Energy Fair Keynote Videos on YouTube

The 7 keynote videos from The Energy Fair are now on YouTube! This year's videos feature improved sound and video quality.

Watch The Energy Fair keynote videos here.

Or, link directly to each speaker's video: 


MREA's Milwaukee Area Solar Group Buy Programs Hit 50 kW

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 one of the following Solar Power Hour information sessions:

Date: Saturday, 7/17, 6pm
Location: Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St

Date: Saturday, 8/6, 11am
Location: Central Library, following the Green Roof Tour, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Click here to read the news story. 

Featured image: one of the first installs of the program on Ben Lefort's Bay View home.



Solar Professionals Earn Record Number of CECs at The Energy Fair

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.”

Read the full story here.  


Eau Claire Solar Group Buy

Affordable Solar (a solar energy citizen advocacy group of the Chippewa Valley) is partnering with MREA to bring interested home or business owners together with an installer to install solar energy on Eau Claire area rooftops. Don't miss the next solar group buy informational meeting Thursday July 14th, 2016, 6:30 pm. at the Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Drive, West Campus of Chippewa Valley Technical Center. There is no cost to attend this session.

The session includes information about:

—How rooftop solar works
—The purpose and advantage of a
group buy process
—Typical pricing and financial information
—Approximate timeline for the group buy process
—Google Earth viewing of homes or
businesses for initial determination of site viability

Individuals unable to attend, who want more information can contact Affordable Solar Chippewa Valley at


MREA is Hiring!

Would you like to be a part of the MREA team or know someone who would be a great fit? 

If so, please take a look at the following vacancies:

1. IT Administrator
Vacancy Announcement

2. Volunteer Coordinator - Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps Member*
Vacancy Announcement
meriCorps Application

*Please email with intent to apply as positions are limited and may be filled before September 1, 2016.

Apply today or forward the MREA job links to someone who you think would be interested!



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