison, WI www.repowernow.org Solar America Solutions Middlebury, IN www.solaramericasolutions.com Solar Pro Magazine Ashland, OR www.solarprofessional.com SolarWorld Camarillo, CA www.solarworld-usa.com Stiebel Eltron West Hatfield, MA www.stiebel-eltron-usa.com Werner Electric Supply Neenah, WI www.wernerelectric.com Wisconsin Public Service Corp. Green Bay, WI www.wisconsinpublicservice.com

Green Members American Wind Energy Association Washington, D.C. www.awea.org Energy Law Wisconsin Sun Prairie, WI www.energylawwisconsin. com North Star Energy Consulting West Allis, WI www. northstarenergyconsulting. com Prairie Solar Power & Light Steuben, WI www.kickapoogreen.org Sand Creek Consultants, Inc. Amherst, WI www.sandcreeksolar.com

join the mrea

As a member of the MREA, you’ll receive numerous benefits to help you engage in a sustainable lifestyle and stay up to date on industry standards. We offer our members free primer courses explaining the basics of renewable energy and why it works, as well as discounts on in-depth hands-on trainings for those interested in taking the next step.

Rise up and make a difference.

Join the MREA today! To sign up, call 715-592-6595 or visit www.midwestrenew.org.

Personal Student/Senior Individual Family BASIC $30 EMPOWERED

$50 $80

$70 $100

LIFETIME

$500

$750

MREA/ASES Basic Professional

$79

$129

Personal Membership Benefits BASIC

LIFETIME

•  Admission to The Energy Fair ($35 value) •  Discounted admission to Solar Powering Your

•  Basic Benefits, plus •  Lifetime admission to The Energy Fair and pre-Fair

•  Discounted admission to SOLAR THERMAL (20% off) •  Monthly electronic newsletter, eReNews •  Semiannual newsletter, ReNews •  Free enrollment in MREA Primer courses •  Discount on additional MREA courses

•  Special MREA glass tumbler ($15 value) •  Lifetime Member Certificate for framing •  MREA t-shirt for first year, available at The Energy Fair

Community Confernece (10% off)

($20 off each course)

•  10% off MREA Marketplace •  Window decal/bumper sticker •  Voting privileges at board elections

Networking Dinner ($45 value each year)

($15 value)

MREA/ASES •  MREA Basic Benefits, plus •  American Solar Energy Society membership ($39/$89 value)

EMPOWERED •  Basic Benefits, plus •  1-year subscription to BackHome, Home Power, Mother

•  1-year subscription to Solar Today •  ASES conference discount (Professional level members only, $100 discount)

Earth News, or Natural Home (up to $25 value)

•  MREA organic cotton t-shirt made in USA, available at The Energy Fair ($15 value)

*The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. Visit www.ases.org to learn more. More membership rates available.

For more information, including information on business memberships and other ways to give, visit www.midwestrenew.org/supportus.

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enrollment, cancellations, and scholarships Enrollment

MREA courses are open to the public on a firstcome, first-served basis. Class size is limited. To register, call the office at 715-592-6595 or register online at www.midwestrenew.org/ workshops. Full course tuition is due upon registration.

Cancellations

To cancel a course you have registered for, email registrations@midwestrenew.org or call the office at 715-592-6595. The following fees apply: •  Cancellation two weeks or more prior

to the course: The registrant forfeits a processing fee of $25.

•  Cancellation less than two weeks prior

to a course: The registrant forfeits 50% of the tuition. Remaining tuition will be reimbursed to the course registrant.

•  Failure to show up to the course: The

registrant forfeits all of the tuition.

Transfers

If you are unable to attend your scheduled course and would like to transfer to an available section, you can do so by emailing registrations@midwestrenew.org or calling 715592-6595. However, transfers will be treated as cancellations and will incur the same fee forfeiture.

Scholarships and Discounts

At the MREA, we work hard to provide our participants with high-quality educational experiences at an affordable cost. To help make these courses more accessible, we offer the following discounts and scholarships:

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Member Discount

Individual members of the MREA receive a discounted member price on all of our courses. (Individual or Family memberships only. Business memberships do not apply to course discounts.) Members also receive free MREA Primer courses. This is a great opportunity to learn about renewable energy. To become a member, contact Gina at 715-592-6595 or sign up online at www.midwestrenew.org/join.

Scholarships

MREA is occasionally able to offer scholarships through partner organizations. For an up-todate listing of scholarship opportunities, check out our website at www.midwestrenew.org/ scholarship.

Workforce Investment Board Funding Currently, MREA’s site assessment training for solar electric, solar thermal, and small wind are eligible for Workforce Investment Board funding in Wisconsin. The Workforce Investment Act hosts Wisconsin’s Statewide List of Eligible Training Programs and Providers at this website: www. wisconsinjobcenter.org/ita/presentation/ SearchBy.aspx. Individuals need to check with a state coordinator or caseworker through their local Wisconsin Job Center to determine how to apply for these funds in their region. To find a Wisconsin Job Center near you, visit: www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/directory/.

progression of knowledge The Midwest Renewable Energy Association offers introductory to advanced courses. They are organized similar to college-level courses and are designed to ensure that course participants have adequate background in the basics before advancing to more technical courses. Here’s what you can expect at the different levels: •  000- and some 100-level courses are online

primer courses that provide introductory information on renewable energy and sustainable living topics. (Free to members!)

•  100-level courses provide an overview of

the basics of technologies and applications.

•  200-level courses cover specifics of

techniques and components – lecture and hands-on training.

•  300-level courses include both lecture and

a hands-on installation of a system at a training facility.

•  400-level courses are advanced technical

courses designed for people with prior experience and skill and often involve a system installation or advanced lab.

•  500-level courses are the most advanced

level hands-on installations. Participants direct the course of the installation in the presence of a certified installer.

•  600-level courses are customized trainings

offered for specific audiences.

•  700-level courses are for instructors

looking to teach about renewable energy technologies. These trainings are designed for people with previous installation and teaching experience.

Participants put together an evacuated tube collector, 2012 Photo credit: Clay Sterling

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professional credentials Courses at the MREA are based on industry approved task analysis (when available) and are designed to satisfy the knowledge and skill competencies for professional certification. The MREA provides training aligned to the following professional credentials:

MREA Site Assessment Certificate The MREA Site Assessment Certificate provides a framework for the workforce and skills training needed by the growing body of professionals engaging consumers in the development of solar energy systems for their home and business. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind systems. Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.

MREA awarded nation-wide accreditation The MREA became one of the first organizations nationwide to earn accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) pilot accreditation program for education programs within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The ANSI-IREC accreditation program evaluated MREA’s Site Assessment Programs in Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal against requirements for equipment, curriculum, facilities, administration, and personnel set from in the IREC Standard 14732:2012. Accreditation under the ANSIIREC program demonstrates to participants, policymakers, funders, and employers that these programs have demonstrated meeting all requirements in the Standard and have market value. For more information about MREA’s Site Assessment Certificate Program, contact Nicole Rice (nicoler@midwestrenew.org) or visit www. mreacsa.org.

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Why pursue a Site Assessment Certificate? The MREA Site Assessment Certificate is an entry-level credential. All certificate holders have completed the required MREA training, have had their practice assessments approved by a technology mentor, and have passed the site assessment exam. The site assessment certificate is a valuable credential that: •  establishes an entry-level competency that

is valuable to employers in the renewable energy field

•  serves as an add-on certificate to other

principal skills or credentials in the green jobs industry, including: system design, installation, sales, finance, research, and policy

•  is a benchmark in the training and

experience required for NABCEP PV Technical Sales certification

How to get started The first step to earning a MREA Site Assessment Certificate is for course participants to enroll in the introductory-level courses of the technology for which they desire a certificate (solar photovoltaics, solar domestic hot water, or small wind energy). From there, participants may take the 201-level site assessment course for the same technology. Once participants have completed their course requirements, they will assess two sites and provide practice site assessment reports to their technology mentor, who will review their assessments and approve them once they are deemed satisfactory. Once the practice reports are approved, participants are eligible to take the site assessment exam after paying the exam fee of $50. Should they pass the exam, individuals can upload their business information to the Certificate Holder Directory, and then receive the MREA Site Assessment Certificate for the technology for which they were trained and access the site assessment resource portal.

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professional credentials NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification

The NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which professionals with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. Competency areas include customer qualification, site analysis, conceptual design, financial modeling, performance analysis, and proposal development.

NABCEP Entry Level Exam The NABCEP Entry Level Program is designed for those individuals wanting to get into the solar field; achievement of the NABCEP Entry Level Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating systems. Upon completion of the courses taught in accordance with the NABCEP Entry Level learning objectives, and prior to taking the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, participants should have demonstrated a basic understanding of the principles outlined in the learning objectives. The learning objectives for the exam are available at www.nabcep.org. Individuals passing the NABCEP Entry Level Exam should not be confused with NABCEP Certified Installers. Taking the classes and passing the exam does not qualify an individual to install systems. NABCEP currently has entry-level exam programs in PV and solar heating. The MREA is a NABCEP Entry Level Exam Provider for PV and has applied to become an exam provider for solar heating. For a current schedule of Entry Level Exams offered at the MREA, contact Amiee Wetmore at 715-592-6595 ext. 100.

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NABCEP Installer Certification The MREA specializes in providing hands-on renewable energy education. The MREA does not certify installers, but rather provides training based on nationally recognized standards for certification. Our courses, when taken in the recommended progression of knowledge, are shown to satsifty the knowledge and skills necessary for professional competency in the solar industry. The NABCEP PV, Solar Heating, and Small Wind Installer certifications are voluntary certifications that provide a set of national standards by which installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. The certifications are designed to: identify installers as professionals, instilling consumer confidence in their work; validate extra resources spent on training and gaining experience; allow for installer mobility as the market moves from state to state; allow installers to distinguish their skills and experience in the field.

For more information about any other certifications through NABCEP, visit www.nabcep.org.

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ISPQ Accreditation The MREA – An ISPQ Accredited Training Program

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) uses the Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) international framework to assess content, quality, and resources across a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and weatherization training programs. The MREA has achieved this accreditation for many of its courses and instructors, a credential that shows that rigorous standards have been met. The MREA maintains the following accreditations through ISPQ: • Accredited Training Program for Photovoltaics • Accredited Training Program for Solar Thermal • Continuing Education Provider for Intro to

Wind Energy Systems and Wind Site Assessor Training

In addition to our accreditation, we have many instructors who have received their instructor certification through ISPQ, and still more working toward their certification. Currently, the following MREA courses are accredited by ISPQ in three renewable energy technologies:

• Commercial Solar Water Site Assessor • Solar Water Heating Installation Lab • Solar Space Heating Systems • Advanced Lead Installer – Residential Solar

Thermal Installation • Solar Thermal Design

ISPQ Accredited Continuing Education in Wind • Intro to Wind Energy Systems • Wind Site Assessor Training Currently certified in photovoltaic technology are: • Craig Buttke, North Wind Renewable Energy • Cris Folk, Madison College • Mike Joyce, Full Spectrum Solar • Chris LaForge, Great Northern Sun (Affiliated

Master Trainer) • Kurt Nelson, SOLutions • Jack O’Donohue • Matthew Parks, Pieper Power • Clay Sterling, Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Ed Zinthefer, Arch Electric (Affiliated Master Trainer)

ISPQ Accredited Courses in Photovoltaics • Basic Photovoltaics • Residential PV Site Assessor • Commercial PV Site Assessor • Intermediate PV • Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy

Systems • PV Design & Installation Lab • Advanced Lead Installer – Residential PV Installation ISPQ Accredited Courses in Solar Thermal • Solar Domestic Hot Water

• Residential Solar Hot Water Site Assessor

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Currently certified in solar thermal technology are: • Andy DeRocher, Sustainable Engineering

Group • Mark Morgan, Bearpaw Design & Construction

Currently certified in small wind technology is: • Clay Sterling, Midwest Renewable

Energy Association

Midwest Solar Training Network

The Midwest Solar Training Network (MSTN) is entering its 3rd year with a lot of wind in our sails. With continued support from the U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot Program, the MREA has developed partnerships with training programs in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. These partnerships allow instructors from across the Midwest to access professional development, curriculum resources, and networks to help them develop and improve their solar training programs. To date, we have created solar program development plans and training agreements with 29 organizations and delivered 16 instructor trainings, serving more than 250 participants. We have expanded our instructor trainings, including online offerings and a training pathway for instructors to deliver the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program training to their students. You can read more about our instructor trainings on pages 44-46.

Becoming a Recognized Training Provider Throughout 2013, the MREA will be partnering with educational institutions to launch the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program in seven states throughout the Midwest. This program will help institutions align their training to the certificate standard, and offer the market-valued certificate to their students. The program will provide training to instructors and supportive services to help align instruction to the certificate standard. In 2013, subsidies will be available to organizations pursuing the PV Site Assessment Certificate through the Midwest Solar Training Network: www.midwestsolartraining.org. For more information about becoming a Recognized Training Provider and questions about the Site Assessment Certificate Program, please contact SAcertificate@midwestrenew.org or 715-592-6595.

With additional support from the National Science Foundation through a grant received by Kankakee Community College, the MREA is working to expand partnerships in an innovative solar market development program. Over the next three years, we will be working with seven community colleges in the Midwest to develop community outreach programs, student service learning experiences, and industry partnerships to help establish career pathways and expand solar installation opportunities. To find out more about MSTN, visit www.midwestsolartraining.org.

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continuing education units The MREA courses recognized for continuing education by state licensing authorities and trade organizations can be found here. As courses are approved, the updated lists can be found at www.midwestrenew.org/ceus.

• PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics – 8.0 • PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor – 8.0 • PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics – 16.0

Many employers and professional organizations recognize the listed CEUs as documentation of continued professional growth. CEUs are offered at no additional cost to course participants. We provide transcripts upon request.

• PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems – 6.0

Please contact us at training@midwestrenew.org if you hold a credential or license that requires a CEU and you would like to take a MREA course to meet that requirement. MREA staff will do our best to submit the required paperwork and fees to help make our courses even more professionally valuable to course participants.

• PV 403 PV and the NEC – 16.0

Credentialing Organizations:

Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ)

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) uses the Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) international framework to assess content, quality, and resources across a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and weatherization training programs. The MREA has achieved this accreditation for many of its courses and instructors, a credential that shows that rigorous standards have been met. More information, and a list of accredited courses can be found on page 22.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®) MREA’s ISPQ accredited courses are approved for NABCEP continuing education credits (CEC). View their website for more information on NABCEP recertification at www.nabcep.org/continuing-edrecertification. Listed here are the MREA courses that can be used for continuing education credits for NABCEP Installer Certification in renewable energy technologies:

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Continuing Education Credits for NABCEP PV Installer Certification

• PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab – 32.0 • PV 305 PV System Design – 7.0 • PV 401 Advanced Residential PV Installation – 40.0 • PV 404 Grounding and Bonding – 8.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7.0 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7.0 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7.0 • PV 408 Case Study in Commercial Design – 8.0 • PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging – 16.0 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40.0

Continuing Education Credits for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.0 • ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor – 8.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 21.0 • ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation – 32.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.0 • ST 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design – 7.0 • ST 501 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation – 32.0

Classroom Training Hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer • W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems – 8.0 • W 201 Small Wind Site Assessor Training – 32.0

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Health, Safety, Welfare and Sustainable Development Learning Units

• G 101 Introduction to Renewable Energy – 3.5 • GB 102 Sustainable and Natural Building – Materials and Methods – 6.5 • GB 103 Intro to Straw Bale Construction – 6.5 • PV 101 and PVO 101 Basic PV – 6.5 • PV 103 Electrical Load Analysis – 4.0 • PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training – 6.5 • SA 215 Water Pumping with Solar and Wind – 6.5 • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 6.5 • ST 105 Solar Air Heat Introduction – 6.5 • ST 403 High-Mass Sand Beds and Other Seasonal Solar Thermal Storage – 6.5 • ST 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design – 13.0 • W 101 Intro to Wind – 6.5

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Continuing Education Units

• PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics – 3.75 • PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training – 3.75

North American Technician Excellence Credits (NATE) Core: Installer and Service Credits

• ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.0 • STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online – 8.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.0

Heating - Hydronics - Gas: Installer and Service • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.0 • STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online – 8.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.0

Heating - Hydronics - Oil: Installer and Service • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.0 • STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online – 8.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.0

HVAC Efficiency: Senior • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.0

State Licensing Agencies for Electricians, Plumbers, Inspectors, and Construction Trades: Wisconsin Department of Commerce

Select MREA courses are recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce as continuing education for licensed professionals: All numbers refer to number of credit hours. Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification • PV 101 Basic PV – 8.0 • PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor – 8.0 • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 8.0 • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 12.0 • W 101 Intro to Wind – 8.0 • W 201 Wind Site Assessor – 12.0

WI Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification • PV 101 Basic PV – 7.5 • PV 301 Design and Installation Lab – 32.0 • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • PV 401 Residential PV Installation – 40.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7.5 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7.5 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7.5 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0

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continuing education units WI Beginner Electrician Registration

WI UDC – Electrical Inspector Certification

• PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0

• PV 101 Basic PV – 7.5

• PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0

• PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab – 32.0

• W 306 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind) – 24.0

• PV 401 Residential PV Installation – 40.0

• W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0

WI Journeyman and Master Electrician Certification • PV 101 Basic PV – 7.5 • PV 205 Intermediate PV – 14.0 • PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab – 32.0 • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • PV 401 Residential PV Installation – 40.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7.5 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7.5 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7.5 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0 • W 306 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind) – 24.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0

WI Industrial Journeyman Electrician License

• PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7.5 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7.5 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7.5 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0

WI Journeyman and Master Plumber License • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0

WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliance License • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0

WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Service License • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0

WI UDC – Plumbing Inspector Certification • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 4.0

• PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0

• ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor– 12.0

• PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0

• ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0

• W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0

WI UDC – HVAC Inspector Certification • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 8.0

WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electrician LIcense • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0 • W 306 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind) – 24.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0

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• ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor – 8.0 • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 6.0

Iowa Department of Public Health

Select MREA courses are recognized by the Iowa Department of Public Health as continuing education for licensed professionals:

Plumbing License • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 7.0 • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 5.0 • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 14.0

HVAC License • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 1.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 3.5 • ST 410 Solar Thermal Design Considerations – 4.5

Hydronics License • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 1.0 • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 4.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 3.5 • ST 410 Solar Thermal Design Considerations – 4.5

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Select MREA courses may be recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as continuing education for licensed professionals: Check the course you wish to take to see if it is approved for credit hours.

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courses for credit CERET Courses

Through a partnership with Madison College, participants can receive experiential credits for select MREA courses through the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) program. For more information about the CERET program, call 608-246-6812. Participants seeking credit are still responsible for any prerequisites that may be necessary for credit courses. The following courses are available for credit:

Solar Thermal: • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training • ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation

Photovoltaics: • PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics • PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor • PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics • PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab • PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation

Wind: • W 201 Wind Site Assessor Training • W 401 Wind System Repair and Maintenance

Additional courses may be available for credit. Some advanced courses are offered under elective categories. For an updated listing, please visit the CERET program website at www.ceret.us.

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customized trainings Most members are familiar with MREA delivering high-quality training in the Upper Midwest-Wisconsin and the fringes of surrounding states. What members probably don’t know is that for the past four years, MREA has been hired to deliver its programs to places far and wide in the lower 48 states. Clients include: The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee; Milwaukee Community Service Corps; State of Indiana; Heartland Community College in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois; Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska, University West Virginia – Parkersburg; Werner Electric Supply in Wisconsin and Minnesota; and Van Meter Electric Supply in Iowa.

Milwaukee Community Service Corps Photo Credit: Clay Sterling

UWV-Parkersburg Photo credit: Clay Sterling

For more information on how MREA can provide training for your business or institution, check out our website www.midwestrenew.org/ customizedtraining.

Business training requests have continued at a steady growth as renewable energy becomes more competitive with traditional electrical power generation. MREA will again be offering customized training to businesses, organizations, and community colleges that want to get their foot in the door and begin training their entire staff on renewable energy technologies so they can add renewable energy to their slate of services.

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course listing

Our 2013 course offering is listed below. To view the 2013 schedule of courses, please visit our website, which is updated on a daily basis at www.midwestrenew.org/workshops. If you do not have Internet access and would like for us to print and mail a copy of the course schedule to you, please call 715-592-6595.

Primer Courses

Photovoltaic Courses

AT 105 G 050 G 055 G 060 G 101 G 102 G 103 GB 050 GB 055 GB 102 GB 103 GB 105 PV 050 PV 055 PV 104 SA 050 SL 140 ST 050 ST 105 W 050 W 055

PV 101

See pages 34-36 for more details. Introduction to Biofuels Primer on Steps to Manage a Successful Renewable Energy Project Primer on Connecting to the Grid Primer on Electrical Load Analysis Introduction to Renewable Energy Being a Smart Solar Energy System Consumer Electrical Load Analysis Primer on Renewable Energy and Building Design Primer on Solar Safe Roofs Sustainable and Natural Building – Materials and Methods Introduction to Straw Bale Construction Introduction to Cordwood Construction Primer on Solar Electricity Primer on Common Mistakes in PV System Design Working with Electricity Primer on Renewable Energy Options for a Farm The Self-Sustaining Lifestyle Series (in various topics) Primer on Solar Water Heating Solar Air Heat Introduction Primer on Wind Electricity Primer on Selecting a Wind Turbine

Green Building Courses See pages 37 for more details. GB 301 GB 305

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Straw Bale Construction Site-Based Installation (in various topics)

See pages 38-46 for more details. Basic Photovoltaics

PVO 101 Basic Photovoltaics Online PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor PVO 201 Residential PV Site Assessor Online PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics PV 207 PV System Commissioning and Decommissioning PVO 209 Solar Electric Vehicle Charging for Home and Business PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems PV 211 PV System Inspection PV 301 Photovoltaic Design and Installation Lab PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online PV 305 PV System Design PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation PV 403 PV and the NEC PV 404 Grounding and Bonding PVO 405 Advancements in PV PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems PV 408 Case Study in Commercial PV Design PV 409 PV Math PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online PV 501 Lead Installer Training – Residential PV PV 502 NABCEP Test Prep PVO 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute PV 702 Model PV Training Program Institute PVO 703 PV Curriculum Development Online

PVO 705 PV 710 PV 711 PV 715

Site Assessment Instruction Online PV Training Lab Design PV Training Lab Design and Installation Advanced Topics in PV Training (in various topics)

Small Wind Courses

See pages 47-48 for more details. W 101 WO 101 WO 201 W 307 PV-W W 401 WO 409

Introduction to Wind Systems Introduction to Wind Systems Online Small Wind Site Assessor Training Online Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems Wind System Repair and Maintenance Math and Code for Small Wind Online

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Courses See pages 54 for more details. SAO 110 SA 205 SAO 210 SA 215 SA 230 SA 235

Understanding Stray Voltage Online Biodiesel Production on the Farm Whole Farm Renewable Energy Design Online Water Pumping with Solar and Wind Solar Aquaponic Systems Small Scale Biodigesters

Solar Thermal Courses

See pages 49-53 for more details. ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training STO 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training Online ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation ST 403 High-Mass Sand Beds and Other Seasonal Solar Thermal Storage ST 406 Solar Water Systems Commissioning and Testing ST 407 Solar Water Systems Decommissioning STO 409 Solar Space Heating Systems Online STO 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design Online PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online ST 501 Solar Thermal Advanced Lead Installation ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute STO 705 Site Assessment Instruction

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PRIMER

primer course descriptions AT 105 Introduction to Biofuels

G 101 Introduction to Renewable Energy

Course Description:

Course Description: In this half-day course, participants will receive a broad overview of what renewable energy is, how it works, and what it can do for you. Topics will include passive solar design, solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, and wind electric systems. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20

GREEN BUILDING

This primer will provide information about the basics of biofuels, including ethanol, B100, and used cooking oil, among others. Participants will learn about oilseed production and how they can use biofuels to fuel vehicles, generators, and everything in between. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

G 050 Primer on Steps to Manage a Successful Renewable Energy Project

G 102 Being a Smart Solar Electric System Consumer

Course Description:

Course Description: In this primer, participants will learn to decipher what they are shopping for. The course will discuss common financing, net metering, and monitoring strategies to help participants choose wisely. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20

PHOTOVOLTAICS

In this primer, participants will learn about the steps needed to ensure a successful renewable energy project. Participants will receive a step-by-step guide to renewable energy project management. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

G 055 Primer on Connecting to the Grid Course Description:

SMALL WIND

In this primer, participants will learn about connecting a renewable energy system to the grid. Participants will learn about grid interactive systems, how to use the grid as a “back-up� system, and connection requirements. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

SOLAR THERMAL

G 060 Primer on Electrical Load Analysis

AGRICULTURE

Course Description: Participants in this one-day course will learn the basics of performing an electrical load analysis and how to reduce energy usage through energy efficiency measures. This course will cover how to determine energy needs with a load profile, choose appliances to meet certain needs, determine which loads are appropriate for electricity and which are appropriate for other sources, and how reduced energy consumption can recoup money for an eventual renewable energy system. Price: Member: Free

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Non-Member: $20

G 103 Electrical Load Analysis Course Description: Participants in this primer will learn the basics of performing an electrical load analysis and how to reduce energy usage through energy efficiency measures. This primer will cover how to determine the energy needs with a load profile, choose appliances to meet certain needs, determine which loads are appropriate for electricity and which are appropriate for other sources, and how reduced energy consumption can recoup money for an eventual renewable energy system. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20

GB 050 Primer on Renewable Energy and Building Design Course Description: In this primer, participants will learn the implications of solar and wind energy systems on building design including: building orientation, building integrated technologies, structural considerations, utilities, and aesthetics. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

Course Description:

Course Description:

This primer will provide an overview of the main considerations that should be addressed when installing solar electric and solar thermal arrays on residential and commercial roofs.

This primer will introduce the concept of solar electricity also known as photovoltaics (PV). Participants will learn the basic definition of PV, how PV systems work, and how PV systems can add to the value of any home or business.

Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

Price: Member: Free

GREEN BUILDING

PV 050 Primer on Solar Electricity

PRIMER

GB 055 Primer on Solar Safe Roofs

Non-Member: $20

GB 102 Sustainable and Natural Building – Materials and Methods

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Course Description: In this course, participants will learn about different types and styles of alternative construction and sustainable building techniques. Topics will include foundations, local material, wall systems, stick framing, post and beam, timber frame, steel and living roofs. Materials covered will include wood, clay, sand, stone, straw bale, straw-clay, cob, cordwood, earth bag, rammed earth, and rammed tire. Price: Member: Free Non-Member $20

GB 105 Introduction to Cordwood Construction

PV 104 Working with Electricity Course Description: This course provides participants with an overview of the fundamental skills and concepts to help prospective PV installers develop competent and safe work practices when dealing with photovoltaic systems. This course will help provide an overview of electrical theory, Ohm’s Law and power formulas, and series circuits/parallel circuit configurations. Participants will become familiar with common electrical tools and learn how to safely and accurately measure electricity in a circuit. This course is highly recommended for non-electricians interested in PV system installation. Price: Member: Free

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Course Description: In this course, the main focus will be using cordwood construction to build a house or cabin using codeapproved techniques. Participants will learn the timelines for wood prep, site prep, foundation options, and wall types as well as mortar mixes, insulation options, and wood treatment. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20

Participants on the PV Training Roof 2012 Photo credit: Chris Talbot-Heindl

SOLAR THERMAL

Course Description: This course will provide participants the A through Z of building with straw bales: from creating foundations to putting on a roof. Topics will include different ways to work with straw, as well as discuss the different types of plasters. Participants will also learn how to keep fire, mold, mildew, and rodents away. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20

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GB 103 Introduction to Straw Bale Construction

Non-Member: $20

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primer course descriptions SA 050 Primer on Renewable Energy Options for a Farm

W 050 Primer on Wind Electricity

Course Description:

This primer will introduce the concept of wind electricity. Participants will learn basic definition of wind electricity, how small wind electric systems work, and how wind systems can add to the value of any home or business.

GREEN BUILDING

In this primer, participants will learn the different options for renewable energy integration on a farm. The primer will present the need and importance for renewable energy, the types of systems that are available, and strategic planning for integration of renewable energy on a farm. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

PHOTOVOLTAICS

SL 140 The Self-Sustaining Lifestyle Series (in various topics) Course Description:

SMALL WIND

This course will be dedicated to endowing participants with the knowledge and skills to lead them toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Topics will vary and may include: canning, home energy efficiency, bike maintenance and commuting, seed saving, herbal ointments and tinctures, food dehydration, backyard chickens, and tool maintenance. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

ST 050 Primer on Solar Water Heating Course Description:

SOLAR THERMAL

In this primer, participants will be introduced to the concept of solar water heating. Participants will learn the basic definition of solar water heating, how solar water heating systems work, and how solar water systems can add to the value of any home or business. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

ST 105 Solar Air Heat Introduction Course Description:

AGRICULTURE

In this primer, participants will learn the basics of solar air heating. Participants will learn how solar air panels work, describe and identify components, define the solar window, and estimate system production. Price: Member: Free

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Non-Member: $20

Course Description:

Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

W 055 Primer on Selecting a Wind Turbine Course Description: This primer will overview the physics, practicality, and performance of horizontal axis, roof-top, and vertical axis wind turbines. Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

GB 103 Introduction to Straw Bale Construction Price: Member: TBD

Non-Member: TBD

Course Description: Throughout the year, MREA instructors are involved in a variety of construction projects suitable for hands-on learning. These projects include straw bale walls, cordwood walls, living roofs, earthen floors, etc. Installation workshops run from 2-5 days and involve approximately 25% lecture and 75% hands-on work. Over the years, these installations have proven to be an excellent opportunity to gain experience and identify the building materials and methods right for participants. Check the MREA website, www.midwestrenew.org/ workshops, for the topics, dates, and locations of this year’s site-based installation workshops. Prerequisites:

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Course Description: In this course, participants will learn about the history of straw bale construction and other sustainable practices, and get the ins and outs of straw bale construction. Participants will do hands-on work with straw stacking, stitching, and plastering. Prerequisites:

GB 305 Site-Based Installation (in various topics)

GREEN BUILDING

GB 301 Straw Bale Construction

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GB 102 Sustainable and Natural Building – Materials and Methods and TBD by course topic Price: Member: TBD

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Farming for the future

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© Organic Valley 2012-12023

Powering a 50-cow organic dairy with 20 kilowatts of pure Wisconsin sunshine, Organic Valley's Blatz farm family is a proud sponsor of MREA.

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Celebrating

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PHOTOVOLTAICS

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photovoltaic course descriptions PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of system types, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment. Prerequisites: None Continuing Education Units: 8.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 6.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 7.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110

PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor

PVO 101 Basic Photovoltaics Online

PVO 201 Residential PV Site Assessor Online

Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of system types, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach how to perform a PV site assessment for a residential property. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure. Participants will access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.

Prerequisites: None

To receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate, participants will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments, pass the written test, and pay a $50 exam fee.

AGRICULTURE

Continuing Education Units: 8.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 6.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 7.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $90

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Non-Member: $110

Course Description: Participants in this one-day course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a residential property. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure. Participants will access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives. To receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate, participants will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments, pass the written test, and pay a $50 exam fee. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and basic computer skills Continuing Education Units: 8.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270

Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and basic computer skills Continuing Education Units: 8.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270

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PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $180 Non-Member: $200

Course Description: In the past, only firefighters in remote or rural areas ever expected to see renewable energy systems during emergency responses. Today, the proliferation of utility interactive photovoltaic systems in urban, suburban, and interface areas means that all firefighters and their commanders will encounter these systems eventually. Participants in this course will learn suggested response guidelines for firefighter safety with renewable energy systems, National Electrical Code implications for both PV installers and firefighters, and discuss scenarios to increase awareness of procedures critical to safety.

SOLAR THERMAL

Course Description: In this one-day course, participants will learn about PV system commissioning and decommissioning, including, safe start up procedures, coordination with utility and inspection officials, system monitoring and maintenance, performance assessment, troubleshooting, and proper documentation. This course will help to define and build the skills required to ensure a professional installation that meets the needs of the customer, the utility, and installation standards enforced by local authorities.

PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems

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PV 207 PV System Commissioning and Decommissioning

Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute Price: Member: $180 Non-Member: $200

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and PV 104 Working with Electricity or equivalent experience Continuing Education Units: 16.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 14.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $380 Non-Member: $400

Course Description: This online course is designed for home and business owners looking to power electric vehicles with photovoltaic (PV) systems. With an overview of available products, participants will learn to analyze options, discuss trends in the market, estimate costs, and model the finances of electric vehicle and solar electric systems.

GREEN BUILDING

Course Description: This two-day course uses lecture and hands-on classroom activities to teach the basic principles of PV system design and installation. Participants will learn system sizing, system layout, battery connections, safety, and basic installation techniques. Participants will size, connect, and test a small stand-alone system and a utility interactive system. This class is recommended for participants working toward NABCEP Certification or planning on attending MREA advanced classes.

PVO 209 Solar Electric Vehicle Charging for Home and Business

Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or firefighter Continuing Education Units: 6.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

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photovoltaic course descriptions PV 211 PV System Inspection

PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online

GREEN BUILDING

Course Description: A formal inspection of a photovoltaic system ensures that the PV system installation conforms to professional, legal, and regional electrical and mechanical standards. In this course, participants will become familiar with applicable standards that ensure that system mounting and attachments, electrical calculations, grounding, labeling, and documentation meet existing codes.

Course Description: This online course will guide participants through the design process for a utility interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Participants will become familiar with the procedures, tools, and resources used to select equipment, determine equipment location, plan system layout, perform string sizing, determine breaker size, and site the array. Participants will apply their knowledge by solving design challenges in three PV system case studies.

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or Electrical Inspector Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PV 301 Photovoltaic Design and Installation Lab

SOLAR THERMAL

SMALL WIND

Course Description: This four-day course offers participants an advanced level of lecture and hands-on learning that will prepare them for field installations and other advanced courses. Participants will learn how to correctly design, size, and select PV system components and identify and interpret National Electric Code (NEC) articles that pertain to the installations. While working on a training roof, participants will learn safety procedures, system design and layout, component selection and specification, electrical and mechanical integration techniques, and troubleshooting.

AGRICULTURE

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 32.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 32.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 32.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 32.0 CHs for WI UDC – Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $700 Non-Member: $720

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Prerequisites: PV 201 PV Site Assessor and PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PV 305 PV System Design Course Description: This one-day course provides an advanced level of lecture that prepares the participants for designing photovoltaic (PV) systems. In-depth discussion topics include product specification, product integration, system design capabilities and limitations, major system design issues, common mistakes, and solutions. Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

Course Description: This installation course offers participants an advanced level of lecture and hands-on learning as they install a permanent residential or commercial utility interactive PV system from the ground up. Participants will learn sizing, component selection, system layout, NEC calculations and requirements, and real world installation techniques.

Prerequisites: Must be an electrical inspector or PV installer. Continuing Education Units: 3.0 CHs for WI Beginner Electrician Registration 3.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 3.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors 3.0 CHs for WI Industrial Journeyman Electricians 3.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 3.0 CHs for WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $55 Non-Member: $75

Prerequisites: PV 301 Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 40.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 40.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 40.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 40.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: TBD Non-Member: TBD

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Course Description: This three-hour course will include a review of NEC Articles 690 and 705. The course will also cover equipment listing and labeling requirements, code compliant calculations and system labeling requirements. This course is intended to inform Electrical Installers and Inspectors of code compliance requirements for solar electric systems.

GREEN BUILDING

PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation

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PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems

SMALL WIND

PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems

AGRICULTURE

Prerequisites: Must be an electrical inspector or renewable installer. Continuing Education Units: 6.0 CHs for WI Beginner Electrician Registration 6.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 6.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors 6.0 CHs for WI Industrial Journeyman Electricians 6.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 6.0 CHs for WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $110 Non-Member: $130

SOLAR THERMAL

Course Description: This six-hour course will include a review of NEC Articles 690 and 705. The course will also cover equipment listing and labeling requirements, code compliant calculations and system labeling requirements. This course is intended to inform Electrical Installers and Inspectors of code compliance requirements for renewable electric systems.

Participants learn about the Balance of System, 2012 Photo credit: Clay Sterling

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photovoltaic course descriptions PV 403 PV and the NEC

PVO 405 Advancements in PV

Course Description: This two-day course will cover the NEC requirements necessary for safe and codecompliant PV electrical installation. Topics include: the layout, building blocks and navigation of NEC, and code compliant calculations for conductor ampacity, overcurrent protection, conduit fill, box fill, and voltage drops. The course will conclude with a utility interactive PV case study in which students will calculate all the necessary components.

Course Description: This online course is designed to bring participants up-to-date on the newest equipment and techniques used in PV installation. This includes the latest gear (modules, inverters, charge controllers, mounting structures, disconnection means, etc.) and the newest, most efficient, and safest methods for installing PV systems that meet NEC code.

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 16.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $430 Non-Member: $450

PV 404 Grounding and Bonding

SMALL WIND

Course Description: This one-day course will identify the general requirements of NEC Article 250 – Grounding and Bonding of electrical systems, including terminology and specific requirements for PV systems.

AGRICULTURE

SOLAR THERMAL

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 8.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

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Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 7.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers Course Description: This course presents an in-depth analysis of issues for photovoltaic (PV) systems relating to National Electrical Code (NEC) Section 690. Code issues in PV system design and specification will be covered as well as issues concerning product listing requirements, wiring, grounding, and labeling. Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 7.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PRIMER

PV 409 PV Math

Course Description: PV systems that employ batteries require significant design considerations. Whether using batteries with a bimodal or stand-alone system, battery selection and sizing is challenging. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for PV applications.

Course Description: This course will focus on code compliant calculations required for PV system design. Using a combination of lecture and classroom activities, the course will review all pertinent mathematics, although much of the focus will be directed by participants in order to address their areas of concern. Recommended for understanding the math portions of the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam.

PV 408 Commercial PV Design

Course Description: This two-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the fundamentals of electric vehicle (EV) charging, and how to use PV to do it. An overview of the EV industry will cover requirements and policies for utility integration and NEC requirements. Participants will learn how to site an EV charging station, which balance of system components are needed, charging load requirements, and how to install the EV charging station. The course will also cover troubleshooting, post installation support, and maintenance.

SOLAR THERMAL

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 8.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging

SMALL WIND

Course Description: This one-day course will guide the participant through the step-by-step process of reading and interpreting blueprints of a 1MW ground-mounted utility interactive photovoltaic (PV) commercial project. Participants will discuss topics including electrical integration, NEC compliance, sizing a PV Source and PV Output circuit conductors and their overcurrent protection, conduit fill, voltage drop calculations, PV module and inverter electrical characteristics, inter-row shading, enclosure and equipment grounding, and mechanical integration.

Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 7.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

GREEN BUILDING

PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: TBD Price: Member: $430 Non-Member: $450

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photovoltaic course descriptions

GREEN BUILDING

Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the structural considerations involved in solar installations. Participants will learn about local building codes, construction permitting, structural integrity of buildings and roofs, structural integrity of solar systems under various weather conditions, and NEC code considerations.

PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PV 501 Lead Installer Training – Residential PV

SOLAR THERMAL

SMALL WIND

Course Description: This 6-12 day course allows each participant to be the lead installer on one system (of multiple to be installed) – which can be used to meet Focus on Energy and/or North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) systems installation experience requirements. The lead installer will review the site assessment and system performance analysis. As crew leader, each participant will direct system siting, design, installation, and commissioning activities with emphasis on safety and documentation. Each participant will work as a crewmember on the remaining systems.

AGRICULTURE

Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 40.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 40.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 40.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 40.0 CHs for WI UDC – Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: TBD Non-Member: TBD

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PV 502 NABCEP Test Prep

Course Description: This two-day intensive class will present participants with knowledge and tools to prepare them to take the NABCEP PV Installer Certification exam. Participants will work through content related to the NABCEP task analysis to give a clear understanding of the knowledge and competencies required in the exam. Preference will be given first to applicants who are registered for the next NABCEP PV Installer Certification exam and then to those who have fulfilled the complete list of requirements to sit for the exam. Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: TBD Price: Member: $300 Non-Member: $320

PVO 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute This online/hands-on hybrid course is designed for instructors who will be offering photovoltaic technical training at their organization. Participants will advance through lecture, hands-on installation, and design work that covers the MREA course content for PV 101 (Basic Photovoltaics), PV 205 (Intermediate Photovoltaics), and PV 301 (PV Design and Installation Lab). This is a 40-hour course consisting of eight hours of online lecture materials in advance of four days of hands-on activities working on PV systems in Central Wisconsin. Prerequisites: Participants must be affiliated with an active solar training program. Price: Member: $1,180 Non-Member: $1,200

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PV 702 Model PV Training Program Institute

PVO 703 PV Curriculum Development Online

Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics, PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training, and one approved tech mentored PV site assessment report. Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600

PV 710 PV Training Lab Design Course Description: This one-day course is designed for instructors looking to design and build training labs for use in their photovoltaic training program. Participants will review training lab designs found at institutions throughout the Midwest, discuss best practices for training lab design, construction, and use.

SOLAR THERMAL

Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $280 Non-Member: $300

AGRICULTURE

This is a 16-hour, online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructor-guided, selfpaced work. The course includes five, scheduled 90-minute online presentations with live discussion.

To become a Recognized Training Provider and offer MREA’s PV Site Assessment Certificate Program at their institution, instructors are required to hold a current MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate, sign a Letter of Agreement, and pay a $300 fee. Recognized Training Provider status is valid for three years.

SMALL WIND

Course Description: This online course is designed for instructors looking to design and improve training programs for photovoltaic (PV) design, installation, and sales technicians. The instruction and resources in this course are designed for instructors looking to integrate PV content into their curriculum or design a program of study for PV Design and Installation or PV Technical Sales professionals. The course includes best practices for curriculum development, solar content integration, student hands-on experience, and career placement services. The course will share case studies of successful programs throughout the US and strategies for training program accreditation and professional certification for students. Participants in this course will gain access to curriculum resources including presentations, videos, manuals, and quizzes.

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $1,180 Non-Member: $1,200

Course Description: This online course is a requirement for instructors interested in teaching MREA’s accredited Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate program (ANSI-IREC 14732:2012) at their institution. Participants are paired with a technology subject expert as they learn to apply the tech mentoring tools to practice site assessment reports. This course covers instructional materials and tech mentoring strategies as well as procedures for the MREA’s Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate. This is a 16-hour, online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructor-guided, self-paced work.

GREEN BUILDING

Course Description: This four-day institute is designed for instructors with experience teaching photovoltaics in a lecture and hands-on environment. This course is designed to bring together leaders in PV training from across the Midwest to share best practices and sustainable program models. Participants will share and review curriculum, develop resources for use in their classrooms, work on training lab designs, form strategies to build partnerships, and identify approaches for getting onsite experience for their students.

PVO 705 Photovoltaics Site Assessment Instruction Online

Prerequisite: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600

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photovoltaic course descriptions PV 711 PV Training Lab Design and Installation

GREEN BUILDING

Course Description: This three-day hands-on installation workshop is designed for instructors looking to design and build training labs for use in their solar training program. Participants will review training lab designs found at institutions throughout the Midwest, discuss best practices for training lab design, construction, and use, and work with the MREA to install a PV system on a mock training roof for use in a Midwest school’s solar training program.

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $1,180 Non-Member: $1,200

PV 715 Advanced Topics in PV Training Course Description: These Advanced Topics in PV Training courses are designed for instructors who want to develop advanced PV content that their educational institutions can offer to students. Topics will vary to meet requests and needs. Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Courses that Qualify: • PV 207 PV System Commissioning and Decommissioning • PVO 209 Solar Electric Vehicle Charging for Home and Business • PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems • PV 211 PV System Inspection • PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online • PV 305 PV System Design

SMALL WIND

• PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation • PV 403 PV and the NEC • PV 404 Grounding and Bonding • PVO 405 Advancements in PV • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems

SOLAR THERMAL

• PV 408 Commercial PV Design • PV 409 PV Math • PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging • PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online • PV 501 Lead Installer Training - Residential PV

AGRICULTURE

• PV 502 NABCEP Test Prep

Participants on the PV Training Roof, 2012 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore

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WO 201 Small Wind Site Assessor Training

Course Description:

Course Description:

This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of wind electric systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design, sizing, and siting of wind energy systems.

Participants in this online/hands-on hybrid course will learn how to perform a site assessment for a small wind system. The course will cover how to evaluate a site’s wind energy potential, determine wind speeds at proposed heights, make a load profile for a client’s energy needs, determine appropriate tower heights, and estimate kWh output for a system based upon wind resources.

Prerequisites: None Continuing education units:

Price: Member: $90

Non-Member: $110

WO 101 Introduction to Wind Systems Online Course Description:

Prerequisites: W 101 Introductions to Wind Systems Continuing education units: 32.0 classroom training hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification 12.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $550

Non-Member: $570

SMALL WIND

This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of wind electric systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design, sizing, and siting of wind energy systems.

To receive a MREA Wind Site Assessor Certificate you will need to perform two practice site assessments, pass a written test, and pay a $50 exam fee.

PHOTOVOLTAICS

8.0 classroom training hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification 6.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers

GREEN BUILDING

W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems

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small wind course descriptions

Prerequisites: None

SOLAR THERMAL

Continuing education units: 8.0 classroom training hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification 6.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $90

Non-Member: $110

AGRICULTURE

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small wind course descriptions W 307 Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety

W 401 Wind System Repair and Maintenance

Course Description:

Participants in this two-day course will perform repairs and annual maintenance on a selection of area wind turbines and systems. This is a working course with optional tower climbing. Machines from 1 kW to 20 kW may be covered, including work on freestanding, guyed lattice, and tilt-up towers.

GREEN BUILDING

This one-day course will focus on the fundamentals of tower climbing and safety. Participants will be educated in climbing mechanics, hazard assessment, fall protection, basic knot tying, and more. The course will conclude with a climb on a tower practicing the safety procedures and knowledge learned in class. Prerequisites: None

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Price: Member: $180

Non-Member: $200

PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems

SMALL WIND

Course Description: This three-hour course will include a review of NEC Articles 690 and 705. The course will also cover equipment listing and labeling requirements, code compliant calculations and system labeling requirements. This course is intended to inform Electrical Installers and Inspectors of code compliance requirements for renewable electric systems.

AGRICULTURE

SOLAR THERMAL

Prerequisites: Must be an electrical inspector or renewable installer. Continuing Education Units: 6.0 CHs for WI Beginner Electrician Registration 6.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 6.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors 6.0 CHs for WI Industrial Journeyman Electricians 6.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 6.0 CHs for WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $110 Non-Member: $130

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Course Description:

Prerequisites: W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems and W 307 Tower Climbing Safety Price: Member: $380

Non-Member: $400

WO 409 Math and Code for Small Wind Online Course Description: Participants in this course will learn to effectively reference and use the National Electrical Code (NEC) with regard to the installation of small wind energy systems, and to properly size conductors, overcurrent protection, and associated equipment for grid interactive and battery-based systems. Many of the calculations and processes in this course align with the Job Task Analysis for the NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification. Prerequisites: W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems Price: Member: $300

Non-Member: $320

Course Description:

Course Description:

This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads. Prerequisites: None

This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads.

Continuing Education Units:

Prerequisites: None

8.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 6.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 7.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contract Qualifiers 8.0 CHs for WI UDC – HVAC Inspectors 4.0 CHs for WI UDC – Plumbing Inspectors 7.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 7.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliances

Continuing Education Units:

Non-Member: $110

8.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 6.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 7.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contract Qualifiers 8.0 CHs for WI UDC – HVAC Inspectors 4.0 CHs for WI UDC – Plumbing Inspectors 7.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 7.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliances Price: Member: $90

SMALL WIND

Price: Member: $90

PHOTOVOLTAICS

STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online

GREEN BUILDING

ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water

PRIMER

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Non-Member: $110

SOLAR THERMAL AGRICULTURE

Caleffi Solar Installation 2012 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore

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solar thermal course descriptions ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training

STO 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training Online

Course Description:

Course Description:

Participants in this one-day course will learn how to perform a solar water heating site assessment for a home. The course will cover how to define a site’s solar window, interpret solar radiation and temperature data, size a system, identify system components, and determine the best location for collectors.

This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach how to perform a solar water heating site assessment for a home. The course will cover how to define a site’s solar window, interpret solar radiation and temperature data, size a system, identify system components, and determine the best location for collectors.

SMALL WIND

PHOTOVOLTAICS

To receive a MREA Residential Solar Thermal Site Assessor Certificate, participants will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments, pass the written test, and pay a $50 exam fee. Prerequisites:

To receive a MREA Residential Solar Thermal Assessor Certificate, participants will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments, pass the written test, and pay a $50 exam fee.

ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water

Prerequisites:

Continuing Education Units:

ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water

8.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 5.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 1.0 CHs for IA HVAC License 1.0 CHs for IA Hydronics License 12.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 8.0 CHs for WI UDC-HVAC Inspectors 12.0 CHs for WI UDC-Plumbing Inspectors

Continuing Education Units:

Non-Member: $270

AGRICULTURE

SOLAR THERMAL

Price: Member: $250

Solar Air Panel Installation 2012 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore

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8.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 5.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 1.0 CHs for IA HVAC License 1.0 CHs for IA Hydronics License 12.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 8.0 CHs for WI UDC-HVAC Inspectors 12.0 CHs for WI UDC-Plumbing Inspectors Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270

Course Description:

ST 403 High-Mass Sand Beds and Other Seasonal Solar Thermal Storage Course Description:

ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water

Prerequisites:

Continuing Education Units

ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor or ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent

Price: Member: $550

Non-Member: $570

ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation Course Description:

ST 406 Solar Water Systems Commissioning and Testing Course Description: In this one-day course, participants will learn about solar water system commissioning and testing, including verification, pressure testing, monitoring, documentation, maintenance, performance assessment, and troubleshooting. This course will help to define and build the skills required to ensure a professional installation that meets the needs of the customer and installation standards enforced by local authorities. Toward the end of the course, participants will take part in the commissioning and testing of a solar domestic hot water system. Prerequisites: ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230

Prerequisites:

Non-Member: $250

SOLAR THERMAL

In this on-site installation course, participants will be involved in various steps in the installation of a solar hot water system, including mounting collectors, plumbing and insulating copper pipe, and installing a storage tank, heat exchanger, circulation pump, and other components.

Price: Member: $230

SMALL WIND

24.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 14.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 4.0 CHs for IA Hydronics License 18.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 18.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master PlumberRestricted Appliances 18.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master PlumberRestricted Services, 6.0 CHs for WI UDC-HVAC Inspectors 18.0 CHs for WI UDC-Plumbing Inspectors

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Prerequisites:

In this one-day course, participants will discuss in-depth different solar thermal storage options. Presentation and discussion will teach techniques on how to store summer heat during winter months and topics including storage types, methods, storage system sizing, and installation strategies.

GREEN BUILDING

In this three-day course, participants will learn the basics of how to properly install two solar domestic hot water heating systems suitable for northern climates. Participants will work as a group to install both a drainback and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof.

PRIMER

ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab

Non-Member: $250

ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units:

Price: Member: TBD

AGRICULTURE

32.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 14.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 14.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliances 14.0 CHs for WI UDC – Plumbing Inspectors Non-Member: TBD

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PHOTOVOLTAICS

GREEN BUILDING

ST 407 Solar Water Systems Decommissioning Course Description:

STO 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design Online

In this one-day course, participants will learn about solar water system decommissioning. Whether you are asked to decommission an existing solar water system, to replace an existing system’s parts, or have a seasonal system that needs to be decommissioned each winter season, this course will help you learn how to decommission a system safely. Toward the end of the course, participants will take part in the decommissioning of a seasonal solar domestic hot water system.

Course Description: This online course explores system design considerations, including collector sizing and configuration, pipe sizing, component sizing, solar fluid volume estimation, heat storage, heat delivery, code considerations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Participants will apply design elements while working through five case study systems, including space heating, commercial, and process heat applications.

Prerequisites:

Prerequisites:

ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent

ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent

Price: Member: $230

Continuing education units:

Non-Member: $250

STO 409 Solar Space Heating Systems Course Description:

SMALL WIND

In this online course, participants will learn the basics of liquid-based solar thermal space heating systems with emphasis on northern climate installations. Presentations and discussion will cover system types, heat storage methods and strategies, heat exchange methods, boiler and furnace integration, high mass systems, system sizing and large and split array collector mounting strategies. Prerequisites:

SOLAR THERMAL

ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor or ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 8.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 3.5 CHs for IA HVAC License 3.5 CHs for IA Hydronics License

AGRICULTURE

Price: Member: $230

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Non-Member: $250

7.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 4.5 CHs for IA HVAC License Price: Member: $300

Non-Member: $320

PV-ST0 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the structural considerations involved in solar installations. Participants will learn about local building codes, construction permitting, structural integrity of buildings and roofs, structural integrity of solar systems under various weather conditions, and NEC code considerations. Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250

PRIMER

ST 501 Solar Thermal Advanced Lead Installation

STO 705 Solar Thermal Assessment Instruction

Course Description:

This online course is a requirement for instructors interested in teaching MREA’s accredited Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate program (ANSIIREC 14732:2012) at their institution. Participants are paired with a technology subject expert as they learn to apply the tech mentoring tools to practice site assessments reports. This course covers instructional materials and tech mentoring strategies as well as procedures for the MREA’s Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate. This is a 16-hour, online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructor-guided, self-paced work.

Prerequisites:

Continuing education units: 32.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification Price: Member: TBD

Non-Member: TBD

Course Description:

Prerequisites: ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water, ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training, and one approved tech mentored solar thermal site assessment report.

SOLAR THERMAL

This five-day solar thermal technology intensive is designed for instructors looking to gain experience with solar thermal systems. Participants will advance through lecture, site evaluation, hands-on installation, and design work that covers the MREA course content for ST 101, ST 201, ST 301, and ST 410.

To become a Recognized Training Provider and offer MREA’s Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate Program at their institution, instructors are required to hold a current MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate, sign a Letter of Agreement, and pay a $300 fee. Recognized Training Provider status is valid for three years.

SMALL WIND

ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute

PHOTOVOLTAICS

ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 401 Advanced Solar Hot Water Installation or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent

GREEN BUILDING

This 3-12 day course allows each participant to be the lead installer on one system – which can be used to meet NABCEP systems installation experience requirements. The lead installer will review the site assessment and ensure safety and system performance as they lead system siting, installation, testing, and activation.

Course Description:

Prerequisites: Participants must be affiliated with an active solar training program in the Midwest. Price: Member: $1,180

Non-Member: $1,200 Solar Air Panel Installation 2012 Photo credit: Chris Talbot-Heindl

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sustainable agriculture course descriptions SAO 110 Understanding Stray Voltage

SA 215 Water Pumping with Solar and Wind

Course Description:

Course Description:

This online course is intended to help the participant understand, define, and explain “stray voltage� as it pertains to farm wiring and renewable energy systems. Although used widely and often incorrectly, there is a USDA definition of stray voltage, and many states have adopted rules, limits, and mitigation policies surrounding the subject. Participants will learn basic electrical properties and terms, and apply that to grid electricity and distributed generation on the farm.

In this one-day course, participants will learn the various types of solar and wind water-pumping systems. Participants will learn to determine the preferred application for each system. This course will also cover the technical side including: pump types, solar and wind electrical inputs, and energy storage. The course will describe how the variables of water volume and pumping height determine the capacity and energy demands for moving water.

Prerequisites: None

Price: Member: $180

Price: Member: $55

Course Description:

SOLAR THERMAL

SMALL WIND

This course provides hands-on training for making fuel from locally produced resources for use in diesel engines, fuel oil burners, and generators. The course will include demonstrations of oilseed cleaning and pressing and biodiesel production methods using two different processors. Topics covered include SVO and conversion kits, economics of on-farm fuel production, regulatory considerations, safety, fuel quality, and usage. Participants will make their own small batch of biodiesel and perform basic quality tests. Prerequisites: None

Course Description:

AGRICULTURE

In this online course, participants will gain a perspective of how to design their farm in a sustainable manner that utilizes renewable energy solutions. Participants will learn the intricacies of farm layout to make the most out of renewable energy sources. Prerequisites: None

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SA 230 Solar Aquaponic Systems Course Description: In this one-day course, participants will gain a general understanding of how solar thermal systems can be utilized in aquaponic systems. Participants will learn what aquaponic systems are, how they can benefit from the solar thermal systems, and identify limitations and requirements involved in a solar aquaponic system. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90

Non-Member: $110

SA 235 Small Scale Biodigesters Course Description:

Non-Member: $110

SAO 210 Whole Farm Renewable Energy Design

Price: Member: $75

Non-Member: $200

Non-Member: $75

SA 205 Biodiesel Production on the Farm

Price: Member: $90

Prerequisites: None

Non-Member: $95

In this one-day course, participants will overview the process of anaerobic digestion and review proven technologies, applications, feedstocks, and digestate end uses. The course outlines realistic energy and financial expectations for digesters and looks at case studies that detail the experiences of farms using small-scale digesters. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90

Non-Member $110

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travel and accommodations Accommodations are not included in your course tuition, so please make your own arrangements. Below you’ll find information on ground, air, and rail services to help you plan your trip and lodging.

The MREA currently has two offices in Wisconsin. Our headquarters, the Custer office, is nestled in the central Wisconsin countryside, seven miles east of Stevens Point. This is the site for The Energy Fair, which draws 20,000 attendees each year. The Milwaukee office was opened in 2009 and is located in the shared office space of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium near downtown Milwaukee.

Custer: Travel

Our Custer office is seven miles east of Stevens Point. Most people who attend our courses will find accommodation and transportation in Stevens Point since Custer is quite rural. For the most up-to-date travel information, including taxi services, air transportation, and railway transportation, see our Vist page at www.midwestrenew.org/visit.

CENTRAL WISCONSIN AIRPORT

MINNEAPOLIS

STEVENS POINT

IOWA MADISON

MILWAUKEE

DUBUQUE CHICAGO

• Access to course kitchen located on the north

side of the Main REI Building during office hours (roughly 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) • Access to permaculture courtyard • Picnic table at each site • Wireless internet access for an additional $5 Campsites are first-come, first-served and cost $15/night. RV spaces are also available in the field in front of the MREA for $15/night.

Food and Events

For a complete listing of local restaurants and events in the area, visit the Stevens Point Area Visitors Burea website at www.stevenspointarea.com.

For a complete listing of accommodations in the Custer area, including hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, and area camping, see our Visit page at www.midwestrenew.org/visit.

Camping at the Custer Office

The Custer location has low-cost camping available to all course participants. We have a total of 20 rustic tent sites nestled east of the Institute in a wooded area.

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APPLETON

MINNESOTA

Accommodations

Camping features include: • Woodchip path leading to indoor showers and toilets available to course participants 24 hours a day, located on the north side of the North Education Building

CUSTER

Camping in the Norway pines.

Milwaukee: Travel

Since our second office is located in Milwaukee, a lot of our off-site courses are offered in this lovely city.

Food

For a complete listing of dining locations in the Milwaukee area, visit Visit Milwaukee at www. visitmilwaukee.org/visitors/dining-nightlife..

For the most up-to-date travel information, including transportation groups, buses, shuttles, taxi services, amtrak, car rentals, and air transportation, visit Visit Milwaukee at www.visitmilwaukee.org/visitors/transportation.

Accommodations

For a complete listing of accommodations in the Milwaukee area, including hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, area camping, residence halls, and resorts, visit Visit Milwaukee at www.visitmilwaukee.org/visitors/ where-to-stay.

Photo credit: Visit Milwaukee

Full Spectrum Solar is a locally owned, environmentally conscious company focused on providing our customers the best solar energy installations possible since 2002. Owned and operated by UW-Madison mechanical engineering graduates, brothers Mark and Burke O’Neal, our staff includes engineers, NABCEP certified installers and Wisconsin-licensed electricians and plumbers.

Includes everything except 4” pipe & panels

1240 East Washington • Madison, WI 53703

(608) 284-9495 • www.fullspectrumsolar.com

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mrea news The Energy Fair

By: Ellie Jackson, MREA Events Coordinator Declare your independence this June 21-23, 2013 at The 24th Annual Energy Fair! The Midwest Renewable Energy Association will host The Energy Fair at the MREA headquarters in Custer, Wisconsin. Reserve your campsites, exhibitor booths, and workshop sessions all online, and mark June 21-23, 2013 on your calendars today! The Energy Fair is the largest and longest-running energy and sustainable living education event in the nation. Each year we host amazing and knowledgeable workshop presenters, as well as informational exhibitors to connect you with top of the line renewable energy and sustainable living information and products. How can you get involved with The Fair? Learn. Act. Connect.

Learn:

The Energy Fair features over 200 sustainable living workshops throughout the event. To view the 2012 workshop offerings, please visit our website. The MREA is currently soliciting workshop proposals for The 2012 Energy Fair. If you have a project you’d like to present on, please submit a workshop proposal at www.midwestrenew.org/ fairworkshops.

two hours a day volunteering, and we’ll get you into The Energy Fair for free that day. Want to be Hardcore? Become a Hardcore Volunteer by volunteering 12 hours for the week leading up to or during The Energy Fair, and get a free weekend pass into The Energy Fair, as well as a Hardcore Volunteer t-shirt. Membership: The Energy Fair is a great time to become an MREA Member! Join as a member and you’ll get into The Energy Fair for FREE! You’ll also get discounts on awesome Energy Fair t-shirts, coffee mugs, and other MREA merchandise. Visit www.midwestrenew.org.

Connect:

From our delicious Networking Dinner, to our hands-on Green Home Pavilion demonstrations, there are many ways to plug into The Energy Fair. • Alternative Transportation • Back to the Land Live Auction • Donor Dinner • Educator’s Tent • Green Home Pavilion • Networking Dinner • Rainbow’s End • Sustainable Tables • Young Adult Workshops

Act:

Exhibitors: Don’t miss your opportunity to shop around at 275 sustainable living vendors, as well as learn from some of the best educational and non-profit organizations in the world. Exhibitor spaces are available now! For more information on exhibiting, please visit www. midwestrenew.org/fairexhibitors, or contact Ellie Jackson at 715-592-6595 and elliej@ midwestrenew.org. Volunteer: The Energy Fair is only as great as the people that make it happen, and we need YOU! Become an Energy Fair Volunteer and spend

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Photo Credit: Tom Brown

Solar Powering Your Community

Power Pack

The MREA, as part of the Grow Solar Wisconsin team, was tasked to organize an initiative to educate communities in the state about solar energy. Through this, the MREA organized a conference called The Solar Powering Your Community Conference (SPYC Conference).

The MREA is spearheading an innovative solar program called the Power Pack. The Power Pack is a purchasing program supporting local economic growth through small businesses and manufacturing, all while helping to drive down the cost of solar for consumers.

The mission of the conference was to help overcome barriers to widespread adoption of solar energy technologies, and to be a resource to assist these local governments and stakeholders in designing and implementing a strategic local solar plan. The conference attracted not only many of the solar industry stakeholders in the state, but political leaders, over 50 state authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ’s), and many other utility and municipal representatives.

The Power Pack launched to an extremely successful trial run in Milwaukee. After forming strategic partnerships with Ingeteam and Helios Solar Works, the MREA along with Milwaukee Shines, a partner of the Grow Solar Wisconsin team, educated consumers at Outpost Natural Food locations in the Milwaukee area. These “Power Hour” educational seminars informed homeowners of how solar systems worked, what incentives are available and how they could get a system of their own.

By: Nick Korth, Market Development Coordinator

Elizabeth Hittman, MREA’s Milwaukee Director and the organizer of the conference had this to say of the daylong event: “We would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended, presented, sponsored, or exhibited at this new conference. Nearly 200 attendees learned from our knowledeable presenters, who included: James Tong of Clean Power Finance, Joseph F. Wiedman from Keys, Fox & Wiedman, Chris Taylor, Wisconsin State Representative from the 48th Assembly District, and Bradley Klein from the Environmental Law and Policy Center. We are sincerely thrilled with the valuable information that our presenters shared. Now, almost 200 people have the tools and resources they need to assist them in designing and implementing a strategic solar plan in their communities.” The Grow Solar Wisconsin program and the SPYC Conference were made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy grant through the SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge.

By: Nick Korth, Market Development Coordinator

The Milwaukee Power Pack led to six direct installations at more than thirty percent cost savings over installed solar systems in the Milwaukee area last year! The MREA will continue to expand the reach of the Power Pack, and continue to educate consumers about solar energy and its benefits. The Grow Solar Wisconsin program and the Milwaukee Power Pack were made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy grant through the SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge.

Solar Powering Your Community Conferences Photo Credit: Nick Korth

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mrea alumni feature Jim Northey and Sonia Goltz, Course Participants

Q. You recently installed a system at your home. Tell us a little about that.

We have the benefit of having friends, Terry and Peg McNinch of Houghton, who have lived offgrid using a photovoltaic system for more than 20 years. Terry’s knowledge and their experience were incredibly important in educating us and setting our expectations for off-grid living.

A. We bought our property in the UP about 12

years ago. The folks we bought it from had a very small photovoltaic system that used four 12 volt deep cell batteries. The system was not operational. We really didn’t require power on the rare occasions we used the property, but our plan was always to move to the property full time. Starting in 2010 we started a major renovation of the main log cabin, which had been built in 1975. We wanted to reduce our consumption and gain some independence from utilities and fossil fuels. Fortunately for us, our local utility provider was able to provide significant incentives for us to move off the grid; the cost estimate to connect to the grid was about $35,000.00. This gave us an incredible budgetary number to work with in providing our own off-grid system. The original goal was to build an off-grid system for between $25,000.00 to $30,000.00. We ended up designing a 4kW photovoltaic system with a propane generator backup.

Partial installation of balance of systems Photo credit: Jim Northey

The entire renovation was focused on reducing energy requirements. Our designer was Dave Bach from Houghton, who is committed to efficient design. We wanted to minimize the need for supplemental fuel, in our case propane, by building a battery bank that could support our daily energy requirements for 3 to 5 days.

A. Well, we are now independent of the most

One particular lighting design we are particularly proud of is four recessed lighting fixtures on the main level of the cabin equipped with 3 watt LED mini-flood lights that is switched from any of the entries to the cabin and the second floor. This gives us full first floor lighting for 12 watts! Dave Bach’s excellent open design and the choice of polymer foam insulation has greatly reduced heating requirements.

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Q. What are your future goals for your home? incredible machine built by mankind - the U.S. electrical grid. However, we are dependent on propane. We need to work on finding ways to reduce our consumption of this fuel. We live in the UP of Michigan, actually well into Lake Superior on the Keweenaw Peninsula. This means that there are stretches of cloud cover that lasts for days, sometimes weeks. Long term we are considering bringing in 2 to 4 kW of wind capacity. Given the size of the battery storage in place, the favorable wind patterns on the lake, it might be possible to be truly independent of fossil fuel. We would love to be able to tell folks when they see our state of the art 8.5kVA propane generator that it never runs.

Dustin and Jill Denkins, owners of SuburbSolar and Waterfront Solar of Manistique, Michigan, whom we met through MREA, have a solar thermal green house at their off-grid home. This is definitely one of our next projects to try and achieve a low energy consumption approach for year round growth of vegetables and greens. Lastly, we are about 20 minutes away from our jobs in Houghton. We would like to be able to move to a plug-in hybrid or electrical vehicle and use solar to generate the majority of the electrical for these vehicles.

Q. How did the MREA and the courses they

provided help you obtain your current system and influence your future goals?

I ended up taking the Solar Site Assessor course, taught by Clay Sterling. What a great way to formally do your own site assessment while taking the class. There is a saying that “life rewards action.” I chose to attend the course on September 10th in Custer, Wisconsin, even though I had to depart for a business trip to Nigeria on the Eleventh. Attending the course was a gentleman from the UP, Dustin Denkins. Turns out Dustin was a student of ours at Michigan Tech. Dustin and his wife Jill are committed to renewable energy and low consumption living. The bonus to attending the course, in addition to the learning, was we found our solar installer.

A. Well, I have to say we finally started

participating in the MREA about a year and a half ago. The overall experience has been incredible. We first took the “Working with Electricity” course to provide a basic understanding of electrical systems, especially from a safety perspective. The course, taught by Julie Brazeau, was an excellent introduction. I then took the Basic Photovoltaic course. We attended the MREA Energy Fair for the first time this year. We can’t begin to tell you the amount of education and information we gained from attending The Energy Fair. At one of the sessions a gentleman attending the session, who turned out to be an engineer, spoke up about his analysis of electrical requirements. After the session he shared with me his detailed load analysis worksheet. I used this as a model for our own estimation.

4 kW pole-mounted PV arrays Photo credit: Jim Northey

Like other folks probably, the Kill-A-Watt meter became a bit of a video game equivalent. “Wonder how much energy that consumes?” Amazing how many misconceptions on energy consumption can be corrected by a very small simple to use power meter.

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mrea marketplace

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association offers a variety of resources to help you learn more about renewable energy and sustainable living. Listed below are a few of the books we sell that are specific to the courses we offer. Please note that member prices qualify only for those with Personal Membership Levels. For a complete listing of Marketplace items, please visit our website. To order: • Visit the Marketplace online at www.midwestrenew.org • Call 715-592-6595 ext. 100

BOOKS Homebrew Wind Power By Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink Price: $39.95 Member Price: $35.96 A step-by-step, illustrated guide on how to build a wind generator in a home workshop. Even if you don’t plan on building your own turbine, this book is packed with valuable information for anyone considering wind energy.

Mike Holt’s Illustrated Guide to Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Based on the 2011 NEC By Mike Holt Price: $46.00 Member Price: $41.40 Mike addresses possible conflicts or confusing NEC requirements, tips on proper electrical installations, and warnings of dangers related to improper electrical installations. He can’t eliminate confusing, conflicting, or controversial Code requirements, but he can put them into sharper focus to help you understand their intended purpose. You’ll also learn how to cross reference the code requirements to understand how they relate to one another

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National Electrical Code (NEC) 2011 By National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Price: $85.00 Member Price $76.50 Safe, efficient, code-compliant electrical installations are made simple with the latest publication of this widely popular resource. The National Electrical Code is adopted in all 50 states, and is an essential reference for those in— or entering careers in—electrical design, installation, inspection, and safety.

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mrea’s site assessor directory

The following Renewable Energy Site Assessors can help you determine if your home or small business site is appropriate for the installation of a renewable energy system (PV, solar domestic hot water, or small wind). Each listing includes information about the assessor, including their contact information and technologies they are recognized for. Check www.mreacsa.org for updated listings. The MREA acknowledges that these individuals or businesses have met training and testing standards developed by the MREA. They are not employees or subcontractors of the MREA, and we cannot be held responsible for their actions.

Jeremy Aaron Neighborhood Energy Connection 624 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104 651-328-6220, 925-270-5617 jeremya@thenec.org http://thenec.org Certification Number: 192 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water Casey T. Bailey Frontier Wind Energy 730 Deere Dr. New Richmond, WI 54017 612-859-0027 caseyb@frontierwindenergy.com www.frontierwindenergy.com Certification Number: 181 Tech: Small Wind Barb Basaj SunSpec 3359 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207 414-489-0826 sunspec@earthlink.net www.sunspec.net Certificate Number: 59 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water

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Bill Bayerl Rivendell Energy 515 13th St. SE Menomonie, WI 54751 715-308-1714 babayerl@sbcglobal.net Certification Number: 165 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Julie Brazeau 1701 Reserve St. Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-343-9108 pvbrazeau@charter.net Certificate Number: 41 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Bill C. Bristoll, PG, LEED AP Renewable Energy Solutions Consultants LLC 437 S. Main Hartford, WI 53027 262-854-0180, 262-670-9417 rescLLC@gmail.com Certification Number: 150 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Michael R. Buckman 3365 N Dousman St. Milwaukee, WI 53212 414 446-2085 mbuckman@fullcirclepower.com Certificate Number: 180 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Benjamin Buschkopf Dairyland Electric 4565 N 128th St. Butler, WI 53007 262-783-1550, 262-424-6752 benjaminbuschkopf@yahoo.com www.dairylandelectric.com Certification Number: 152 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water Patrick Carroll Carroll’s Cottage 3517 Lindermann Ave. Racine, WI 53405 262-664-4167 patrickcarroll@carrollscottage.com carrollscottage.com/Energy Certification Number: 164 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water, Small Wind Dan Chiras, PhD Sustainable Systems Design, Inc. 3208 Pin Oak Rd. Gerald, MO 63037 303-674-9688 danchiras@evergreeninstitute.org Certification Number: 86 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Dan Christensen Preferred Electric, LLC 5391 Steves Cheese Rd. Denmark, WI 54208 920-615-6999 electric.preferred@gmail.com Certification Number: 159 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Jesse Dahl RE-Power 5385 Twin Lakes Loop 45 Aurora, MN 55705 218-235-0167 dahlsolar@gmail.com www.hometownelectricinc.com/ Certification Number: 185 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Maureen Faller Kettle View Renewable Energy, LLC N544 Silver Creek Cascade Rd. Random Lake, WI 53075 920-994-9433, 920-838-1428 maureen.faller@gmail.com www.kettleviewre.com Certification Number: 155 Tech: Small Wind

Matthew Giovanelli SolaRain, LLC 7133 W. Wells St. Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-774-8952, 262-354-5027 solarain@wi.rr.com www.solarain.net Certification Number: 87 Tech: Small Wind

Roger Dixon Skylands Renewable Energy 3 Thads Hill Rd. Hampton, NJ 08827 908-337-2057 roger.dixon@skylandsre.com www.skylandsre.com Certification Number: 85 Tech: Small Wind

Todd Glenn Fink Century College 3300 Century Ave. No White Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-747-4042, 651-494-7320 todd.fink@century.edu www.century.edu Certification Number: 187 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water

Matthew Gladen Prevailing Wind Group 1914 Sunnyside Dr. Waukesha, WI 53186 262-643-6292 info@prevailingwindgroup.com prevailingwindgroup.com Certification Number: 149 Tech: Small Wind

Brian Droege 5030 Nokomis Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55417 612-276-0151, 612-532-7410 bdroege@bitstream.net Certification Number: 186 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water Jim Erdman Creative Energy Consulting 1317 Meadow Hill Dr. Menomonie, WI 54751 715-235-8941 jiminwis@yahoo.com Certificate Number: 103 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Small Wind Brian Evans Associated Housewrights, LLC 1217 Culman St. Madison, WI 53713 608-345-7059 brian@housewrights.com www.housewrights.com Certification Number: 93 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water

Reed Fitton Oneota Solar Inspections 2236 Oil Well Rd. Decorah, IA 52101 563-379-1497 reed.fitton@gmail.com Certification Number: 193 Technology: Solar Electric Systems Peter Gephart 612-816-3565 peter.gephart@gmail.com Certification Number: 188 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Jason C. Gideon Energy Consultants Group, LLC 9635 230th Ave. Anamosa, IA 52205 319-462-5600, 319-481-9635 jason@ecgllp.com www.ecgllp.com Certificate Number: 196 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Mark Graham Solar Site Assessors, LLC PO Box 1048 Pearl River, NY 10965 845-735-4802 Certification Number: 176 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water John Gutschenritter 414-375-8610, 262-370-9303 Certification Number: 157 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water Ryan Harkins Thermal Design, Inc. 100 Business Park Circle, Suite 201 Stoughton, WI 53589 608-873-8170, 608-712-7862 ryanh@thermaldesign.com www.thermaldesign.com Certification Number: 175 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Small Wind

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mrea’s site assessor directory Bob Hattier Alternative Currents 4314 N Hamlin Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 773-960-8426 alternativecurrents@gmail.com Certification Number: 147 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Ben Hommen The Morse Group 1390 Gateway Blvd. Beloit, WI 53511 608-299-0170, 608-208-9046 bhommen@themorsegroup.com www.themorsegroup.com Certification Number: 179 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Randall Inhoff Unlimited Renewable Energies 801 13 St. Prairie Du Sac, WI 53578 608-644-0130 info@unltdre.com www.unltdre.com Certification Number: 158 Tech: Small Wind Alex Jarvis Solar Systems of Indiana 785 East Sample Rd. Bloomington, IN 47408 812-336-2785 solarindiana@yahoo.com www.solarsystemsofindiana.com Certificate Number: 60 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Brad Johnson N6587 County Rd. C Seymour, WI 54165 920-265-2598 bjohnson415@centurytel.net Certification Number: 156 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water

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Bryan Karel Garlock-French Corporation 2301 East 25th St. Minneapolis, MN 55406 612-722-7129 bkarel@garlock-french.com www.garlock-french.com Certification Number: 154 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Todd J. Lazich Dodge County Renewable Solutions, LLC N 4041 State Rd. 67 Neosho, WI 53059 414-708-7181 todd.lazich@jci.coM Certification Number: 146 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Josh Jon Kaurich H&H Solar Energy Services, Inc. 818 Post Rd. Madison, WI 53713 608-268-4315, 608-438-7354 jkaurich@hhsolar.org www.hhsolar.org Certification Number: 170 Tech: Small Wind

Ray Lehman Zone Products and Services St Paul, MN 651-271-7003 raylehman@hotmail.com Certification Number: 195 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Jack Kluempke Array Solar 12777 Meadowvale Rd. Elk River, MN 55330 763-241-1618, 320-224-0120 jkluempke@charter.net www.arraysolar.co Certification Number: 189 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water Kevin Kuderer Wehrs Electric, Inc. 707 N Mark St. West Salem, WI 54669 608-786-1310, 608-792-8537 kevkuderer@hotmail.com Certification Number: 161 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Mark Lydon Artisan Energy, LLC 2065 Country Rd. T Marshall, WI 53559 608-852-7742 mark@artisanenergy.com www.artisanenergy.com Certification Number: 142 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Tim Marcy 63418 Butterworth Rd. Ashland, WI 54806 715-416-0857 tpmarcy@hotmail.com Certification Number: 171 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Michelle L. Marley WindSolarUSA, Inc. 111 North Church St. Owaneco, IL 62555 217-825-4206 michelle@windsolarusa.com or marley2557@gmail.com www.windsolarusa.com Certification Number: 183 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water

Brian Marvin Krantz Electric, Inc. 2650 N Nine Mound Rd. Verona, WI 53593 608-845-9156 bmarvin@krantzelectricinc.com krantzelectricinc.com Certification Number: 162 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Rick Mortimer Magaw Electric 16055 W. Ryerson Rd. PO Box 510337 New Berlin, WI 53151 262-370-4413 rmortimer@magaw.com Certification Number: 89 Tech: Small Wind

Jonathan Nieuwsma CS2 Renewable Energy 1408 Dempster St. Evanston, IL 60202 312-546-4899 jonathan@cs2re.com www.cs2re.com Certification Number: 174 Tech: Small Wind

Nicholas Matthes Midwest Photovoltaics PO Box 070293 Milwaukee, WI 53207 414-573-8340 midwestpv@yahoo.com Certification Number: 143 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Ingrid Nahm Appleton Solar, LLC 31 Bellevue Pl. Appleton, WI 54913 920-470-6393 ingrid@appleton-solar.com www.appleton-solar.com Certification Number: 111 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Jason R. Novak SUNY Ulster One Development Ct. Kingston, NY 12401 845-616-1904 novak.jason@yahoo.com Certification Number: 184 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Joseph Abbott Maurer Next Step Energy, LLC 124 1/2 Graham Ave. Eau Claire, WI 55047 715-830-9337, 715-456-7157 joe@nextstepenergy.com www.nextstepenergy.com Certification Number: 166 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Warren B. McKenna Farmers Electric Cooperative – Kalona 1959 Yoder Ave. SW Kalona, IA 52247 319-683-2510, 319-325-7510 wmckenna@feckalona.com www.feckalona.com Certification Number: 177 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Mark Miller Mach 2 Solar N1145 Pines Rd. Fremont, WI 54940 920-303-1121 Mark@Mach2Solar.com Certification Number: 167 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Patrick Nahm Appleton Solar, LLC 31 Bellevue Pl. Appleton, WI 54913 920-470-6393 patrick@appleton-solar.com www.appleton-solar.com Certification Number: 102 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Kurt Nelson SOLutions P.O. Box 309 Cornucopia, WI 54827 715-742-3406, 715-209-0215 sunwiseanswers@gmail.com Certification Number: 12 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Robert Nelson P.O. Box 264 Cloquet, MN 55720 218-879-5521, 218-310-5521 bob.nelson@netzero.net Certification Number: 190 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water

Benjamin Nusz Artha Sustainable Living Center 9767 Cty Rd K. Amherst, WI 54406 715-281-4771 benjaminnusz@charter.net Certificate Number: 68 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water Zachary D. Olson Zach Olson Solar Assessments 520 8th Ave S. Apt. # 12 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495 715-560-0044 roohawk69@hotmail.com Certification Number: 173 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Ross Padlin Full Spectrum Solar 100 S. Baldwin St. Suite 101 Madison, WI 53703 608-284-9495 ross@fullspectrumsolar.com www.fullspectrumsolar.com Certificate Number: 94 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water

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mrea’s site assessor directory Dudley Parkinson WoodWeaver Building 220 7th St. East Hastings, MN 55033 715-377-5560 dudleyparkinson@me.com Certification Number: 194 Tech: Residential Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water Jon Passi Solar Alternatives S6263 N Lyster Ln. Readstown, WI 54652 608-632-4446, 608-632-4446 jon.passi@gmail.com Certification Number: 178 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water Thomas R. Piazza, CCM Murray and Trettel, Inc. 600 N. 1st Bank Dr. Palatine, IL 60067 847-934-8230, 630-899-0032 thomas.piazza@weathercommand. com www.weathercommand.com Certification Number: 182 Tech: Small Wind Jon J. Prigge EcoManity, LLC P.O. Box 285 Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 920-876-4020, 920-285-3464 jonprigge@yahoo.com www.eco-manity.com Certification Number: 153 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water

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Scott R. Randall Apex Solar 1025 Minnesota Blvd. SE Saint Cloud, MN 56304 320-259-4893, 320-259-4893 scott@apexsolar.co apexsolar.co Certification Number: 191 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water

Lee Schwartz Piping Plover Home Energy Solutions, LLC 3509 Strawberry Loop Middleton, WI 53562 608-826-HOME, 608-698-0120 lee@pipingploverenergy.com PipingPloverEnergy.com Certification Number: 144 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water

Bethany Reinholtz GDS Associates, Inc. 1487 Boyd St. Green Bay, WI 54301 608-354-0188, 920-246-8453 bethany.reinholtz@gdsassociates. com www.gdsassociates.com Certification Number: 168 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Neil Sheaffer Patriot Energy Assessments 12390 Broadgauge Rd. South Vienna, OH 45369 937-207-3525 patriotea@ymail.com Certificate Number: 198 Tech: Small Wind

Alarik (Rik) Rosenlund Midwest Solar Power, LLC 405 Bordner Dr. Madison, WI 53705 608-354-2063, 608-354-2063 rik@mwsolarpower.com mwsolarpower.com Certification Number: 148 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Lisa Schaal Sol Power and UrbanRe Vitalization Group, LLC 4249 N 18th St. Milwaukee, WI 53209 414-364-5422, 414-364-5422 LSCHAAL1@wi.rr.com www.urbanrevitalizationgroupllc. com Certification Number: 49 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Sam Simonetta Lean, Clean Energy N8363 Onota Hill Rd. Deerton, MI 49822 906-892-8504 L-CES@hotmail.com Certificate Number: 73 Tech: Small Wind Mark Smith Morgan Satellite & Electronics 8265 Schroeder Rd. Oconto Falls, WI 54154 920-490-1694 morgsat1@gmail.com Certification Number: 172 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Gary K. Sorrelle Atech Energy 150 Whiteside Dr. Oxford, PA 19363 800-785-5420, 610-368-5433 gsorrelle@AtechEnergy.com AtechEnergy.com Certification Number: 169 Tech: Small Wind

Michael Stapleton Door County Solar, LLC P.O. Box 401 Egg Harbor, WI 54209 920-495-1266 Mike@DoorCountySolar.com DoorCountySolar.com Certification Number: 160 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water

Greg Walthers gridLIFT, LLC 1300 W Belmont Ave. #221 Chicago, IL 60657 312-622-5773 gwalthers@gmail.com www.gridlift.com Certification Number: 145 Tech: Solar Domestic Hot Water

Clay Sterling Sterling Solar PO Box 312 Amherst, WI 54406 715-252-3368 sterlingsolarworks@gmail.com Certificate Number: 197 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Mark Warnick Full Spectrum Solar 100 South Baldwin St, Suite 109 Madison, WI 53703 608-284-9495 markw@fullspectrumsolar.com www.fullspectrumsolar.com Certificate Number: 7 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

Amy Taivalkoski ALT Energy & LED Lighting W231 N7458 E. Stoneridge Ct. Sussex, WI 53089 262-246-0795 altenergy@wi.rr.com Certification Number: 54 Tech: Solar Electric Systems, Small Wind

Laura West West Winds Renewable Resources, LLC 2611 Post Rd. Plover, WI 54467 715-498-7225 lauraannwest@gmail.com Certification Number: 95 Tech: Small Wind

Myron Smith Tanner Seventh Generation Energy Systems 100 South Baldwin, Ste. 308 Madison, WI 53703 608-333-7001, 608-516-5682 tanner@seventhgenergy.org www.seventhgenergy.org Certification Number: 151 Tech: Small Wind

Terry W. White A New Day 519 Catlin Ave. Superior, WI 54880 715-394-7328, 218-393-9418 twmillwhite@yahoo.com Certification Number: 42 Tech: Solar Electric Systems Edward C. Zinthefer Arch Electric W4499 Sumac Rd. Plymouth, WI 53073 920-893-8388 archelectric@excel.net www.archelectricllc.com Certification Number: 45 Tech: Solar Electric Systems

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