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reNEWS Newsletter of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association


Featuring What’s new in 2016: • Classroom, lab, and online courses • Professional Credential Pathways • Extended offerings with NESEA and HeatSpring

Take your Career to New Heights.

Take Advantage of the Many Programs and Services NABCEP has to Offer. Associate Level Programs Take the first step in launching your career in renewable energy.

Professional Certification Distinguish yourself and raise industry standards by certifying as a PV Installation Professional, PV Technical Sales Professional or Solar Heating Installer.

Company Accreditation Show that you and your company are committed to high-quality standards.

Annual Continuing Education Conference Earn Continuing Education Credits towards certification or recertification, and learn from top technical trainers.

NABCEP Career Center Post jobs, upload your resume and search for employment opportunities within the renewable energy field.

Resource Guides Stay current on technical information and industry best practices.

Visit nabcep.org or call (800) 654-0021 for more information.

Contents About the MREA What’s New Featured PV Courses Featured Solar Thermal Courses Featured Wind Courses Homebrew Wind Solar Training Academy Code Training Courses Solar University Network Online Courses & Partnerships Rise Up! Join the MREA MREA Sustaining Business Members Where are your classmates? MREA Professional Credentials MREA Recognized Training Providers NABCEP Professional Credentials Accreditation Continuing Education Credits NABCEP CECs at The 27th Energy Fair Solar Power Hoursm Advertiser Index

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MREA Custer

7558 Deer Rd. Custer, WI 54423 Tel: 715-592-6595 Fax: 715-592-6596 Email: info@midwestrenew.org

MREA Milwaukee 3628 W. Pierce St. Milwaukee, WI 53215 Tel. 414-988-7963

MREA Saint Paul

1754 University Ave. West Saint Paul, MN 55104 Tel. 651-789-5720

ReNews is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, processed chlorine-free and ancient forest friendly ReNews is a semiannual publication of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Submissions can be emailed to renews@midwestrenew.org Photo Credit: Doug Stingle



About the MREA

Board of Directors:

MREA Leadership:

Incorporated in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) organization shortly after the first annual Energy Fair. The Midwest Renewable energy Association promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.

President: Ed Stoll Wiscosolar, Milwaukee, WI 2016

Nick Hylla Executive Director

Vice-President: Benjamin Nusz Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 2017

Gina Miresse Communications Director

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 likeminded organizations, recognizing that we are stronger when we all work together for our common goals.

Travel Green MREA’s headquarters the ReNew the Earth Institute, is a green travel destination by Travel Green Wisconsin. The Energy Fair is a certified Travel Green event. To learn more about Travel Green visit: www.travelgreenwisconsin.com Tours available Mon.- Fri. at 11:00 a.m. or by appointment, for $3.00 a person. Visit our site during the Fall Wisconsin Solar Tour!

Clean Power MREA offsets 100% of its electricity through on-site wind and solar power.


Financial Officer: Gary L. Dreier, Esq. First Law Group, S.C., Stevens Point, WI 2017 Secretary: Jennifer Martin, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, IL 2016 Jason Edens, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, Pine River, MN 2016 Nathan Franklin, Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, WI 2017 Grace Fuhr, Childrens Hospital, Milwaukee, WI 2017 Bob Hattier, Alternative Currents, Chicago, IL 2016 Elizabeth Hittman, City of Milwaukee, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Milwaukee, WI 2016 Nick Hylla, MREA, Custer, WI Alissa Karl, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI 2016 John Kivlin, Convergence Energy, Lake Geneva, WI 2016 Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs, St. Paul, MN 2017 Pamela Ritger, Clean Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 2017

Doug Stingle Development Director Amiee Wetmore Operations Director

MREA Staff: Julie Brazeau: Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator Jane Cowan: Market Research Coordinator Sandy Crawford: Bookkeeper Devon Cupery: Outreach Coordinator Jenny Heinzen: Training Coordinator Kaitlyn Kohl: Communications Coordinator Allison Lindquist: Events Coordinator Dathan Lythgoe: Solar Program Coordinator Adam Mehr: Certificate Program Coordinator Peter Murphy: Market Development Coordinator Clay Sterling: Regional Training Officer Issac Trzebiatowski: I.T. Administrator Mike White: Site Manager

What’s NEW in 2016 Closure of one year and the birth of a new brings with it not only reflection and evaluation, but also brainstorming, strategizing, and planning. 2015 was a great year for training, and 2016 is going to be even better. We’ve got some new courses and formats to offer, while continuing to provide market-relevant, high-quality education in renewable energy and sustainable living.

So what’s new? Glad you asked. • “Navigating the NEC” a new, six-hour online course designed for the non-

electrician entering a renewable energy field, someone studying for a NABCEP exam, or anyone in need of a good refresher on how to use the National Electrical Code. It’s only $75 for MREA Members, and is scheduled four times in 2016.

• Revival of our “PV Math” course, with instructor and MREA Board Member Bob Hattier. This course will be held in Milwaukee, and has intentionally been scheduled two weeks before the spring NABCEP exams­­­—perfect for prepping.

• “Independent Study” courses for Recognized Training Partners (RTPs) who

want to offer the MREA’s Site Assessment and PV Design and Sales Certificates to their program students. PV 705 and PV 706 begin and end at anytime, and are 100% self-paced with no due dates or live webinars, which is ideal for busy instructors.

• “Face to Face PV” not one, but THREE offerings of our accredited and

recognized PV 101-201-202-301 course sequence at the MREA in Custer, WI. Get all of the PV training you need for entry-level knowledge in just eight days—in April, July, or October.

• “Hello, Iowa!” The Solar Training Academy is expanding its reach by offering

MREA courses in four locations, including a new site in Dubuque, Iowa. We’re also hosting the Solar Powering Iowa Conference on March 24, 2016.

PV, solar thermal, and small wind courses, more partnerships with organizations like “ More HeatSpring and NESEA for sustainable building education, more flexibility, more options, and more of what we do best at the MREA for 2016! ” -Jenny Heinzen MREA Training Coordinator



Featured Courses

NABCEP PV Entry Level Progression Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) This course teaches the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how PV systems work, identify system types, identify and describe components, discuss applications and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, and estimate system costs. • Available as a self-paced, four-week, online course with optional live webinars OR in a traditional classroom setting • Price: $90 (members), $110 (non-members)

NABCEP Photovoltaics Entry Level Program

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) Participants in this course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for analyzing the solar resource, calculating PV system performance, and researching available incentives. • Available as a self-paced, four-week, online course with optional live webinars OR in a traditional classroom setting • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent • Price: $250 (members), $270 (non-members)

PV System Design (PV 202) This course teaches the basic step-by-step process of designing a utility-interactive PV system. Example site assessments, PV system component design examples, and PV case studies will be used to learn about selecting equipment, system sizing, layout planning, array siting, and other design considerations. Heavy emphasis is placed on using the National Electrical Code. • Available as a self-paced, eight-week, online course with optional live webinars OR in a traditional classroom setting • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits • Required text books: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop (3rd ed.), and the 2011 or 2014 National Electrical Code • Price: $300 (members), $320 (non-members)

NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam Available in Custer, WI or Online For more information visit: www.midwestrenew.org/NABCEP


Photo Credit: Amiee Wetmore



In-Person Featured Courses

NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam Training in Two Weeks!

We are excited to offer face-to-face PV training

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101)

at the MREA in April, July, and October! Take the PV 101-201-202-301 accredited course progression in a classroom setting, and become eligible to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam in just two weeks.

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201)

“Acquiring NABCEP certification allows you to distinguish yourself from the competition. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners.”

PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301)

PV System Design (PV 202)


Visit www.midwestrenew.org/courses for the most current schedule. PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301)

Craig Buttke North Wind Renewable Energy

Craig manages solar electric system design, installation, and servicing activities for North Wind Renewable Energy and teaches PV installation courses with the MREA. He is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer, Journeyman Electrician, adjunct faculty at Mid-State Technical College, and has worked as a solar electric foreman in California.

This four-day course offers participants an advanced level of hands-on learning that will prepare them for field installations and other advanced courses. Participants will 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, existing PV arrays, and portable labs, participants will learn safety procedures, system design and layout, component selection and specifications, electrical and mechanical integration processes, and troubleshooting techniques related to designing and installing battery-based and interconnected PV systems. • Custer, WI • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV System Design (PV 202), or equivalent • Price: $700 (members), $720 (non-members)

-April 18-21, 2016 -July 20-23, 2016 -October 11-14, 2016

Register Online

midwestrenew.org/courses MREA Members receive a $20 discount on all MREA courses



Featured Courses PV Design and Sales

MREA Photovoltaic Design and Sales Certificate

PV Sales and Finance (PV 203) This course begins with participants learning various sales techniques used to approach potential PV system customers. Next, participants review basic financial concepts used to evaluate PV systems including cash flow analysis, return on investment, and present value of an investment. Then, participants learn how to determine the costs and benefits of PV system projects by using a financial spreadsheet model to evaluate utility bill savings, cash flow, payback period, financing options, and program incentives. Participants will be provided temporary access to leading industry financial modeling software to gain experience with a variety of modeling tools, and learn to evaluate PV systems in terms of benefits to the environment and society. The course concludes with a practice financial assessment of an example PV system that includes predetermined design and financial specifications. • Self-paced, four-week, online course with optional live webinars • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits • Price: $250 (members), $270 (non-members)

Alex Jarvis Solar Systems of Indiana Inc.

Alex installs solar electric systems, and teaches and writes about renewable energy. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University. He’s installed both gridtied and battery-based systems. Alex is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer and an MREA Certified PV and Solar Thermal Site Assessor.


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midwestrenew.org/courses MREA Members receive a $20 discount on all MREA courses

PV Math (PV 409) This eight-hour course will focus on reviewing the mathematical concepts and processes you need to know for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam. We’ll cover the full gamet of calucations required for a PV system design, using a combination of lecture and classroom activities. Extra practice and focus will be directed by the course participants in order to address their particular areas of concern. • Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV System Design (PV 202), or equivalent • Price: $230 (members), $250 (non-members)

PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations (PV-ST 411) This four-week online course covers the structural considerations involved in solar electric (PV) and solar thermal 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 considerations. • Material is presented during four live MANDATORY webinars • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) or Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101) or equivalent • Price: $230 (members), $250 (non-members)

Bob Hattier Alternative Currents, LLC

Bob is an MREA Board Member and a Supervising (Master) Electrician in Chicago where he specializes in renewable energy systems. He is both a NABCEP Certified PV Installer and a PV Technical Sales Professional. He teaches PV Systems, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, and Green Building for the MREA, IBEW Local 134, and the U.S. Green Building Council Illinois Chapter. Additionally he is a Project Manager and coowner of Alternative Currents, LLC, a Chicago-based renewable energy design and consultation company.

Andy DeRocher Sustainable Engineering Group

Andy is a Project Engineer for an engineering firm in Madison, Wisconsin, that specializes in energy efficiency, commissioning, and sustainable design services for commercial buildings. He has been working in the renewable energy industry since 2004 after receiving an education in civil engineering from UW-Madison. He is a licensed Master Plumber, NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer, and IREC Certified Instructor™ for Solar Heating Installer.



Featured Courses !


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Hands-On, Solar Hot Water Installation Training at the MREA

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101) Tuesday, May 10, 2016 and Friday, September 23, 2016

Solar Hot Water Installation Lab (ST 301) May 11-13, 2016

Mike White Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Solar Hot Water Installation Lab (ST 301)

In this three-day course, participants will learn the basics of how to properly install two types of solar domestic hot water systems suitable for northern climates. This hands-on workshop includes both theory and installation practice. Participants will work as a group to install both a drain-back and a pressurized, closed-loop system on a training roof.

Mike is responsible for the development of the MREA’s educational tools and equipment. He works closely with our instructors in developing our educational renewable energy systems, and he has his NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level certificate.

• May 11-13, 2016 in Custer, WI • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent

MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101)

This course teaches the basics of solar water heating systems. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water systems work, identify system components, explore applications and limitations of each system type, define the “solar window,” discuss hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads. • Available as a self-paced, four-week, online course with optional live webinars OR in a traditional classroom setting • Price: $90 (members), $110 (non-members)

Solar Thermal Site Assessor Training (ST 201)

This course teaches participants how to perform a solar thermal site assessment. Topics covered include: how to define a site’s solar window, interpreting solar radiation and temperature data, sizing a system, identifying appropriate system components, and determining the best location for collectors at a site. • Self-paced, four-week, online course with optional live webinars • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent • Price: $250 (members), $270 (non-members)


MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate

Advanced Solar Thermal Training Solar Space Heating Systems (ST 409) In this four-week online course, participants will learn the basics of liquid-based solar thermal space heating systems with an emphasis on northern climates. Presentations and discussions 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. • Friday, September 23, 2016 in Custer, WI • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent • Price: $230 (members), $250 (non-members)

Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design (ST 410) This eight-week 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 case study systems, including space heating, commercial, and process heat applications.

Cris Folk Madison College

Cris began teaching in 1982 for the U.S. Navy and has provided training ever since. He has been employed by Madison College since 1999, teaching electronics and industrial maintenance. He teaches PV and wind courses at the MREA, is an ISPQ Certified PV Instructor and has installation experience with solar thermal and photovoltaic systems.

• Material is presented during eight live MANDATORY webinars • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent • Price: $300 (members), $320 (non-members)

Benjamin Nusz Mid-State Technical College Mark Morgan Bearpaw Design and Construction

Mark has been building, installing, and teaching sustainable construction and renewable energy for over 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 Labs, and various Green Building courses at the MREA.

Ben has worked as an installer, site assessor, designer, and consultant for solar thermal systems. He is a NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer and co-author of the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems. Ben is the Renewable Thermal Instructor at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids.



Featured Courses

MREA Small Wind Site Assessment Certificate Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101) This course teaches the basics of small wind electric systems by defining wind energy and describing how residential wind energy systems work. Participants will identify system parts, discuss tower types and heights, examine the available power in the wind, and identify steps that improve a wind turbine’s performance.

MREA Small Wind Site Assessment Certificate

• Available as self-paced, four-week, online course with optional live webinars, or in a traditional classroom setting • Price: $90 (members), $110 (non-members) • Take it in person in one day during “Wind Week” on September 6, 2016 at MREA in Custer, WI!

Small Wind Site Assessor Training (W 201) Participants in this course will learn how to perform a site assessment for a small wind system at a residence, small farm, or similar rural location. 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 types for a site, and estimate energy output and range of costs for a chosen system. • Self-paced, four-week, online course with optional live webinars • Prerequisite: Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101) • Price: $250 (members), $270 (non-members)

Builders of high performance homes

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Featured Courses

“Wind Week” at the MREA! Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101) Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety (W 307) Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wind System Repair and Maintenance (W401) Thursday- Friday, September 8-9, 2016

What comes after Labor Day? “Wind Week” at MREA! Spend

a week learning, climbing, and repairing small wind energy systems right here at the MREA in Custer, WI. Get face-to-face with instructors, valuable hands-on training, and the view’s not bad either.

Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety (W 307) This one-day course will focus on the fundamentals of tower climbing and safety. Participants will learn about 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 the classroom.

Jenny Heinzen Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Jenny is the MREA Training Coordinator and is a licensed Master Electrician in Wisconsin. She has a strong background in wind energy and also teaches some introductory PV courses and facilitates all of the MREA’s online courses. She’s on the Board of Directors for RENEW Wisconsin, participates in NABCEP committees, and helps run the annual Small Wind Conference in Stevens Point. She holds a degree in Career and Technical Education and studied Environmental Science and Policy at UW-Green Bay.

• September 7, 2016 in Custer, WI • Price: $250 (members), $270 (non-members)

Wind Turbine Repair and Maintenance (W 401) Participants in this two-day course will perform repairs and preventive maintenance on the three MREA wind energy systems. This is a working course that includes tower climbing using safe work practices and proper fall protection. • September 8-9, in Custer, WI • Prerequisites: Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101) and Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety (W 307), or equivalent • Price: $380 (members), $400 (non-members)

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Brandon Naylor Tower Technologies, LLC Unlimited Renewable Energies

Brandon is the owner of Tower Technologies, LLC, which he formed in 2002 to service the wind and communication tower industries. Brandon is certified as a ComTrain Tower Safety and Rescue Instructor, Crosby Rigging Instructor, and OSHA authorized instructor for 30- and 10-hour courses. Brandon currently teaches Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety and co-teaches additional renewable energy courses at the MREA.



Featured Courses Build your own wind turbine from scratch!

Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction (W 306) Attractive to tradespeople, educators, and the general public because of its multi-disciplinary nature (math, physics, electricity, woodworking, metal fabrication, welding, etc.), this course is hands-on training for designing and building a wind turbine. Participants will learn the principles of wind turbine design, safe and sturdy construction techniques, and requirements regarding towers, balance of system, troubleshooting, and maintenance. • June 6-11, 2016 in Stevens Point, WI • Price: $800 (members), $820 (non-members)

Dan Bartmann Otherpower

Dan Bartmann has lived off-grid in the Colorado Mountains since age three. He is the founder of Otherpower.com and co-author of Homebrew Wind Power. His articles and photographs have appeared in magazines like Home Power and Back Home, and his innovative small wind turbine designs have achieved worldwide recognition. Dan teaches and consults regularly across the U.S. and internationally for NGOs, educators, and homeowners.

2015 Homebrew Wind student David Weaks checks for properly tightened fasteners on the newly-assembled rotor of the 12’ wind turbine made in class. The machine is now flying in North Carolina.

Photo Credit: Jenny Heinzen

“The MREA’s Homebrew Wind Workshop is one of the best training experiences I’ve ever had, anywhere, ever. If you’re interested in learning how to build your own wind generator, the right way; or, if you’re just interested in learning about small-wind energy technology, this is a must-take workshop.” -Tim Wilhelm Kankakee Community College, IL


ŠOrganic Valley 2015-12000

Organic Valley dairy farmers like the Polich family believe in the importance of providing healthy, local, organic dairy products for the communities they live in. For more than 25 years, our farmer-owned cooperative has been committed to producing nutritious, organic products in harmony with the earth and with respect for animals. Learn more about our mission at OrganicValley.coop.


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Polich Family Farm One of our more than 750 Midwest farmer-members.

MREA Solar Training Academy

Completed Training qualifies students to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate Exam, and MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate Exam. Course Description

The MREA’s Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that will walk students through the PV design and installation process. The format of the Solar Training Academy will be MREA’s class progression that will include Basic Photovoltaics, PV Site Assessor, Intermediate PV, PV Design Lab, and PV Sales and Finance.


Classes will be held one weekend each month beginning in January and concluding in early May. Topics of this training will cover PV equipment selection, utility inter-tied and battery-based systems, batteries, mechanical and electrical integration, PV design, PV residential site assessment, National Electric Code, system commissioning, and solar financials. Participation in the Solar Training Academy will also include opportunities to meet with professionals in the solar industry. Classes are one weekend a month, Saturday and Sunday, from January to May.

Twin Cities

The focus of the MN, IA, and IL Academies is on the design process, how to completely design a code compliant system. The focus of the Milwaukee Academy is on the installation process. This class will decommission and reinstall a solar electric system on our training roof in Milwaukee.

Normal, IL

Training follows the MREA class progression: Basic PV (PV 101), PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), Intermediate PV (PV 205), PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301), and PV Sales and Finance (PV 203). Upon successful completion of the Solar Training Academy, students will qualify for: • Completion of 63 hours of classroom training for NABCEP PV Installation and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional • Sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam • Sit for the MREA PV Site Assessor Exam* • Sit for the MREA PV Design and Sales Exam** To sit for the MREA PV Site Assessor Exam, students will need to complete two practice site assessments outside of class.

To sit for the MREA PV Design and Sales Exam, students must complete one design proposal outside of class.


Dubuque, Normal IL IA

MREA Solar Training Academy MREA Photovoltaic Professional Credentialing Pathways

Required Course Materials • • • •

Pencil and paper Calculator Lunch Safety glasses

Prerequisites • None


• Members $2,200 • Non-members $2,250 (includes MREA membership) • Price includes textbook, learning materials, instruction, NABCEP Entry Level Exam fee, MREA Site Assessor and PV Design and Sales exam fee, and Site Assessor and PV Design and Sales Tech Mentoring.

Learn More: Visit midwestrenew.org/courses or contact Clay at clays@midwestrenew.org 715-592-6595 ext. 110

Clay Sterling Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Clay has been instructing both PV and wind courses at the MREA for over fifteen years and is an IREC Certified Instructor™ for PV Installation Professional, and Small Wind Installer. 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 Non-Formal Energy Educator of the Year. Clay also received the 2013 IREC 3i Clean Energy Trainer of the year award.



MREA Solar Training Academy Success What happens after you complete the Solar Training Academy? An interview with STA alumni Barbara Sogn-Frank.

Barbara is an alumni of the 2015 Solar Training Academy in Cottage Grove, MN. Upon completion of STA she went on to secure a job as Sales Manager with Able Energy. We’ve asked Barbara to share her experience with potential students thinking about registering for the Solar Training Academy or pursing a career in renewable energy. Barbara Sogn-Frank Sales Manager, Able Energy STA Alum, January-May 2015

What made you want to start

How did you hear about

a career in renewable energy? MREA? I’d been concerned about the At least a dozen years ago, I environment and humanity’s heard about the MREA Energy destructive impact on it for Fair somewhere, and we most of my life, but something attended it a few times. My in my head and heart just husband and I also attended snapped when I listened to an an MREA solar workshop in interview with Josh Fox who Milwaukee one weekend, years did the “Gasland” documentary ago. in spring of 2010. At the time I heard that interview, oil “I wanted to be part of was still gushing into the Gulf almost a month after the Deep the wave of people working on making saner, healthierWater Horizon explosion. That for-life-on-planet-earth was it. I knew I had to figure out how to stop being a captive choices for communities, consumer of fossil fuels and present and future. that I wanted to be part of the wave of people working on How was MREA instrumental making saner, healthier-forin starting your career in life-on-planet-earth choices renewable energy? for communities, present and MREA’s Solar Training Academy future.


gave me a solid foundation in order to be a good candidate for work in the solar industry.

What was helpful about the

training? Everything! MREA has created great quality coursework and a team of superb staff and instructors who know their stuff and enthusiastically share that knowledge.

What was your favorite thing

about MREA training? Kris Schmid was a great instructor with a clear, goodnatured communication style. He was great at making the material understandable and relevant for everyone—from those with technical and electrical backgrounds, to students like me for whom much

Would you recommend MREA

training to others? If so, why? I would absolutely recommend that anyone who is even just a bit curious about renewable energy attend MREA training. Why? Because that curiosity is the future whispering to you. And I’m confident that any time and resources you invest in training with MREA will be well worth it for you, whether you apply your new understanding to a job, or to the way you manage energy for your household and life overall.

What is your favorite part

about having a career in renewable energy? I’ve had a great life thus far with much to be really, really thankful for….but honestly, the opportunity to be working to get more solar up and running for families, farms, businesses, and communities makes me feel absolutely electric! I finally feel like I’m living on purpose.

“MREA has created great

quality coursework and a team of superb staff and instructors who know their stuff and enthusiastically share that knowledge.

of the subject matter is way out of my wheelhouse (or was anyway!) It was fun meeting, getting to know, and being part of the community with other students in the course.

Where do you see careers in

renewable energy heading in terms of growth in the Midwest? From what I’m reading and what I see entering this industry—the demand for qualified solar and other renewable energy professionals is only going to increase—and quickly.

What words of advice would

you give to those thinking about or currently pursuing a career in renewable energy? Dive in! Apply your excellent brain and heart to soaking up all the experience and knowledge you can and then let your lil’ light shine, eh!


Learn More: Visit midwestrenew.org/courses or contact Clay: clays@midwestrenew.org or 715-592-6595 ext. 110 for more information and to register



MREA Code Training Courses

Many of these courses are approved for continuing education credits with state licensing agencies for electricians and inspectors throughout the Midwest, and credits can be obtained upon request with ample lead-time (30-60 days). Contact jennyh@midwestrenew.org or julieb@midwestrenew.org for more information.

Navigating the National Electrical Code (G110)

This six-hour online course introduces learners to the National Electrical Code. Designed for first-time users and beginning or non-electricians, this course explores the layout, format, and language of the Code. Participants will become familiar with the contents of the NEC by exploring Chapters, Articles, and Tables, and will learn how to effectively navigate the NEC.

2014 National Electrical Code Update for PV (PV 614)

This four-hour class concentrates on changes made to the 2014 NEC, beginning with code reorganization and new definitions. The new “Rapid Shutdown” requirement will be discussed at length, along with changes in labeling, the new 1000-Volt limit for PV systems, as well as evolving grid interconnection requirements in Article 705. • Approved for 4 NABCEP continuing education credits

Julie Brazeau Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Julie Brazeau is a WI Master Electrician, WI Commercial Electrical Inspector and NABCEP Certified PV Installer. She is an IREC Certified Instructor™ for Photovoltaics. As the Instructor Development Coordinator at the MREA, Julie works with PV trainers from training organizations across the Midwest.

NEC Requirements for PV Systems (PV 616)

This six-hour course reviews 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for PV systems, paying particular attention to Articles 690 and 705. This course is designed for code officials as well as PV installation professionals, and covers PV equipment listing and labeling requirements, circuit calculations, wiring methods, grounding, over-current protection, system labeling requirements, and common code violations. • Approved for 6 NABCEP continuing education credits

Inspecting PV Systems

Upon request and at special events, the MREA also offers NEC PV training in two, three, and four-hour increments for electricians and inspectors: • PV 602 (2 hours) • PV 603 (3 hours) • PV 604 (4 hours) • Approved for 4 NABCEP continuing education credits

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MREA Code Training For Installers, Electricians, and Inspectors

Code officials will encounter a wide variety of PV equipment, system types, and installation practices when permitting and inspecting PV installations. The MREA offers two-, three-, four-, or six-hour code classes that will keep Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) up to date on new and evolving code requirements. Through partnerships with training organizations and code official associations in seven states, the MREA has already reached over 300 electrical inspectors around the Midwest. Consistent communication between PV installers and code officials can reduce the “soft costs” of installation associated with permitting and inspecting processes. Designed for installers, electricians, and inspectors, MREA code classes will give PV professionals the tools they need to streamline permitting processes, install code compliant PV systems, and avoid costly mistakes. MREA code courses are recognized for continuing education credit hours by many Midwest state licensing agencies as well as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Join us for our scheduled classes in 2016, or contact Julie Brazeau at julieb@midwestrenew.org to arrange for training at your jurisdictional meetings.

Customized Training

MREA delivers high-quality on-site training throughout the Midwest. Your organization can hire the MREA to deliver its IREC-accredited training at your facility. Business training requests continue to increase as renewable energy becomes more competitive with traditional sources of electrical power generation. The MREA offers customized training to businesses, organizations, and community and technical colleges that want to train their staff, so they can provide aspiring renewable energy professionals a slate of services and programs locally. Our services include delivery of the full suite of the MREA’s IREC-accredited curriculum for PV and solar thermal courses and programs, as well as training lab development at your facility. In addition, the MREA offers Instructor Institutes (train-the-trainer courses) for training facilities looking to build solar programs at their institutions. For more information on how the MREA can provide training for your business or institution, visit us online at: www.midwestrenew.org/customizedtraining or contact Clay at clays@midwestrenew.org.

Past 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 of West Virginia – Parkersburg; Werner Electric Supply in Wisconsin and Minnesota; and Van Meter Electric Supply in Iowa.




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Solar University Network Empowering Campuses to Go Solar

Thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways program, the MREA is partnering with four universities in the Midwest to help them develop roadmaps for deploying and investing in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy resources. US colleges and universities are going solar. More than 300 campuses nationwide have made investments, including fully-owned systems on buildings, open land, and parking structures and longterm power purchase agreements from large PV generation facilities. With nearly $500 billion dollars in foundation investments, US universities represent a large potential market for PV investment. To help universities take advantage of this growing investment opportunity, the MREA is working with the University of Minnesota, Illinois State University, Purdue University, and Missouri University of Science & Technology to create PV Development Roadmaps leading to more than a megawatt of solar investment at each institution. The MREA is supporting Campus Solar Deployment Teams lead by graduate students at each university. These teams are conducting site assessments, building stakeholder maps, modeling project finance, and developing proposals for consideration by their respective governance boards; all as part of a pilot course being developed by MREA to be made available to universities across the country in 2016. As part of this effort, MREA is also offering free Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) and PV Site Assessment (PV 201) online courses to student as participating universities and hosting a series of site visits and professional development events through the Solar University Network (SUN). For more information, visit www.solarendowment.org.



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Online Course Partnerships Bringing you more education options with HeatSpring and NESEA The MREA has begun partnering with two like-minded “sister” organizations to offer online courses that complement our mission, vision, style, and audience. They are courses that we believe MREA Members will find valuable and relevant, as they pertain to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living. HeatSpring, based in Ann Arbor, MI, offers an extremely wide variety of online courses in cooperation with a number of organizations. The MREA partners with HeatSpring to offer Batteries in Solar PV Systems, a six-week course taught by MREA founding member and long-time instructor Chris LaForge. The course ran twice in 2015, and will continue to be offered in 2016. The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) was founded over 40 years ago, and is headquartered in Greenfield, MA. Their mission is “to advance the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment,” and they achieve this in part by offering online courses. The MREA partnered with NESEA in 2015 to offer Building Energy Analytics, Deep Energy Retrofits, and Passive House Design.

Look for these courses and more in 2016 by visiting our course schedule at midwestrenew.org/courses.

Batteries for Solar PV Systems

PV systems that employ batteries require significant design considerations. Whether using batteries to back up your utility grid or as the basis of a standalone, off-grid system, choosing the correct battery and sizing it correctly is challenging. This course provides in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for PV applications. It covers battery design, specification, use, and maintenance. This online course is offered in partnership with HeatSpring and is taught by MREA instructor and founding member Chris LaForge. • Approved for 12 NABCEP Continuing Education Credits • Price: $895


Chris LaForge Great Northern Solar

Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and is a NABCEP certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional. He has been an instructor with the MREA since 1993, teaching Advanced PV Design and Installation and is an IREC Certified Master Trainer™ for PV Installation Professional. Christopher was the primary curriculum developer for the MREA PV courses at the organization’s inception.

On-Demand Courses

Online and free for MREA Members

We have seven online, informational courses that are completely self-paced and available anytime. They contain no assignments, quizzes, or webinars, and require no instructor interaction. Best of all they’re FREE for MREA Members and only $20 for non-members! Introduction to Renewable Energy Addresses what renewable energy is, how it works, and what it can do for you. Topics include passive solar design, solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, wind energy systems, biomass, biofuels, hydro, and geothermal power. Solar Electricity Introduces the concept and definition of solar electricity (PV), describes how PV systems work, and shows how PV systems can add to the value of a home or business. Solar Water Heating Introduces the concept of solar heating, discusses the basic definitions of solar water and air heating, how solar heating systems work, and how solar heating systems can add to the value of any home or business. Trends in the Solar Energy Marketplace Provides information and instructional resources to help convey trends in the solar energy marketplace, with focus on trends in the Midwest—in installed capacity, market penetration scenarios, the value of renewable energy, and incentives. Understanding Stray Voltage Defines and explains “stray voltage” as it pertains to agricultural wiring and renewable energy systems. Reviews basic electrical properties and terms, and applies that to grid electricity and distributed generation on the farm. Wind Electricity Introduces the concept of wind power, discusses the basic components of wind turbines, how small wind energy systems work, and how wind turbines can add to the value of a home or business. Working with Electricity Gives an overview of electrical theory, Ohm’s Law, power formulas, series/parallel circuit configurations, common electrical tools, and how to safely and accurately measure electricity. RISE UP! Join MREA at www.midwestrenew.org/join Register for On-Demand courses at www.midewestrenew.org/courses



Rise Up! Join the MREA

Your membership helps us host The Energy Fair, Wisconsin Solar Tour, Grow Solar Conferences, Solar Power Hourssm, and hold year-round trainings and courses at an affordable price. Not to mention you receive amazing MREA membership benefits!

PERSONAL MEMBERSHIP BASIC • FREE admission to The Energy Fair • FREE enrollment in MREA online, on-demand intro courses • $20 off additional MREA courses • 10% off MREA Marketplace • Voting privileges at Board elections • Monthly electronic newsletter eReNews ($35-$70 value) • Semiannual newsletter, ReNews • Window decal/bumper sticker

EMPOWERED • Basic Benefits, plus • 1-year subscription to Home Power, Mother Earth News, or Mother Earth Living ($25 value) • MREA annual Energy Fair organic cotton t-shirt made in USA ($20 value)

Individual: $80 Family: $100

Student/Senior: $30 Individual: $50 Family: $70

LIFETIME • Basic Benefits, plus • Lifetime admission to The Energy Fair and pre-Fair Networking Dinner ($50-$100 value each year) • Exclusive MREA glass tumbler ($15 value) • Lifetime Member Certificate for framing • MREA annual Energy Fair organic cotton t-shirt made in USA FREE for first year ($20 value)

Individual: $500 Family: $750


• Admission for two to The Energy Fair ($70 Value) • Company mention in monthly electronic newsletter, eReNews • Exclusive MREA Business Member logo • FREE listing and link on MREA online Business Directory ($125 value) • FREE enrollment in MREA online, on-demand intro courses for two employees • Discount on MREA courses for two employees ($20 off each course

Non-Profit: $75 Private: $125


PREMIER • Basic Benefits, plus • Discounted booth rates at The Energy Fair ($100)

Private: $200


• Premier Benefits, plus • Featured listing on MREA online Business Directory, and printed newsletters ($75 value)

Private: $500

JOIN: mail in the tear out, sign up online at midwestrenew.org/join, or contact Gina Miresse: Tel. 715-592-6595 ext. 113 Email: ginam@midwestrenew.org


• Green Business Benefits, plus • Discounted advertising in ReNews ($75 discount on Annual Rate) • Company logo and link published on MREA website homepage, ReNews, and eReNews ($400 value)

Non-Profit: $750 Private: $1000 PATHFINDER

• Sustaining Benefits, plus • FREE booth at The Energy Fair ($900 value) • FREE one-page ad in all issues of ReNews ($1800 value)

Private: $5000

SUSTAINING BUSINESS MEMBERS Accurate-Airtight Exteriors, LLC Winneconne, WI a-aexteriors.com

Home Power Magazine Ashland, OR homepower.com

Werner Electric Supply Neenah, WI wernerelectric.com

American Transmission Co. Madison, WI atcllc.com

Ingeteam, Inc. Milwaukee, WI ingeteam.com

Wisconsin Public Service Corp. Green Bay, WI wisconsinpublicservice.com

Carr Creek Electric Services, LLC Woodville, WI carrcreekelectricservices.com

North Wind Renewable Energy, LLC Stevens Point, WI northwindre.com

Central Waters Brewing Co. Amherst, WI centralwaters.com

Organic Valley Family of Farms La Farge, WI organicvalley.coop

Conserve School Land O Lakes, WI conserveschool.org

RENEW Wisconsin Madison, WI renewwisconsin.org

Dairyland Power/Touchstone Energy Cooperatives La Crosse, WI dairynet.com

Solar Pro Magazine Ashland, OR solarprofessional.com

Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI fvtc.edu Gimme Shelter Construction Amherst, WI gimmeshelteronline.com

GROW SOLAR MEMBERS Central Illinois Wind and Solar Mount Pulaski, IL ciwindsolar.com Energy Law Wisconsin Sun Prairie, WI energylawwisconsin.com

Unlimited Renewable Energies Prairie Du Sac, WI unltdre.com US Solar Mounts Corp. Sparta, WI ussolarmounts.us

Magitek Energy Solutions, Inc. Johnsburg, IL magitekenergy.com Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, MI www.nmc.edu RBI Solar, Inc. Cincinnati, OH www.www.rbisolar.com

Join our growing list of Members! Show that you and your business support renewable energy and sustainable living in the Midwest. Rise up and make a difference; join the MREA today! Mail in the membership sign up below. For a complete list of business member levels and benefits, visit midwestrenew.org/join.

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MREA Professional Credentials

Courses at the MREA are based on industry-approved task analyses, and are designed to satisfy the competencies and learning objectives listed for exams, licenses, certificates, and certifications available to renewable energy professionals. The MREA Professional Certificate Programs provide a valuable foundation for professionals in the growing field of renewable energy.

MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program The MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessment and consumer education. The MREA trains renewable energy site assessors in the following residential technologies: photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal, and small wind. The MREA’s Site Assessment Certificate Program is accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

The MREA Site Assessor Certificate provides skills training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or small 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 system. Site assessors also estimate system production and costs, and identify available incentives and financing options.

Those who become trained PV site assessors by successfully completing the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program are eligible for 18 NABCEP continuing education credits. For more information on the MREA’s Site Assessment Certificate Program, visit mreacertificate.org. If you’re looking for a trained site assessor to come to your site, visit our directory at siteassessor.org.


MREA Professional Credentials

MREA Photovoltaic Design and Sales Certificate Program The MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate is for learners interested in PV system design, ethical presentation, and accurate analysis and projections of the energy, environmental, and financial performance of PV systems. Learners interested in careers such as inside or outside sales person, application engineer, financial or performance analyst, or site assessor should consider MREA's PV Design and Sales Certificate. This certificate can then be used to meet the educational competencies for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification. Learn more at www.mreacertificate.org.

MREA Photovoltaic Professional Credentialing Pathways

Learn More: Contact Adam Mehr adamm@midwestrenew.org 715-592-6595 ext. 106



Become an MREA Recognized Training Provider PV Site Assessment Certificate

The MREA works with Partnering Institutions (PIs) and Recognized Training Providers (RTPs) to offer MREA curriculum to students enrolled in a renewable energy course or program at an approved educational facility. If you are interested in becoming an RTP for the MREA’s IREC-accredited Certificate Program, visit www.mreacertificate.org.

Solar Site Assessment Instructor Institute (PV 705) This Independent Study course is a requirement for instructors who wish to offer the MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate at their institutions. In this course, instructors will review teaching materials and resources related to site analysis, customer interviews, site evaluation, system placement, shading analysis, and financial analysis. Instructors will focus on the technical evaluation skills required to be a technical mentor for their students’ practice reports using the MREA PV Site Assessment template, directions, and grading rubric, as well as administration of the program using the MREA online learning platform. Eligible instructors must have completed at least one of their two practice site assessment reports before taking this course. Successful completion of PV 705, the submission and mentoring of two practice reports, and a passing grade on the exam will qualify instructors as an MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate Recognized Training Provider. Instructors must sign a Letter of Agreement, and pay a $300 fee every three years. Adam Mehr MREA Certificate Program Coordinator Adam coordinates the MREA’s Site Assessment and PV Design & Sales certificate programs. Contact him for more information regarding MREA’s RTP program, Certificates, and NABCEP Entry Level Exam. Email: adamm@midwestrenew.org Tel: 715-592-6595 ext. 106


MREA Photovoltaic Site Assessment Certificate Recognized Training Provider

Become an MREA Recognized Training Provider PV Design and Sales Certificate

PV Design and Sales Instruction (PV 706) This Independent Study online course is a requirement for instructors interested in teaching MREA’s Photovoltaic Design and Sales Certificate Program at their institution. Students will learn to apply tech mentoring tools and methods to assess technical design and sales proposals. This course covers instructional materials and tech mentoring strategies, as well as procedures and policies for completing the MREA’s PV Design and Sales Certificate Program. To become a Recognized Training Provider and offer MREA’s PV Design and Sales Certificate Program at their institution, instructors are required to hold a current MREA’s PV Design and Sales Certificate, sign a Letter of Agreement, and pay a $300 fee. Recognized Training Provider status is valid for three years.

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NABCEP Professional Credentials National Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) 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 solar heating. For more information about Entry Level Programs and Certifications available through NABCEP, visit nabcep.org.

PV Entry Level Program The NABCEP PV Entry Level Program is designed for individuals who want to get into the PV field. Achievement of the NABCEP PV 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 PV systems. The MREA is a registered NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam Provider. Those who successfully complete Basic PV (PV 101), PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), and PV System Design (PV 202) or the MREA Solar Training Academy—are eligible to take the two-hour exam, either at an approved MREA training facility or online.

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NABCEP Photovoltaics Entry Level Program

NABCEP Professional Credentials

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PV Installation Professional Certification, NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification, and Solar Heating Installer Certification

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional, PV Technical Sales, and Solar Heating Installer certifications are voluntary certifications that provide a set of national standards by which solar professionals with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving a credential for judging the competency of practitioners. For more information about Entry Level Programs and Certifications available through NABCEP, visit nabcep.org.

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In the 1990s, experts in the fields of renewable energy, education, training, and accreditation worked to create ISPQ Standard 01022:2011, which laid out the requirements for training programs and the certification of trainers in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed generation fields. In 2013, the Standard was revised to more clearly differentiate between accreditation (the organization) and certification (the person). IREC Standard 01023 addresses accreditation of training providers, while Standard 01024 pertains to instructors.

• Solar Thermal Site Assessor Training (ST 201) • Solar Hot Water Installation Lab (ST 301) • Solar Space Heating Systems (ST 409) • Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design (ST 410) In addition to our accreditation, many MREA instructors have received their Instructor or Master Trainer certification through IREC (formerly ISPQ). In 2012, the MREA’s Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate Programs received accreditation under IREC for training/education programs within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

The MREA is an IREC Accredited Training Provider that provides courses and programs for PV and solar heating professionals. The following MREA courses are accredited by IREC: • Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) • PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) • PV System Design (PV 202) • PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301) • Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101)

The MREA was one of the first three organizations in the country to earn this accreditation.

Learn from the Best MREA is IREC-accredited. That tells you they offer the highest quality clean energy training. And it ensures that the training you receive matches employer needs. IREC and MREA — a winning formula!




Continuing Education Credits Many MREA courses are recognized for continuing education credits (CECs) for industry experts, tradesmen and women, and other licensed professionals and credential holders. Our courses are based on industry-approved task analyses and are designed to satisfy the competencies listed and required for professional credentials. North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) recognizes training provided by accredited institutions like the MREA for PV, solar thermal, and small wind technologies. The MREA is a Registered NABCEP Continuing Education Provider for the following NABCEP certifications: • PV Installation Professional • PV Technical Sales • Solar Heating Installer • Small Wind Installer

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Get your CECs at The Energy Fair! June 17-19, 2016

State Licensing Agencies for Electricians, Plumbers, Inspectors, and Construction Trades Iowa Department of Public Safety and Health PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) and Solar Thermal Site Assessor Training (ST 201) are approved by the Dept. of Public Safety (Electrical) and Health (Plumbing, HVAC, and Hydronics) for continuing education. See dps.state.ia.us and idph.state.ia.us to learn more. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry PV System Design (PV 202), Intermediate PV (PV 205), and 2014 NEC Update for PV (PV 614) are approved for CECs with the MN Dept. of Labor and Industry, and more are underway for 2016. Visit dli.mn.gov for more information. Ohio Department of Commerce PV Training for Code Officials (PV 606) is approved for six hours of continuing education for Building Officials, Examiners, and Inspectors with the state. To learn more, see com.ohio.gov. Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Many MREA courses are approved for CECs for Wisconsin electricians, plumbers, inspectors, and contractors. For more information, visit www.dsps.wi.gov. 36

NABCEP CECs at The Energy Fair You’ve worked hard to receive your NABCEP certification. Congratulations! The MREA can help you maintain your commitment to quality credentialing with CECs at The Energy Fair. Attend our Solar Professional Workshops and earn up to 15—20 hours of Solar PV and Solar Heating CECs. Find a variety of solar workshops at The Energy Fair, from basic to advanced topics. Solar Professional workshops are recoginzed by NABCEP and best of all they are free! The 27th Annual Energy Fair will be held June 17-19, 2016 in Custer, WI where all continuing education classes are free with the price of admission. It’s a great place to network with industry professionals, secure your CECs, and enjoy the fun Fair offerings. “I absolutely loved having the CECs during the Fair. It allowed me to get a bunch of NABCEP credits while I was already going to be there. CECs are important really for two reasons, they keep you up to date on products, codes, etc. and it gets you the credits needed to keep your license/certifications.” Solar Professional Workshops brought to you by:

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• Facilitate permitting process improvements • Facilitate adoption of model planning and zoning rules • Support the development of model solar finance programs • Engage utility groups with model practices to improve interconnection processes • Improve interconnection and net metering standards • Engage stakeholders and share resources • Support local market development efforts

Grow Solar In August of 2014, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) launched the Midwest Grow Solar Partnership with support from the US Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative. The partnership is a regional effort to help lessen the installed cost of solar PV systems by reducing the time and cost of approvals, modernizing interconnection requirements, supporting local market development efforts, and advancing model project finance arrangements that show strong potential for replication. Visit GrowSolar.org to access resources and learn about midwest solar success stories. Follow Grow Solar on facebook and Twitter @GrowSolarMidwst


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The Solar Power HourSM provides consumer education that promotes community-based solar market development. The continually free, one-hour seminar occurs throughout the Midwest as part of Grow Solar, a Midwest partnership for solar advancement led by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and funded by the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The Solar Power HourSM explains how a photovoltaics (PV) system works, what to expect from a site assessment, potential cost and return on investment, qualified installers in the area, and available financial incentives. The Solar Power HourSM streamlines the first step towards solar adoption for homes, businesses, and municipal buildings by delivering important educational information and connecting consumers to qualified professionals. As of 2015, the MREA has partnered with communities and stakeholders to host numerous Solar Power HoursSM all over Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. If you are interested in solar, explore the Solar Power HourSM Guide at GrowSolar.org/powerpack and look for a Solar Power HourSM coming to an area near you. Does your community have a high interest in solar? Request a Solar Power HourSM. Contact MREA’s Peter Murphy at peterm@midwestrenew.org.





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March 23-24 2016 The Hotel at Kirkwood Center Cedar Rapids, Iowa BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER Solar Powering Iowa will engage utilities, policy makers, lenders, developers & contractors, local governments, and training & workforce development professionals to help them define opportunities in the solar market and access resources and networks to advance projects. The conference will be packed with an energizing mix of large-group speakers, breakout sessions, regional and national keynotes, and networking time.

AND BUILDING CAPACITY With a full day of professional training on Wednesday, March 23rd, participants can earn Continuing Education Credits while learning about PV system design, National Electric Code updates, PV system inspection, PV Sales and Finance, and a suite of product-specific trainings.

TO GROW SOLAR IN IOWA Strengthened net metering rules, third party ownership, solar-ready communities, shared solar, on-bill financing for efficiency and renewables, utility solar deployment, the Clean Power Plan‌ Join us in discussing how homes, businesses, communities, and their utilities can take advantage of these opportunities to grow solar in Iowa.

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SAFER certification (Safe: Access, Fall protection, Evacuation and Rescue) • Wind Turbine SAFER is geared toward large wind technicians working on large, megawatt monopole wind turbines. • Tower Climber SAFER is geared toward residential wind, communications tower and meteorological lattice tower workers. Program exceeds the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection training standard. gotoltc.edu

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Training Catalog 2016  

The Training Catalog contains the year’s MREA curriculum, new course offerings, initiatives, and lists options for professional growth. It p...

Training Catalog 2016  

The Training Catalog contains the year’s MREA curriculum, new course offerings, initiatives, and lists options for professional growth. It p...