Dear MREA Supporters & Friends,
In many ways, this past year has been particularly good for MREA. Not only have our efforts been successful (as evidenced in this report), but after a few years of net losses, our financial performance is strongly positive. We have been investing in our staff and programs over the last five years to meet the needs of the growing solar market in the Midwest. As a result, we’ve seen increased participation in our professional training, solar group buy programs, solar technical assistance programs, and membership. We’ve also seen an increase in donations to expand our impact.
The success and support make us grateful and energized. It has us looking forward and thinking big. It has us leaning in and feeling optimistic. And, it has us prepared to give back.
For MREA, the next year will be defined by us giving back. We have two goals: empower cities to deploy and facilitate local solar development, and support solar projects that help people who need it most. With support from our members and donors, the Couillard Solar Foundation, the US Dept. of Energy Solar Energy Technology Office, and a growing list of private foundations, we have rejuvenating wind in our sails.
We look forward to working with you in this effort and appreciate everyone who has helped us provide clean energy education. It may be our 30th Anniversary this coming year, but we are just getting started.
Nick Hylla, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Association