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September 6-9, 2016
Learn all about wind energy at our upcoming training week! Come to the MREA and learn the basics of wind systems, or practice advanced climbing and repair skills. Join our expert instructors Jenny Heinzen and Brandon Naylor for high-quality, affordable training.
Our next round of online solar courses starts August 8! Take your solar training to the next level or learn the basics with our leading instructors, online at your own pace:
8/15 - 9/11: PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) Online
8/29 - 9/25: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.06) Online
9/12 - 11/6: PV System Design (PV 202) Online
9/12 - 9/25: 2014 NEC Update for PV (PV 614) Online
The 7 keynote videos from The Energy Fair are now on YouTube! This year's videos feature improved sound and video quality.
Or, link directly to each speaker's video:
- Nomi Prins, acclaimed financial expert & author
- John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
- J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy
- Mike Hornitschek, Director of Strategic Development, StraightUpSolar
- Sandrine Mubenga, Engineer and CEO of SMIN Power Group
- Tony Schultz, organic farmer and owner of Stoney Acres Farm
- Tim Wilhelm, professor at Kankakee Community College
Seventeen home and business owners in the Milwaukee area have helped reach the Milwaukee Shines and Solar Shorewood solar group buy program's first benchmark of 50 kW of solar contracts. The programs are a result of the City of Milwaukee’s and Village of Shorewood’s partnerships with MREA. The meeting of this benchmark means that participants will see an even further decrease on the costs of their solar installations. The programs are on track to pass their second benchmark of 100 kW before the deadline of August 31st. Do you live in the Milwaukee area and want to go solar? Attend the following Solar Power Hour information session:
Featured image: one of the first installs of the program on Ben Lefort's Bay View home.
A record number of NABCEP approved continuing education credits (CECs) were obtained by solar professionals at MREA’s 27th Annual Energy Fair. Over 180 solar professionals took advantage of free educational sessions over the duration of the Fair. Thanks to sponsors WERNER Electric (WI and MN), and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, the MREA was able to provide 25 course options lead by the industry’s top manufacturers and distributors for a total of 504 hours of CECs completed, three times the amount of CECs than last year.
Roger Garton, Technical Director at the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), is a recent NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. Garton has been participating in the Fair for seven years and says, “The MREA Energy Fair is the largest gathering of knowledge and access to professional educators anywhere in the Midwest. ”Garton who in addition to exhibiting at the Fair also volunteers in the Silent Auction comments, “To have so many training options to choose from and the ability to attain NABCEP
credits at an event this affordable is almost unheard of in the solar industry today.”
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