MREA - The Milwaukee Office

Milwaukee Solar Group Buy Programs

Solar East Side Group Buy is happening now!  

Installers: Download the RFP here (.docx)

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. 

Solar East Side Kick Off Information Session: Join us for the kick off information session for Solar East Side!

Thursday, May 21st

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

Future Solar East Side info sessions include:

5/21  Thursday 7pm
Colectivo - Prospect
2211 N Prospect Ave.

6/1  Monday 6pm
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E Park Place

6/11  Thursday 6pm
UW-Milwaukee INOVA
2155 N Prospect Ave.

6/16  Tuesday 6pm
East Side Library
2320 N Cramer St.

6/23  Tuesday 6pm
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E Park Place

6/28  Sunday 5pm
Colectivo - Prospect
2211 N Prospect Ave.

7/9  Thursday 6pm
Colectivo - Prospect
2211 N Prospect Ave.

All info sessions are free and open to the public!

Home and business owners in Milwaukee neighborhoods have had the opportunity to take advantage of record low solar pricing through a series of limited-time solar group purchase programs. These Milwaukee Solar Group Buys are programs that can help residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume-purchasing.

The MREA partners with the City of Milwaukee's Milwaukee Shines program and the Riverwest Coop Alliance to host information sessions in neighborhoods around the city. Successful programs have been run in Riverwest, Bay View, Layton Boulevard West and Washington Heights.  Stay tuned for a spring/summer solar group buy program for Milwaukee's East Side neighborhoods!

Download our Solar East Side poster and share it with the community. 





Solar LBWN & Washington Heights (2014): 13 home & business owners installed 48 kW

Solar Bay View (2014): 38 homeowners installing 138 kW

Solar Riverwest (2013): 17 homeowners installing 52 kW

Total Milwaukee Installs = 238 kW



  • Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood Association
  • Washington Heights Neighborhood Association
  • Bay View Neighborhood Association
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Colectivo Coffee
  • Anodyne Coffee
  • Milwaukee Public Libraries
  • Sugar Maple
  • Kochanski's Concertina Bar
  • Riverwest Public House Cooperative


Upcoming Milwaukee Courses


The MREA Solar Academy is coming to Milwaukee!

Dates:  January 10 - May 30, 2015

The MREA's Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that will walk students through the PV design & 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 & Finance.

Click here for more information, details on continuing education, travel and accomodations information and maps!


Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2014 Fall Solar Tour!

Thanks to all those who went on The Solar Tour of Milwaukee's renewable energy and green building projects on a bus sponsored by Milwaukee Shines last Saturday!

Highlights of the tour included the Clock Shadow Building's featured roof top gardens, bee hives, a regenerative elevator, rain water in the toilets and urinals, and reused materials incorporated in the rebuild; a homeowner with solar to charge their electric vehicle, a homeowner with geothermal and solar and the LEED Gold Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Bonus! We got to check out the great view of Milwaukee Brewing Co's solar thermal install from the Clock Shadow Building roof and City of Milwaukee's wind turbine!


Thank you to our sponsors:


The MREA Milwaukee office is located in the shared office space of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium at 1845 N. Farwell Avenue, Suite 100. Check out the activities of other awesome Milwaukee area organizations through the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium.

Further Training and Resources

Rent a Solar Pathfinder

Would you like to get a cursory overview of your home’s solar window? Do you need to complete your practice site assessments for your MREA Site Assessor Certification? You might want to consider renting an MREA Solar Pathfinder!

The MREA Milwaukee office has Solar Pathfinders available for rent. The Pathfinder Rental only occurs at the Milwaukee office, and is a benefit for MREA members only. The Solar Pathfinder can be rented from the MREA Milwaukee office for a total of 10 days. The cost of the 10-day rental of the Solar Pathfinder is $50. Contact the MREA Milwaukee office to schedule a rental via email or call 414-431-2830.