Learn more about Milwaukee's Solar East Side Group Buy

What is a Solar Group Buy? A solar group buy is when community members form a group and use their collective buying power to save on the total cost of going solar. The Solar East Side program can help Milwaukee residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume purchasing. 

Join us for the kick off information session for Solar East Side!

Thursday, May 21st
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Colectivo on Prospect Ave.
Free & open to the public!

Or come to one of our future Solar East Side info sessions.

Learn more about the Group Buy.


Take a course before or during The Energy Fair!

The Energy Fair is almost here, and we're ready to serve your educational needs all the way up to, and during the big event. Get off the computer and come visit us in beautiful Central Wisconsin for one or more of our popular, NABCEP-approved courses this June:

Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction - aka "Homebrew Wind" (W 306)

Design and build a small wind turbine from scratch! Wind the coils, insert the magnets, cast the rotor and stator, carve the wooden blades, and fabricate and weld the frame and tail of the machine in this six-day, hands-on workshop. "This was the best course I've ever taken with the MREA!" - Tim Wilhelm, Kankakee Community College

PV Sales and Finance (PV 203)

Examine the costs and benefits of PV systems in this one-day course at UWSP on June 18. Determine utility bill savings, cash flow, payback periods, financing options, and program incentives by using the MREA PV Financial Modeling tool and completing a financial assessment of an example PV system. 

2014 National Electrical Code Update for PV Systems (PV 614)

Spend four hours on Friday at The Energy Fair learning about important changes in the 2014 NEC, including the new "Rapid Shutdown" rule in Article 690, and evolving interconnection requirements in Article 705. Bring your copy of the 2014 Code and spend an afternoon in the Education Room with fellow PV professionals and electricians.


Extended Workshop Sales Now Open for The 2015 Energy Fair

The Energy Fair offers hundreds of 1 hour, free education workshops, but did you know we also offer more in depth extended workshops? 

This year we're pleased to offer the following:

  • Aquaculture Technologies for Small Farms and Schools
  • Bringing Batteries into Renewable Energy Systems: How, When, Why?
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Homebrew Wind
  • Living Off-Grid
  • Masonry Heater Construction for the Novice Builder
  • The Testing and Troubleshooting of Alternative Energy Wiring Systems

Each 3-Hour Extended Workshop is only $30.00. Click here to see more information and to sign up!


Announcing The Energy Fair Keynote Speakers

Jon Wellinghoff

Jon Wellinghoff
Immediate Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Friday, June 19, 1:00 p.m.

Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy expert and energy law attorney. As Chairman of the FERC, he advocated for a stronger national power grid through the use of renewable energy. Read More


Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman
Host of Democracy Now!

Saturday, June 20, 1:00 p.m.

Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and the host of Democracy Now!, airing on more than 800 public television and radio stations worldwide. Read More


Atina Diffley

Atina Diffley
Author of Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

Sunday, June 21, 1:00 p.m.

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, educator, activist, and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming WorksRead More


Eric Callisto

Eric Callisto - introducing Jon Wellinghoff
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Friday, June 19, 1:00 p.m.

Eric Callisto is a partner in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where his practice focuses on energy, utility, and environmental matters. Read More


Sarah Lloyd

Sarah Lloyd
Farmer and Wisconsin Farmers Union Representative

Saturday, June 20, 9:00 a.m.

Sarah is a dairy farmer and organizer, working off-farm with the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Midwest CSA Conference, and the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative.
Read More


Save Money and Purchase Your Energy Fair Tickets Before June 5!

NEW this year, we are offering discounted day and weekend passes when you purchase them before June 5. Take advantage of these great discounts, and buy your tickets today for this year’s Energy Fair, June 19-21, 2015.

Bonus: Volunteer or join as an MREA Member and get in FREE! Register to help as a volunteer or support the MREA as a member.

Reduced Rates:

1-Day Admission
Adult: $10 ($15 at the Gate)
Student with ID/Senior (65 and up): $8 ($10 at the Gate)
Youth (13-18): $8 ($10 at the Gate)
Evening Entertainment: $10
Youth 12 and under: FREE

Weekend Admission
Adult: $26 ($35 at the Gate)
Student with ID/Senior (65 and up): $15 ($20 at the Gate)
Youth (13-18): $15 ($20 at the Gate)
Youth 12 and under: FREE

More opportunities you’ll want to register for in advance include:  

Celebrate Father’s Day with us and treat your dad to something new this year! Any dad who comes to The Energy Fair with his child(ren) gets FREE admission on Sunday, June 21.

Pre-Fair Guide released! View it today for a sneak peak of this year's Energy Fair.