Our Custer, Wisconsin office is our demonstration site, educational facility, location of The Energy Fair, and serves as our headquarters. It’s powered by an assortment of renewable systems including solar electric, solar hot water, solar hot air, wind, and EV charging. Stop by or schedule a tour to learn more about the energy-efficiency technologies on site!
7558 Deer Road, Custer, WI 54423
We love when folks drop in for a visit, to ask questions, take a tour, or just say hi. Our headquarters at the ReNew The Earth Institute (REI) are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We’re located at 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI 54423.
One of Wisconsin’s first Travel Green Destinations, the REI is a 4,200 square foot building located on 20 rolling acres. We generate 100% of our electricity from renewable energy systems. The REI incorporates energy-efficient features, including passive solar design, energy-efficient light fixtures, solar hot air, roof and ground mounted solar PV arrays, in-floor radiant heat, timber framed lobby, masonry heater, and much more.
We provide tours to groups and individuals. Please call 715-592-6595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule group tours. We invite folks of all ages to visit the MREA, view our renewable systems, and learn about renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living.
We offer year-round camping at the REI as a low-cost alternative for course attendees. There are 20 rustic tent sites nestled north of the REI in a wooded area with raspberries, elderberries, and Norway pines. Tent and RV camping cost is $20/night. RV spaces are available in the field in front of the REI. Course participants can purchase camping upon arrival at the front desk.
REI camping amenities include:
- 24-hour access to indoor showers and restrooms for course participants
- Access to workshop kitchen during office hours (roughly 8am-5pm)
- Access to permaculture courtyard
- Picnic tables
*Sorry no pets or campfires are allowed on site.
Please note this camping area is closed during The Energy Fair, alternatively, Fair goers can make reservations in our Back 40 Campground.
Local Lodging Options
Host your next event at our site! Nestled in the rolling hills of rural Custer, WI, our ReNew the Earth Institute is a Certified Travel Green Wisconsin Site, with indoor and outdoor rental space. Call our site manager for a tour: 715-592-6595.
Our site is great for:
- Renewing your vows… or taking them for the first time
- Renewing your relationships with a reunion
- Renewing your fun with a party
MREA Members are eligible for site rental discounts. Join today!
- Family, Business, and Individual Members – $50 off
- Lifetime Members – $100 off
Contact MREA at 715-592-6595 with questions or to arrange an event rental.
Facilities and Equipment Rentals
We have the following facilities and equipment for Rent:
- North building
- Education Room
- Conference Room
- Picnic Tables
- Wireless Internet
- LCD Projector (Mounted in Conference Room)
- Others Upon Request
Contact MREA at 715-592-6595 with questions or to arrange facility or equipment rentals.