The 26th Annual Energy Fair

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Education at The Energy Fair

The Energy Fair offers many forms of education to help you learn about all things sustainable. From the hundreds of free, 50-minute general workshops, to continuing education for licensed professionals, you're bound to stay busy all weekend:

250+ Free Workshops

Missed the workshops? We have presentations available on the MREA's Grow Solar website. These presentations focus on topics related to increasing solar on the local community and local governments.

Check out workshop line-up in the 2015 Program Guide, or download the workshop lineup PDF.

Extended Workshops

Dive a little deeper and learn more about a topic from an expert presenter by taking an Extended Workshop! Pre-registration is required. Workshops are $30, and offerings this year include the following topics:

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Aquaculture Technologies for Small Farms and Schools
Date: Saturday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: William West, Wisconsin Sustainable Aquaculture Products, LLC

Description: Discussion of on-farm research involving perch and bluegill resulting in parasite free fish, shorter grow-out windows, and increased fillet yields. Sustainable growing techniques result in applications for aquaponics, hydroponics, and school agriculture programs.

Bringing Batteries into Renewable Energy Systems: How, When, Why?
Date: Friday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Chris LaForge, Great Northern Solar

Description: Great improvements in renewable energy systems and low photovoltaic prices are making people more interested in going "off-the-grid." Are battery-based systems better than the utility grid? Find out how these systems work with or without the grid, when they are appropriate, and why batteries may be for you! We will cover system designs and planning in depth.

Herbal First Aid
Date: Saturday, June 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Description: We will take a walk and learn to identify plants that can be used to address common injuries and ailments i.e. bug bites, minor cuts and wounds, minor burns, poison ivy, etc. Participants will learn common herbs, how to use them directly, and how to prepare them for maximum benefit. Participants will leave prepared to create an herbal first aid kit of their own!

Homebrew Wind
Date: Sunday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Dan Bartmann, Otherpower and Chris Nerud, King Canyon Alternatives, LLC

Description: Wind is the most difficult renewable resource to harvest, and commercial small wind turbines are expensive. But with the right knowledge, preparation, and tools, you can build your own for far less cash...from scratch.

Living Off-Grid
Date: Sunday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions

Description: Aur 'Da Energy Mon' has lived off-grid for 18 years and empowers you to get energized with renewable energy. Learn real, fun, interesting, and low-cost ways to start living the off-grid mentality now. Start simply; start now!

Masonry Heater Construction for the Novice Builder
Date: Friday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Eric Moshier, Solid Rock Masonry

Description: We will build a SolidRock Masonry Heater kit system and finish the outside of the heater with precast concrete blocks. We will cover location, design options, code issues, and different construction techniques.

The Testing and Troubleshooting of Alternative Energy Wiring Systems
Date: Saturday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: Neil Matthes, PE, MSEE, Master Electrician, Duck Creek Engineering, Inc. and Spark Burmaster, Electrical Engineer, Environmental Options
Description:  A properly designed and installed multiple power source alternative energy system takes into account all of these factors: code compliance, grounding, electromagnetic interference, electricmagnetic field exposure and ease of maintenance. We'll use lecture and lab measurements with interactive hands-on demonstrations to illustrate these. The class has full instrumentation available, but students are encouraged to bring any of their own instruments.

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Continuing Education - Solar Professionals

MREA Course: 2014 National Electric Code Update PV 614

Date: Friday, June 19 - 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Presented by: Julie Brazeau, MREA, NABCEP Certified PV Installer, IREC Certified Instructor for Photovoltaics, WI Master Electrician
Description: This course will cover NEC 2014 changes to Articles 690 and 705, beginning with code reorganization and new definitions. We will discuss the new “Rapid Shutdown" requirement, changes for field-applied labeling, the new 1000 Volt limit for PV systems, as well as evolving grid interconnection requirements in Article 705. Register Now

 

Free Solar Professional Workshops

Earn NABCEP credits in 18 free Solar Professional workshops. See the full schedule of Solar Professional workshops, or view the list on The Energy Fair app.

Solar Professional Workshops

 

View the Solar Professional Workshop Schedule

 

 

 

Brought to you by Werner Electric

 

 

Continuing Education - Architects and Builders

New this year! Continuing education for architects and builders. Full list of offerings below. 

Intro to the Living Building Challenge (1 LEED, 1 AIA)
Friday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent
Presented by: Leah Samson-Samuel, Madison Environmental Group, LLC

Description: The Living Building Challenge is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully, and efficiently as nature's architecture.

Introduction to the GreenStar Homes Program (1 hour CE: DOLI – MN Approved, GBCI, AIA (HSW), NARI Green, NGBS)
Sunday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Orange Tent
Presented by: Brett Little, GreenHome Institute

Description: Home buyers can now search for energy tested and certified green homes that sell for a higher premium per square foot, sell faster or both. GreenStar home certification program, used by professionals, make it easy to deliver a value-added, certified green project to clients.

High Performance Wall Systems (2 AIA LU, 2 GBCI CE)
Friday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent
Presented by: Dan Johnson, David Romary, Midwest Earth Builders/Driftless Homewrights/Hearth & Sol Construction

Description: A builder's overview of the wall systems constructed from upgraded standard framed construction, to Passive House qualified, to the addition of thermal mass in new and existing construction. Framing and masonry details that improve a building’s energy efficiency will be presented and compared in performance and aesthetics. Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 2 LU. Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 2 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

Sculpting the Site for Enhanced Performance (2 AIA LU, 2 GBCI CE)
Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Pink Tent
Presented by: Amber Westerman, Amber Westerman Building Design, Mark Morgan, Bear Paw Design and Construction

Description: Create a dynamic micro-climate around your home and workplace to save money and enjoy outdoor living year round. Learn how to shape the site and orient a building for passive heating and cooling. Design overhangs, shade devices, earth-coupled foundations, and earth tubes. Build berms and landscape to redirect winter winds and capture summer breezes. Harvest rainwater for irrigation and evaporation cooling. Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 2 LU. Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 2 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

Solar Ready Construction (2 AIA LU, 2 GBCI CE)
Friday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Pink
Tent
Presented by: Jack Kluempke, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Description: Cover the basics of building solar ready homes and businesses with both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal capabilities to enable cost effective installation at some time after the building is constructed. Learn cost effective modifications during construction and discuss building codes. Ideally a system could be installed without having to change roof structures, open walls, or having to create locations for BOS components. Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 2 LU. Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 2 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

The Root River House—A Net Zero Project (1 AIA LU, 1 GBCI CE)
Saturday, June 20 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Pink
Tent
Presented by: Christi Weber, Design Coalition Architects

Description: Review the design process of the Root River House, a net-zero project in southern MN built using Passive House strategies, which result in deep energy-use reductions. Christi will discuss super-insulation, air tightness, high-performance windows and doors, passive solar design, and energy recovery ventilation. She will also review the construction process, project photos, analysis of costs, performance results, and lessons learned. Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 1 LU. Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 1 CE hour. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

Why Trees are Stronger than Wood (1 AIA LU, 1 GBCI CE)
Saturday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Pink
Tent
Presented by: Roald Gundersen, WholeTrees Architecture & Structures

Description: Whole Trees provides factory fabricated round timber frame structural assemblies, both custom and modular, with shop drawings stamped by a licensed engineer. A cost-effective alternative to engineered wood, steel, and concrete. Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 1 LU. Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 1 CE hour. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

The majority of continuing education credits brought to you by Kilowatt Sponsor Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education and a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Partner.

 

If you are interested or would like more information, contact Allison Lindquist at allisonl@midwestrenew.org or 715-592-6595 ext. 115.

Solar Instructor Summit

If you are interested or would like more information, contact Julie Brazeau at julieb@midwestrenew.org or 715-592-6595 ext. 119.