Newsletter of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Students perform a hands-on solar PV installation as part of MREA’s PV Design and Installation Lab.
FEATURING • V.A. Approved Courses • 2017 NEC Updates • Workforce Development • NABCEP Associate Program
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.
Moving Renewable Energy Education Forward A letter from Training Coordinator Jenny Heinzen
MREA STAFF Julie Brazeau
Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator
Market Research Coordinator
Sandy Crawford Bookkeeper
Certificate Program Coordinator
2016 was a year filled with rousing energy headlines. In April, Congress extended federal renewable energy tax credits for both homeowners and commercial developers, encouraging more clean energy installations and helping the industry thrive. On August 7 in Scotland, wind turbines generated more electricity than the entire country used. Nationwide, the installed cost of solar power is down to about $3 per Watt, which is exponentially lower than it was in the 1980s. It’s officially time to retire the term “alternative” energy!
MREA Training Coordinator, Jenny Heinzen
In October, Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission approved $7.7 million towards customer-based solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuel systems – a huge victory for renewable energy advocates in the state. In MREA news, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved a number of our hands-on training courses for those with available GI benefits. It took a little time and paperwork (okay, a lot of time and paperwork), but the effort paid off, and now we’re able to help those who’ve served our country by offering educational opportunities to become renewable energy professionals. Our goal for 2017 is to keep doing more of what fulfills our mission, as well as what fills our courses. The MREA offers affordable renewable energy education that is recognized, accredited, market-relevant, and aligned to industry standards. We have in-person courses at our facilities in Custer (WI), as well as in our Solar Training Academies in Dubuque (IA), Cottage Grove (MN), Normal (IL), and Milwaukee (WI). Online courses are accessible anytime, anywhere. And we can also deliver customized training to interested groups throughout the Midwest. Read more about our programs, Certificates, continuing education offerings, and instructor training opportunities throughout this catalog, and visit us at midwestrenew.org for more information and registration links. We look forward to seeing you in 2017! Jenny Heinzen, MREA Training Coordinator
Solar Program Manager
Marshfield Clinic - AmeriCorps, Volunteer Coordinator
MREA Saint Paul
1754 University Ave WI Saint Paul, MN 55104
3628 W Pierce St Milwaukee, WI 53215
7558 Deer Rd Custer, WI 54423
MREA Board of Directors Gary Drier, Financial Officer
First Law Group, S.C. (2017) Stevens Point, WI
Historic Milwaukee (2017) Milwaukee, WI
Customized Solar Training Page. 15
Alternative Currents, LLC (2018) Chicago, IL
Elizabeth Hittman, President
City of Milwaukee, Office of Environmental Sustainability (2018) Milwaukee, WI
MREA, Custer, WI
Alverno College (2018) Milwaukee, WI
Convergence Energy (2018) Lake Geneva, WI
Gimme Shelter Construction (2018) Amherst, WI
Wisconsin State Energy Office (2018) Madison, WI
Jennifer Martin, Secretary
Illinois Green Economy Network (2018) Stelle, IL
Benjamin Nusz, Vice President
Mid-State Technical College (2017) Amherst, WI
Clean Energy Resource Teams (2017) Minneapolis, MN
Clean Wisconsin (2017) Milwaukee, WI
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Hands On Training Page. 22-23
Table Of Contents Credentials and Accreditation............P. 5
The Energy Fair(s) of 2017 Page. 11
MREA Certificate Program.............. P. 6-7 Solar Professional Pathways.............. P. 8 NABCEPâ€™s Associate Program............. P. 9 Continuing Education Credits............P. 10 The Energy Fair..................................P. 11 Workforce Development...................P. 12 V.A. Approved Courses......................P. 14 Customized Training...........................P. 15 Solar Training Academy................P. 16-18 Online Courses..............................P. 20-21 Membership Sign-Up.........................P. 21 Hands-on Training........................P. 22-23 Code Courses.....................................P. 24 Grow Solar..........................................P.25 Solar University Network..................P. 26 Instructor Training.............................P. 27 2017 Course Index.......................P. 28-34 Advertiser Index................................P. 35 MREA Sustaining Business Members P.35 Move Some Earth Day.......................P. 36 Volunteer...........................................P. 37 Meet the MREA Staff...................P. 38-39
www.midwestrenew.org Our Staff and Board of Directors Page. 1-2
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PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS MREAâ€™s PV, Solar Thermal, and Small Wind courses are based on industry-approved learning objectives and are designed to satisfy competencies required for exams, licenses, certificates, and certifications available to renewable energy professionals. MREA Certificates are entrylevel credentials that provide a valuable foundation for professionals in the growing field of renewable energy.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
MREAâ€™s PV Site Assessment and Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate programs are accredited through the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a third-party independent nonprofit organization that evaluates and recognizes institutions with clean energy training programs. The MREA is one of few training institutions in the nation to hold the accredited Certificate Program designation under the IREC Standard 14732, and has demonstrated that its PV and Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificates contribute to the quality of a clean energy workforce.
SITE ASSESSMENT The MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessments and consumer education. The MREA trains renewable energy site assessors in photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal, and small wind. The MREAâ€™s PV and Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificates are accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). The MREA Site Assessment Certificate provides skills training necessary for renewable energy professionals working in lead generation and project development. Site assessors perform on-site and remote assessments for clients by evaluating household energy consumption and analyzing the solar or wind resource at a site. Site assessors can recommend a system size, placement options, and estimate system energy production and costs.
Coming Soon: MREA PV Installation Certificate!
SITE ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATE
INTRODUCTION TO WIND SYSTEMS
SMALL WIND SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING
SITE ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATE
PV SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING
TWO PRACTICE SITE ASSESSMENT REPORTS
SITE ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATE
SOLAR DOMESTIC HOT WATER SYSTEMS
SOLAR THERMAL SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING
TWO PRACTICE SITE ASSESSMENT REPORTS
TWO PRACTICE SITE ASSESSMENT REPORTS
PROGRAM PV DESIGN & SALES
DESIGN AND SALES CERTIFICATE
PV SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING
The MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate is for learners interested in PV system design and financial analysis. The MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate helps learners understand the basic design process for a utility-interactive PV system and how to estimate production, conduct a financial analysis, and identify environmental benefits. Learn more at
To better serve different learning styles and busy schedules, the MREA offers courses in face-to-face and online formats. Join as an MREA member and receive discounts on courses and books.
ONE PRACTICE SITE ASSESSMENT REPORT
PV SYSTEM DESIGN
PV SALES AND FINANCE
“ Solar now employs three times more people than coal mining (67,929 people).
- The Solar Foundation TSFCensus.org
ONE PRACTICE DESIGN AND SALES PROPOSAL
FEATURED STAFF ADAM MEHR MREA CERTIFICATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR Adam coordinates the MREA’s Site Assessment and PV Design and Sales Certificate Programs and works alongside MREA’s training team, students, and partners to grow a regional renewable energy workforce. Contact Adam with any MREA credential or Certificate Program questions. email@example.com or 651-789-5732.
PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALING PV PATHWAYS
MREA Certificates can help students work towards other industry credentials including NABCEP PV Associate, NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification, and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification. Find a credential that fits your professional goals. Entry-level Certificate available through the MREA. Site assessors analyze potential sites, develop leads, and recommend system size and placement. Entry-level Certificate available through the MREA. Design and sales professionals understand basics behind system design, can estimate project costs, and identify environmental benefits. Take MREAâ€™s PV 101, PV 201, and PV 202 courses and qualify to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. NABCEP PV Associates have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic systems. The NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification requires a combination of design and sales experience, and classroom education. MREA courses can help you work towards your education requirements. The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification requires a combination of installation experience and classroom education. MREA courses can help you work towards your education requirements.
Instructor Jenny Heinzen demonstrates how to use a Solar PathfinderTM.
NABCEP’s NEW ASSOCIATE PROGRAM
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
The new NABCEP Associate Program replaces the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. This new credential is earned by passing an examination based on the related NABCEP Associate Learning Objectives, including the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of Photovoltaic, Solar Heating, or Small Wind energy systems. NABCEP Associates are recognized by NABCEP on an online directory, and are allowed to utilize NABCEP Associate word and trade-marks. You can find the NABCEP ASSOCIATE HANDBOOK at NABCEP.org The MREA is an Exam Provider for the PV Associate Program. Anyone who completes our three entry-level PV courses (32 hours of training) is eligible to take the exam and earn this credential:
What’s the difference between the former Entry Level
Program and the new Associate Program that was adopted in August of 2016? 1. There are now two ways to earn the credential – the Experience Pathway and the Education Pathway. Candidates can either take courses with a Registered Associate Provider (like the MREA), or apply directly to NABCEP if they have at least six months of related work experience. (The latter is a new pathway that formerly did not exist.) 2. The credential requires 12 hours of continuing education every three years, and there is a $150 renewal fee. 3. Exam prices have increased by $30. It’s NABCEP’s intention that those who earn the Associate Program credential opt to gain more education hours and experience in three years, and apply for Certification (PV Installation Professional, PV Technical Sales, e.g.), rather than renew the Associate Level credential. Think of it as NABCEP’s way of gently pushing you to learn more, excel in your field, and aspire to earn the next benchmark of industry recognition.
PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training 8 hours
If you have any questions about NABCEP’s credentials, visit NABCEP.org.
WHAT’S YOUR EXPIRATION DATE? Doesn’t it feel great to pass a test? To earn a degree or certificate? To get that piece of paper or card in your hand? Ahhh… You did it! Congratulations! But don’t let yourself idle in celebration for too long; you now have continuing education credit (CEC) requirements to keep that credential current and active. The MREA can help. Many of our courses have been approved by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and state licensing agencies and boards throughout the Midwest, whether you take them online or at one of our face-to-face training sessions. Some of our most popular NABCEP-approved courses include:
• PV Sales and Finance (PV 203) 7 CECs • 2017 NEC Update for PV (PV 618) 4 CECs • PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations (PV-ST 411) 7 CECs • Navigating the NEC (G 110) 6 CECs So congratulations on earning that certificate, card, or credential! Now get back to work. You’re never done learning… For more information, contact Jenny Heinzen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-592-6595 ext. 108
AT THE ENERGY FAIR
The MREA was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit shortly after the first Energy Fair in 1990. We are celebrating our 28th Annual Energy Fair on June 16-18, 2017 at our headquarters in Custer, WI. The Fair features over 200 exhibitors, live music, inspiring keynotes, camping, activities for the whole family, and over 250 workshops. In 2016 we helped over 180 solar professionals earn 500+ NABCEP CECs free of charge. We plan to do the same in 2017! Learn more at TheEnergyFair.org.
Solar Professional Development at The Energy Fair
Advance your professional development in the solar industry at The Energy Fair through continuing education opportunities, advanced workshops, and MREA trainings. In 2016 we more than doubled the number of NABCEP continuing education credits administered at The Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. In addition to education, The Energy Fair is filled with industry networking opportunities and gives you the chance to mix business with pleasure. Receive top-notch education at an affordable rate in a fun and relaxing environment. 2016 Aurora Solar Workshop
Learn. Connect. Act. TheEnergyFair.org
It’s so nice we’re doing it twice... Minnesota, here we come! As the solar industry continues to mature and expand jobs, so does The Energy Fair. We’re excited to host an Energy Fair at Harriet Island in Saint Paul, Minnesota, September 9-10, 2017. Filled with professional development opportunities, The Energy Fair Minnesota will spread the word about clean energy and sustainability with an emphasis on urban topics like community solar, public transportation, and more! Visit TheEnergyFair.org for the most up-to-date information. Solar Professional Workshops (at the Wisconsin Energy Fair) are sponsored by Werner Electric. THANK YOU WERNER!
DEVELOPMENT MREA STUDENTS & ALUMNI
Solar Training Network
The MREA is an official Training Provider of the Solar Training Network, a new national program of The Solar Foundation and an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. MREA students gain access to the benefits of the Solar Training Network including opportunities to post resumes, connect with prospective employers, and to learn about solar job fairs and other regional training events.
Join a growing network of MREA students and alumni and connect with us on LinkedIn! Showcase your skills and education by adding your MREA courses and certificates to your profile.
What is the job outlook for working in solar?
One in 83 new jobs in the U.S. are created by the solar industry, according to the 2015 National Solar Jobs Census. The solar industry workforce is growing at a rate that is 12 times faster than the overall U.S. workforce with jobs in installation, manufacturing, sales and distribution, project development, and more.
What kind of jobs are out there?
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Solar Career Map describes positions and responsibilities in the industry, and can help solar professionals define pathways for career advancement. You can view IREC’s Solar Career Map at www.irecusa.org.
Looking for jobs in the Midwest?
Check out MREA’s job and internship posting page here: www.midwestrenew.org/jobs
If you are an employer in the renewable energy industry or sustainability field and have a job opening you’re looking to fill, please email us at email@example.com with a direct link to the vacancy or attach a PDF of the job announcement. Please include any application deadlines if appropriate, and we will post the position for you on our website’s Career Center page. If you are an MREA business member, let us know if you want us to share your job posting on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.
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FOR VETERANS VA APPROVED COURSES
In the fall of 2016, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved a number of our solar and wind training courses. We can now proudly offer renewable energy training opportunities to veterans through the use of their GI benefits while training at MREA facilities in Custer and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MREA’s approved and accredited coursework provides students training for entry-level solar career opportunities in installation, sales and finance, operation and maintenance, site assessment, project management, and more. We are in the process of getting more courses approved, and expanding our approval to other Midwest states
Approved MREA courses for veteran students include: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) Custer, WI • OFFERED: April 25, July 11, October 3 PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) Custer, WI • OFFERED: April 26, July 12, October 4 PV System Design (PV 202)Custer, WI • OFFERED: April 27-28, July 13-14, October 4 PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301) Custer, WI • OFFERED: May 1-4, July 17-20, October 9-12 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (W 306 Homebrew Wind) Stevens Point, WI • OFFERED: June 9-14 MREA’s Milwaukee Solar Training Academy (PV 101, 201, 202 and 301) • OFFERED: One weekend a month from January-May: Jan. 14-15, Feb 25-26, Mar. 18-19, April 22-23, May 20-21 (for more information see pages 16-18 or visit: www.midwestrenew.org/sta) According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 4.1% of the Wisconsin veteran population was unemployed in 2015. The MREA’s VAapproved training will give those who have served an opportunity to join the growing renewable energy industry. Jobs in solar and wind not only help more veterans enter the workforce, but they also promote more domestic energy production, which lessens our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
If you are interested of have questions, please contact MREA Training Coordinator:
Jenny Heinzen firstname.lastname@example.org 715-592-6595 ext. 108
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TRAINING Provide your group with the solar professional skills and credentials needed to compete in the changing energy landscape. 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. MREA can bring high-quality courses to your business, school, or organization. We can deliver MREA’s IREC-accredited Certificate training, recognized NABCEP PV Associate training (and exam), electrical inspector training, and other advanced PV courses to your students. • MREA can bring instructors and equipment to your site. • We can customize hybrid training options for your group, combining online and hands-on lab courses. • We can organize a training for you at our facility in Custer, WI. Learn more about how the MREA can provide training for your business or institution at www.midwestrenew.org/ customized-training or contact us at 715-592-6595.
Past Contracted Trainings: National Park Service l State of Indiana l City of Milwaukee l University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee l The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee l Milwaukee Community Service Corps l Lac du Flambeau Tribal DNR l Werner Electric l Van Meter Electric Supply l Zinniel Electric l Heartland Community College l Lawrence University l Metropolitan Community College l Half Moon Seminars l Michigan Chapter of IAEI l River Falls Municipal Utilities l United Steel Workers l University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
ACADEMY Designed to fit your busy schedule, the Solar Training Academy meets one weekend each month in one of four locations near you. Between January and May, you will advance through MREAâ€™s full PV course progression. There are no prerequisites. All are welcome!
ACADEMY COURSES BASIC PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV 101)
This class teaches the basics of solar electric (PV) systems, including how PV generates electricity, different PV system types and components, as well as ballpark system sizing, production estimates, and costs. (8 hours)
PV SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING (PV 201)
Students learn the skills needed to conduct a residential PV site assessment. Using the tools provided, students will analyze existing loads, consider array placement, and estimate system production to meet customer needs. (8 hours)
PV SALES AND FINANCE (PV 203)
This class teaches basic financial concepts needed to dig deeper into the costs and benefits of PV projects. Students are provided with the MREA cost-modeling tool to evaluate utility bill savings, cash flow, and payback over the life of a PV system. (8 hours)
PV SYSTEM DESIGN (PV 202)
This course teaches participants the basic step-by-step process of designing a utility-interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Using a sample site assessment, system scenarios, and PV case studies, participants will learn about array siting, system sizing, selecting equipment, layout planning, and other design considerations. (16 hours)
PV DESIGN AND INSTALLATION LAB (PV 301)
This course offers participants an advanced level of hands-on learning that will prepare them for field installations and other advanced PV courses. Using design scenarios, participants will learn how to select PV system components, layout the array, and design circuits according to the National Electric Code (NEC) and other applicable building codes. While working on training labs, participants will learn safety procedures, system diagramming, component specifications, electrical and mechanical integration processes, and troubleshooting techniques. (32 hours) Visit: www.midwestrenew.org/sta or Call: 651-789-5732
TWIN CITIES, MN Kris Schmid, Legacy Solar, LLC
Nick Matthes, Midwest Photovoltaics, LLC
MILWAUKEE, WI DUBUQUE, IA
Alex Jarvis, Solar Systems of Indiana
Mike Joyce, Full Spectrum Solar
“After the Solar Training Academy, I was offered a position with the solar design and installation company Namasté Solar. The Solar Academy provided me a wonderful start to my solar professional journey. I was able to attain the specific credentials needed to lead to job opportunities in the industry.” -Joey Staron, Namaste’ Solar Student, STA 2016
Iowa, Dubuque Jan 14-15 Feb 11-12 Mar 25-26 Apr 22-23 May 20-21 MREA’s Solar Training Academy gave me a solid foundation in order to be a good candidate for work in the solar industry. -Barbara Sogn-Frank Able Energy Student, STA 2015
Illinois, Normal Jan 14-15 Feb 18-19 Mar 11-12 Apr 8-9 May 6-7
Minnesota, Twin Cities Jan 7-8 Feb 18-19 Mar 4-5 Apr 8-9 May 6-7
Wisconsin, Milwaukee Jan 14-15 Feb 25-26 Mar 18-19 Apr 22-23 May 20-21
I enrolled in the Solar Academy because I’m looking to change careers to something I really care about. I plan to start with installing my own system. -Jordan Potter Welder Student, STA 2016
The Wisconsin Academy is approved by the V.A. (see p. 14)
I love the flexibility in the MREA Solar Academy and using weekend time to hold the classes. The instructors are very knowledgeable and fun to spend the weekend with. -Logan Welch Van Meter, Student, STA 2016
ACADEMY COURSES AND OUTCOMES BUILD YOUR SOLAR NETWORK
The Academy is a great opportunity to meet other solar professionals and connect with potential employers in your area.
• MREA SITE ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATE
Upon completion of Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101), PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), and two tech mentored PV Site Assessment reports, you are eligible to take the MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate Exam.
• MREA PV DESIGN AND SALES CERTIFICATE
BUILD YOUR SOLAR CREDENTIALS
Completion of the Academy puts you on track to earn three separate credentials:
PV SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING
Upon completion of Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101), PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), PV System Design (PV 202), PV Sales and Finance (PV 203), one tech mentored practice PV site assessment, and one tech mentored practice PV design and sales proposal, you are eligible to take the MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate Exam. • NABCEP PV ASSOCIATE Upon completion of Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101), PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), and PV System Design (PV 202), you are eligible to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.
SITE ASSESSMENT: 2 PRACTICE SITE ASSESSMENT REPORTS
MREA PV SITE ASSESSMENT EXAM
PV SYSTEM DESIGN
NABCEP PV Associate Exam
PV SALES AND FINANCE
PV DESIGN & INSTALLATION LAB
• 1 PRACTICE SITE ASSESSMENT REPORT • 1 PRACTICE DESIGN AND SALES PROPOSAL
MREA PV DESIGN AND SALES EXAM
MEETS ADDITIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NABCEP PV INSTALLATION PROFESSIONAL EXAM
COST: • MEMBERS $2,200 • NON-MEMBERS $2,250 (includes MREA membership) • Price includes textbook, learning materials, instruction, NABCEP Associate exam fee, MREA PV Site Assessor and PV Design and Sales exam fees, and PV Site Assessor and PV Design and Sales Technical Mentoring.
For more information and registration: Visit: www.midwestrenew.org/sta Call: 651-789-5732
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March 1–3, 2017
BETTER BUILDINGS: BETTER BUSINESS CONFERENCE®
RENEWABLE ENERGY COURSES
Online Learning: Renewable Energy Education at Your Fingertips! Demand is high for flexible learning that’s accessible anytime from anywhere, approved for continuing education credits, and recognized by state and national certification and licensing boards. Our response is to offer even more online courses in 2017 than we ever have before. The MREA online course website (Moodle) has a new look and layout, is more user-friendly, and contains curriculum that is continually reviewed, perused, scrutinized, edited, updated, and aligned to industry standards.
midwestrenew.org/courses for current course schedule.
All of our entry-level courses for photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal, and small wind energy systems can be accessed ONLINE: • BASIC PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV 101) 10 offerings in 2017 • PV SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING (PV 201) 8 offerings in 2017 • PV SYSTEM DESIGN (PV 202) 5 offerings in 2017 • SOLAR DOMESTIC HOT WATER SYSTEMS (ST 101) 2 offerings in 2017 • SOLAR THERMAL SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING (PV 201) AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST • INTRODUCTION TO WIND SYSTEMS (W 101) 2 offerings in 2017 • SMALL WIND SITE ASSESSOR TRAINING (W 201) AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
FEATURED INSTRUCTOR Additionally, many of our “advanced” or more topic-centric courses are available online: • 2017 NEC UPDATE FOR PV (PV 618) 9 offerings in 2017 • NAVIGATING THE NEC (G 110) 6 course offerings in 2017
Jenny writes and edits curriculum for the MREA, organizes and facilitates the course schedule, and teaches many PV and wind courses. Jenny has been associated with the MREA since 2006, and started her full-time position in 2012. She’s a licensed Master Electrician in Wisconsin.
• PV SALES AND FINANCE (PV 203) 3 course offerings in 2017 • PV AND SOLAR THERMAL STRUCTURAL CONSIDERATIONS (PV-ST 411) 2 course offerings in 2017
The MREA served more than 500 online learners in 2016, and we’re excited to see that number grow in 2017, in parallel with the renewable energy job market.
View all MREA Member benefits at: www.midwestrenew.org/membership
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 a home or business. 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.
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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.
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HANDS-ON SOLAR TRAINING
In 2016, we held three intensive PV training sessions at the MREA headquarters in Custer, Wisconsin. Participants in these offerings (April, July, and October) spent two weeks together – learning theory and application, solar design considerations, calculations, and safety regulations for four days, followed by another four days of inspecting, installing, commissioning, and troubleshooting PV systems.
This same sequence of courses (PV 101-201-202-301) will be offered again in Custer in the spring, summer, and fall of 2017: • April 25-28 and May 1-4 NABCEP PV Associate Exam available on May 5 • July 11-14 and 17-20 NABCEP PV Associate Exam available on July 21 • October 3-6 and 9-12 NABCEP PV Associate Exam available on October 13
FEATURED INSTRUCTOR: CRAIG BUTTKE
NORTH WIND RENEWABLE ENERGY
Craig is an owner of North Wind Renewable Energy. There he manages solar electric system design, installation, and servicing activities. Craig 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, where he led teams responsible for the construction of commercial-scale solar electric systems.
We also offer hands-on training in our Solar Training Academies. See pages 16-18 for more information or visit: www.midwestrenew.org/sta .
HANDS-ON WIND TRAINING
Rather climb a tower than a roof? Then come to one of our Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety offerings, and stick around for two days of Wind System Repair and Maintenance. Or, if you’d rather be well-grounded, learn how to design and build your own small wind turbine in our Homebrew Wind Workshop in June. • Intro to Tower Climbing and Safety (W 307): May 10 & September 6 • Wind System Repair and Maintenance (W 401): May 11-12 & September 7-8 • Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction - Homebrew Wind Workshop (W 306): June 9-14
FEATURED INSTRUCTORS: BRANDON NAYLOR
TOWER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC. Brandon is the owner of Tower Technologies LLC, which he formed in 2002 to service the wind and communication tower industries. Tower Technologies manages subcontractors and tower crews erecting towers, inspecting towers, structurally reinforcing existing towers, and maintaining towers and equipment. Brandon is certified as a ComTrain Tower Safety and Rescue Instructor, Crosby Rigging and OSHA authorized instructor for 30- and 10-hour courses. In addition to his dedication to teach quality and safety to his own employees, Brandon currently teaches Intro to Tower Climbing and Safety at the MREA.
DAN BARTMANN OTHERPOWER
Dan grew up off the grid in the Colorado mountains starting at age three, and has lived there ever since. He is the Education Director of Buckville Energy Consulting, and co-author of the book Homebrew Wind Power. His articles and photographs have appeared in both Home Power Magazine and Back Home Magazine, and he is the founder of Otherpower.com, a website devoted to home energy production. Dan’s focus and passion are on educating the public about both the potential and the pitfalls of small wind power. His innovative small wind turbine designs have achieved recognition worldwide, and are ideally suited for local manufacture in impoverished and developing regions. He teaches and consults regularly on the topic across the U.S. and internationally for NGOs, educators, and homeowners alike.
TRAINING COURSES 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. • Approved for 6 NABCEP continuing education credits
NEC Requirements for PV Systems (PV 616) This six-hour course reviews 2017 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 (2hours) • PV 603 (3 hours) • PV 604 (4 hours) Approved for 4 NABCEP continuing education credits
Join as an MREA member to receive $20 off courses and 10% off 2017 NEC CODE books.
NEW COURSE: 2017 NEC Updates for PV Systems PV is here to stay, and the 2017 NEC code cycle introduces four brand new Articles that discuss the technology. Join us online or at The Energy Fair to learn about the latest changes in this four-hour class. Article 690 has once more been reorganized as a consequence of the new Article 691: Large-Scale PV Electric Supply Stations. Among numerous other changes, we’ll review where to find key installation requirements. We’ll discuss the new language that clarifies “functional grounding” in PV circuits and the associated requirements for overcurrent and disconnects, as well as new options for calculating PV circuit currents and voltages, and more clearly defined Rapid Shutdown requirements. Along with significant changes to Article 705, three new articles will be discussed; specifically Article 706: Energy Storage Systems, Article 710: Stand-Alone Systems and Article 712: DC Microgrids. Join us online or at The Energy Fair to learn more about 2017 NEC changes. This course is recognized for 4 NABCEP continuing education credits. See page 31 or visit www.midwestrenew.org/courses for 2017 course schedule.
FEATURED INSTRUCTOR: JULIE BRAZEAU
MREA SOLAR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
Julie is the Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator for the MREA. She served a fiveyear electrical construction apprenticeship working primarily on commercial and industrial-scale projects and holds a Master Electrician and a Commercial Inspector credential in the state of Wisconsin.
Julie is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer
Emeritus as well as an IREC Certified PV Installation Instructor and teaches advanced Photovoltaic courses for the MREA, including inspector training.
TO MOVE MARKETS
The Grow Solar Midwest Partnership helps jurisdictions boost their solar market through technical assistance with planning, zoning, and permitting, training for electrical inspectors, analysis of public buildings for solar investment, and community-facing programs. These efforts combine to lower cost barriers, demonstrate the viability of solar, and increase knowledge and awareness about solar energy. Visit our website www.growsolar.org to explore the many resources available: • • • • •
Solar Toolkits Technical Assistance Education Solar Power HourSM And More!
Helping communities go solar.
Hosting solar information sessions.
Providing municipal technical assistance.
Rolls Battery offers in-depth training for Renewable Energy industry professionals covering deep cycle lead acid battery selection, installation & troubleshooting. visit WWW.THEENERGYFAIR.ORG/WORKSHOPS for more information.
Empowering campuses to go solar! Thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways program, the MREA has partnered with three Midwest universities to help develop roadmaps for deploying and investing in solar PV. Investment in solar PV among higher education institutions is trending upward with more than 300 campuses nationwide having made investments in solar either through on-site system deployment or through long-term power purchase agreements from large PV generation facilities. With over $528 billion assets, long-term investment horizons, and the ability to make illiquid investments, higher education institutions represent a large potential market for PV investment and deployment. To help universities take advantage of this growing investment opportunity, the MREA is working with teams at the University of Minnesota, Illinois State University, and Purdue University to create PV Development Roadmaps with the goal of achieving more than one megawatt of solar investment at each institution. As part of this project, participating students were given access to online courses in MREA’s PV Certificate Programs. Since July 2015, 123 students have enrolled in MREA’s Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) course and 114 students have enrolled in MREA’s PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) course. In July 2016, the MREA awarded its first PV Site
Assessment Certificate to a partnering university student. Twelve students have continued in the training progression, taking MREA’s PV System Design (PV 202) course, and two students have completed MREA’s PV Sales and Finance (PV 203) course. MREA’s PV courses and Certificates have trained students in entry level competencies that can support the responsibilities and tasks need by their campus’ SUN Delegation team. Using the content generated and lessons learned throughout this process, the MREA is assembling a library of resources, case studies, and best practices to help other institutions define pathways for going solar. To facilitate further student professional development, the MREA has collaborated with solar industry partners to create internship opportunities for students interested in PV site assessment, lead generation, design, sales, and project management. For more information on this project visit:
Join MREA’s growing network of instructors! The MREA Recognized Training Provider program partners with instructors throughout the Midwest to increase access to quality renewable energy training courses and professional certificates and build a stronger clean energy workforce. If you are an instructor with a renewable energy program at an accredited or NABCEP recognized training institution and would like to become a Recognized Training Provider for the MREA’s Professional Certificate Programs, please contact us for more details. As a Recognized Training Provider, you can integrate MREA’s professional certificates into your existing training programs and offer your students additional industry credentials in PV, Solar Thermal, and Small Wind. The MREA is looking to grow its instructor network overall, with a particular focus on developing greater instructor depth in the topics of system design and financial analysis. If you would like to be part of MREA’s growing training network and add the MREA’s accredited curriculum and third party recognized certificates to your accredited programs, please contact:
Adam Mehr for more information: email@example.com or 651-789-5732
2017 MREA COURSE OFFERINGS
MREA, moving energy education forward.
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has been offering a variety of courses in solar electricity (PV), solar thermal heating, and small wind energy systems for nearly three decades. We have courses for all levels of learning, from novice to industry professional. Our accredited courses and Certificate Programs are available online, at the MREA in Custer, WI, and throughout the Midwest in our Solar Training Academies. Hereâ€™s a sneak peak at our 2017 course offerings, including our recent VA approved courses. This course schedule is subject to change based on enrollment and demand. Please visit our new website, www.midwestrenew.org/courses for the most up to date schedule. Photovoltaics (PV) - Solar Electricity Solar Thermal (Hot Water and Space Heating) Small Wind Energy Systems National Electric Code (NEC) Training Online Course Approved for NABCEP continuing education credits Veteran Affairs approved course Visit: midwestrenew.org/veterans for more information or see page 14.
For the most current MREA course listing vist: www.midwestrenew.org/courses
Photovoltaics (PV) - Solar Electricity Courses PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics This course teaches the basics of solar electric (PV) systems. Participants will learn how PV systems work, discuss system types, identify and describe PV components, describe the best applications (and limitations) of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, and explore system costs.
ONLINE OFFERINGS: January 9 - February 5 February 13 - March 12 March 20 - April 16 April 24 - May 21 May 30 - June 25 July 10 - August 6 August 14 - September 10 September 18 - October 15 October 23 - November 19 November 27 - December 22 ON-SITE CUSTER OFFERINGS: April 25 July 11 October 3
PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training 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.
ONLINE OFFERINGS: January 23 - February 19 March 6 - April 2 April 17 - May 14 May 22 - June 18 July 24 - August 20 September 11 - October 8 October 16 - November 12 November 27 - December 22 ON-SITE CUSTER OFFERINGS: April 26 July 12 October 4
PV 202 PV System Design This course teaches the basic step-by-step process of designing a utility-interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Participants will use example site assessments, PV system component design examples, and PV system case studies to learn about selecting equipment, system sizing, layout planning, array siting, and other design considerations.
PV 203 PV Sales and Finance In this course, students learn how to evaluate the financials of solar photovoltaic systems. Participants calculate 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 available program incentives. The course concludes with a discussion of various sales techniques used to approach potential PV system customers. COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Alex Jarvis
ONLINE OFFERINGS: January 9 - March 5 March 13 - May 7 May 15 - July 9 July 24 - September 17 September 25 - November 19 ON-SITE CUSTER OFFERINGS: April 27 - 28 July 13 - 14 October 5 - 6
ONLINE OFFERINGS: February 27 - March 26 May 1 - 29 October 30 - December 3 ON-SITE OFFERING at: The University of WisconsinStevens Point: June 15 Approved for 7 NABCEP CECs
Alex has been working in the renewable energy field since 2006. Alex instructs PV classes across the states and writes about renewable energy in Indiana. Alex holds a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University. He and his company Alex also teaches the design and install both grid-tied and battery-based systems, also working O&M Illinois Solar Training for MW sized PV sites. Alex is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer. Alex teaches Academy, info on many PV classes for the MREA, including PV Sales and Finance (PV 203). Alex page 17. also holds the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate. reNEWS 29
PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab
This four-day course offers participants an advanced level of scenarios 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 and various PV labs and installation projects, participants will learn safety procedures, system design and layout, component selection and specification, electrical and mechanical integration techniques, and troubleshooting. ON-SITE CUSTER OFFERINGS: May 1 - 4 July 17 - 20 October 9 - 12
â€œ I really appreciated the last two weeks of instruction and all the individualized
conversations we had. You are an awesome cadre of teachers and I was impressed with your knowledge, ability to share it with us, and the amount I learned. I will be recommending MREA to lots of people and raving about the awesome time I had!
-Maxwell Love MREA Student 2016
2017 Solar Training Academy
Milwaukee, WI January 14-15 February 25-26 March 18-19 April 22-23 May 20-21
Cottage Grove, MN January 7-8 February 18-19 March 4-5 April 8-9 May 6-7
Normal, IL January 14-15 February 18-19 March 11-12 April 8-9 May 6-7
Dubuque, IA January 14-15 February 11-12 March 25-26 April 22-23 May 20-21
For more information see pages 16-18, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 651-789-5732, or visit www.midwestrenew.org/sta Academy courses include: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) PV System Design (PV 202) PV Sales and Finance (PV 203) PV Design Lab (PV 301)
In 2016, the Solar Training Academies had a student pass rate of 96% on the NABCEP PV Associate Exam!
National Electric Code (NEC) Courses PV 618: 2017 NEC Update for PV In this class, we’ll review where to find key installation requirements. We’ll discuss the new language that clarifies “functional grounding” in PV circuits and the associated requirements for overcurrent and disconnects, as well as new options for calculating PV circuit currents and voltages, and more clearly defined Rapid Shutdown requirements. Along with significant changes to Article 705, three new articles will be discussed; specifically Article 706: Energy Storage Systems, Article 710: Stand-Alone Systems and Article 712: DC Microgrids. Join us online or at The Energy Fair to learn more about 2017 NEC changes. COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Julie Brazeau View instructor bio. and more course
ONLINE OFFERINGS: January 16 - 29 February 13 - 26 March 13 - 26 April 10 - 23 May 15 - 29 August 7 - 20 September 18 - October 1 October 16 - 29 December 4 - 17 ON-SITE OFFERING at: The University of WisconsinStevens Point: June 15 Approved for 4 NABCEP CECs
information on page 24.
Join as an MREA member to receive $20 off courses and 10% off marketplace items, including 2017 NEC code books, and others. Join today by calling 715-592-6595 ext. 113 or online at www.midwestrenew.org/membership.
G110 Navigating the NEC 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.
ONLINE OFFERINGS: January 16 - February 5 March 6 - March 26 COURSE INSTRUCTOR: May 8 - May 29 Jenny Heinzen July 17 - August 6 View instructor bio. on page 20. September 11 - October 1 November 27 - December 17 Approved for 6 NABCEP CECs
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Solar Thermal (Hot Water and Space Heating) Courses PV-ST 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations
This four-week online course teaches the structural considerations involved in solar electric and solar thermal systems for installers, designers, and code officials. Topics will include general permitting processes and building codes, installation strategies, and techniques for determining loads on and strengths of structures. PV-ST 411 focuses on residential-scale wood structures with pitched roofs, but some fundamental principles may be useful in other applications.
ONLINE OFFERINGS: February 20 - March 19 October 23 - November 19 Approved for 7 NABCEP CECs COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Andy DeRocher
See Instructor bio. below.
Andy has experience as a designer, consulting engineer, and installer of solar, geothermal, HVAC, and plumbing systems. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and Master Plumber, and has been instructing design and installation workshops for the MREA since 2007.
ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems
This four-week online course teaches the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) system 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.
ONLINE OFFERINGS: January 30 - February 26 October 2 - 29 COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Ben Nusz
See Instructor bio. below.
Benjamin Nusz has worked as an installer, site assessor, designer, and consultant for solar thermal, photovoltaic and geothermal systems. He is a NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer, holds a certificate in PV and ST site assessment and is the co-author of the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems. Ben is currently the Renewable Energy Specialist Instructor at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids and lives in solar heated and powered home he built himself.
ST 201 Solar Thermal Site Assessor Training
Participants in this online course will learn how to perform a site assessment for a Solar Thermal systems. The course will cover how to evaluate a siteâ€™s solar energy potential, determine solar resources, make a load profile for a clientâ€™s energy needs, determine appropriate positioning, and estimate output for a system based upon solar resources.
ONLINE OFFERINGS: Available upon request. COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Ben Nusz
Small Wind Courses W 101 Introduction to Wind
This course teaches 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.
ONLINE OFFERINGS: January 23 - February 19 July 31 - August 27 ON-SITE CUSTER OFFERINGS: May 9 COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Jenny Heinzen
View instructor bio. on page 20.
W 201 Small Wind Site Assessor Training
W 306 Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction “Homebrew Wind”
Participants in this online 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.
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.
ONLINE OFFERING: January 3 - February 22 Available upon request.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Jenny Heinzen
View instructor bio. on page 20.
ON-SITE OFFERING at: Northwind Renewable Energy LLC, (Stevens Point, WI) June 9 - June 14 COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Dan Bartmann View instructor bio. on page 23.
“ MREA’s Hombrew 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
W 307 Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety This one-day, hands-on 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 the classroom.
ON-SITE CUSTER OFFERINGS: May 10 September 6 COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Brandon Naylor
View instructor bio. on page 23.
W 401 Wind System Repair and Maintenance Participants in this two-day course will perform repairs and maintenance on the MREA wind turbines and systems. This is a working course that includes tower climbing. The course includes both classroom time and outdoor climbing, inspecting, repairing, and maintaining wind energy systems using safe work practices and proper fall protection.
ON-SITE CUSTER OFFERINGS: May 11 - 12 September 7 - 8 COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Jenny Heinzen
View instructor bio. on page 20.
“MREA’s classes have greatly expanded my knowledge...I truly believe renewables are the
wave of the future and intend on making my dream of that come true.
-Pete Wagner 2016 MREA Student
“Worth every penny!” 2016 MREA Student
“Good people with good knowledge.” 2016 MREA Student
“Great courses. I loved it!” 2016 MREA Student
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Financial contributions are a much-appreciated form of support. All donations help us achieve our mission to promote renewable energy and sustainable living through education and demonstration. Not only will you feel good, but your donations are tax deductible, as the MREA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donate today by calling 715-592-6595 or visiting www.midwestrenew.org/supportus. Additionally please consider supporting MREA via Planned Giving.
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Join our growing list of Members! Show that you and your business support renewable energy and sustainable living. Mail in the membership sign up on p. 19. For a complete list of business member levels and benefits, visit midwestrenew.org/join.
Investing in environmental education and MREA is easier than ever. If you or someone you know is an employee of the state of Wisconsin, please consider participating in the 2016 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). The campaign allows state employees to give to participating charities of their choice through a direct payroll deduction, cash, check, or credit card. Please consider making a contribution to MREAâ€™s environmental education programs via the SECC. You can find us under the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation umbrella in the campaign booklet available online.
EARTH DAY SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017
MOVE SOME EARTH DAY 2017! Join us for this all-day event as we work to improve our demonstration site at the ReNew the Earth Institute in scenic Custer, WI. Weâ€™ll be working on a variety of projects to ready our site for The 28th Annual Energy Fair, June 16-18, 2017. Typical volunteer tasks include landscaping, clearing brush, preparing food for The Energy Fair, painting picnic tables, preparing the MREA garden, assisting with office work, Energy Fair promotion, and more!
Energy Fair preparation!
Weâ€™ll provide a tasty breakfast and lunch and conclude the day with dinner, drinks, and yard games. The event takes place on Saturday May 6, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and happens rain or shine. Everyone is welcome. Bring gloves, tools, outdoor work clothing, and your positive energy!
RSVP by May 2nd to win a Solar Oven!
To enter the drawing for a solar oven courtesy of Solar Oven Reflectors (www.solarovenreflectors.com) please RSVP by May 2, 2017. RSVPs begin on April 1. To RSVP, contact Kristen Yeager at 715-592-6595 ext. 111 or email@example.com with your name, address, phone number, and dietary preference (vegan, vegetarian, etc.). See you there!
7558 Deer Rd. Custer, WI 54423 See you there!
Win a Solar Oven!
Kristen Yeager firstname.lastname@example.org 715-592-6595 ext. 111
THE ANNUAL ENERGY FAIR CUSTER, WI Each year, MREA holds The Energy Fair the third weekend in June, thanks to help from over 300 excellent volunteers. Volunteers are needed in the weeks leading up to The Energy Fair and during The Energy Fair. Interested in volunteering? Sign up online at: www.TheEnergyFair.org/volunteer.
THE NEW ENERGY FAIR IN ST. PAUL, MN In 2017, we are holding a second Energy Fair in the Twin Cities! The Fair will be held the second weekend in September 2017 at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul, MN. We are seeking volunteers to help out with this new event. Sign up online at: www.TheEnergyFair.org/volunteer
VOLUNTEER 365 TEAM MREA is looking to develop a local team of volunteers eager to help throughout the year. Volunteer tasks include preparing mailings, filing, data entry, exhibitor research, and many other fun tasks as they arise. If you live in Central Wisconsin and would be interested in joining our Volunteer 365 Team, please RSVP to Gina at ginam@midwestrenew. org. We will send weekly emails to the group announcing potential volunteer tasks and would love any help you could provide.
INTERNSHIPS & ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES If youâ€™d like to volunteer or become an Intern for MREA outside of The Energy Fair and Move Some Earth Day, please fill out our Volunteer/Intern Request form at midwestrenew.org/volunteer. We will contact you with available opportunities.
THE STREET TEAM MREA can always use help getting the word out; become part of our street team! Let us know if you have the ability to poster or distribute our publications for us.
ADAM MEHR Certificate Program Coordinator
Adam coordinates the MREA’s Site Assessment and PV Design & Sales certificate programs and works alongside MREA’s training team, students, and partners to grow a regional renewable energy workforce. Prior to working at the MREA, Adam spent two years supporting nonprofit solar energy efforts in his home state of Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
ALLISON LINDQUIST Events Coordinator
Allison coordinates The Energy Fair! She is a great initial contact for any question or comment relating to The Energy Fair such as exhibiting, presenting, or volunteering. Allison is an advocate for local food and sustainable living. She is a full-blown foodie who spends time strengthening the local food system through personal food choices and supporting local food in Marshfield restaurants. She likes to grow or forage her own food or buy it from someone in the community who did.
AMIEE WETMORE Operations Director
With MREA since 2011, Amiee takes part in everything from event exhibitor registrations and outreach, event planning, Human Resources, audit preparations, annual reporting, grant reporting, and more. She graduated from UW-La Crosse with a Sociology major, Psychology minor, Photography minor, and focus in Environmental Studies. In 2014 & 2015, she attended UWPlatteville to get a certificate in Human Resource Management and in 2016 became certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) with the HR Certification Institute – HRCI. Amiee’s ideal day would begin with food and lead into photographing while foraging, and end with more food while binge watching some epic (or just epically bad) television.
DEVON CUPERY Outreach Coordinator
As Outreach Coordinator, Devon works with staff and community members to promote MREA’s renewable energy courses, The Energy Fair, and year-round programs. She also leads tours of MREA. Devon is a graduate of MREA’s Solar Training Academy and holds a NABCEP Associate Program solar credential. Before coming to MREA, Devon worked as a producer at 371 Productions, making the documentary “Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff,” an investigative doc for Al Jazeera America’s award-winning documentary series “Fault Lines”. Devon graduated from Brown University with a BS in Environmental Science. A violinist and guitar player, Devon has played in a range of musical groups, from Spanish guitar to bluegrass and klezmer. She enjoys cooking and going for walks.
GINA MIRESSE Development Director
As Development Director, Gina works to expand MREA’s ever-growing community of members and donors, creating a network of sustainability enthusiasts who keep pushing the clean energy envelope. She first volunteered for The Energy Fair in 2004 and joined as staff in 2008, serving various roles over the years. Before coming to MREA, Gina earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Boise State University. She has served as a grant reviewer for the Wisconsin Environmental Eduction Board and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Foundation. She’s a strong advocate for sustainable living and wellness, and equally adores the arts. She is a classically trained ballet dancer and holds her Pilates Teacher Certification through Balanced Body University. Gina loves spending time with her family, enjoys hiking and gardening, and is a great admirer of chocolate cake.
GRETA LADENTHIN Office Administrator
After leaving the MREA a couple years ago to pursue a career in the medical field, Great is back where her heart belongs! At MREA Greta assists with the daily office tasks part-time. When not a MREA Greta is busy with her natural and nontoxic cleaning business, Flower Power Cleaning. She grew up in near Hayward, WI and moved to the area to attend UWSP. Greta graduated in 2004 with a BS in Geography, Minor Environmental Studies and never left the area. In 2012, she went back to school to earn her technical diploma as a Surgical Technician and, now she’s back at the MREA part time while I work on building her own eco-friendly cleaning company in the Stevens Point, WI area. She lives in a home that doubles as a dog grooming/training facility in Stevens Point, with her partner and his son. They have a small zoo consisting of three dogs and three cats; there is never a dull moment!
JANE COWAN Market Research Coordinator
As Market Research Coordinator, Jane is focused on developing new solar market pathways for MREA through higher education investment in solar energy, industry partnerships, and spatial analysis. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management where she earned a Master of Environmental Science and Management. Specializing in Conservation Planning, she worked with Defenders of Wildlife and the Conservation Biology Institute to develop a decision support tool combining agricultural, conservation, and solar developer interests to identify areas for utility-scale solar energy development in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Back in the Midwest, Jane is one of the founding staff members of MREA’s St. Paul office and is relearning the joy of seasons through her heightened affinity for fireplaces, hot cider, and car heating. Outside of the office, she can be found hiking, biking, foraging, cooking, camping, and hunting for the perfect cheese curd basket.
JENNY HEINZEN Training Programs Coordinator
Jenny writes and edits curriculum for the MREA, organizes and facilitates the course schedule, and teaches many of the PV and wind online courses. Jenny has been with the MREA as a part-time instructor since 2006 and started her full-time position in 2012. Before coming to the MREA, she worked for the Wisconsin Technical College System.
JULIE BRAZEAU Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator
Julie is the Solar Technical Assistance Coordinator for the MREA. She served a fiveyear electrical construction apprenticeship working primarily on commercial and industrialscale projects and holds a Master Electrician and a Commercial Inspector credential in the state of Wisconsin. Julie is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer Emeritus as well as an IREC Certified PV Installation Instructor and teaches advanced Photovoltaic courses for the MREA, including inspector training.
KAITLYN KOHL Communications Coordinator
Kaitlyn coordinates our communication efforts, giving voice to our programs, initiatives, and events. She organizes and designs our semiannual ReNews publication. Kaitlyn is a graduate of MREA’s Solar Training Academy and holds a NABCEP Associate Program solar credential. She’s earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Like the leaves, Kaitlyn’s hobbies change with the seasons. She takes advantage of all the outdoor adventures that come with living in the North County.
KRISTEN YEAGER Marshfield Clinic - AmeriCorps, Volunteer Coordinator
Kristen Yeager is the new Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps member serving as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association until August 31, 2017. She will be your go to person for volunteering at MREA’s Annual Energy Fair in Custer, WI and will be helping to build MREA’s returning volunteer base.
LEON DULAK Site Manager
Leon, a gentleman of many trades, has worked with MREA on and off since 2011 and even before that has been volunteering each year at The Energy Fair. He has tackled the Program Development Assistant position, The Energy Fair Assistant position, Training Assistant position, and now the Site Manager position. Known as the fish whisperer, Leon spends his spare time on, in, and around the water. If you ask him to take you fishing you better come prepared because he is not a “fair weather angler.”
NICK HYLLA Executive Director
Nick Hylla is the Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association where he works in partnership with organizations throughout the Midwest to advance renewable energy education and market development in initiatives. Nick holds an MS degree in natural resource management, has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit leadership, and serves as the Principal Investigator on two US Dept. of Energy cooperative agreements as part of the SunShot Initiative. These efforts, focused on reducing cost and increasing market penetration for solar PV systems, have supported the development of the Midwest Grow Solar Partnership and the Solar University Network. Over the past ten years, Nick has worked for the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, and the Wisconsin Forest Resources Education Alliance developing and managing educational programs. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, has a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the UWStevens Point, and is active in the local food movement in Central Wisconsin as the Chair of the non-profit educational organization Central Rivers Farmshed.
PETER MURPHY Solar Program Manager
Peter works with communities and industry professionals to develop the solar market throughout the Midwest. This includes education, training, outreach, and program development. He helped launch the Milwaukee Solar Group Buys in 2013 as a community organizer. He sits on the board of directors for the Riverwest Public House Cooperative and the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance in Milwaukee, WI. He has an MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee and BAs in Political Science and English from DePaul University.
SANDY CRAWFORD Bookkeeper
Sandy is our bookkeeper, meaning she handles the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll at MREA. Sandy is from Stevens Point and graduated from the UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Sandy met her husband of 15 years while attending college and now has two children. Outside of her day job, Sandy enjoys being a mom to her two children and driving them to their many activities. In her free time, Sandy can be found biking, walking, working in her flower gardens, and – on the weekends – at her family cabin in northern Wisconsin fishing on the dock or tending to the campfire.
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The Midwest Renewable Energy Association
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