MREA - The Milwaukee Office

Milwaukee Solar Group Buy Programs

Solar East Side Group Buy is happening now!  

What is a Solar Group Buy? A solar group buy is when community members form a group and use their collective buying power to save on the total cost of going solar. The Solar East Side program can help Milwaukee residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume purchasing. 

Final Solar East Side info session:


7/9  Thursday 6pm
Colectivo - Prospect
2211 N Prospect Ave.

All info sessions are free and open to the public!

Home and business owners in Milwaukee neighborhoods have had the opportunity to take advantage of record low solar pricing through a series of limited-time solar group purchase programs. These Milwaukee Solar Group Buys are programs that can help residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume-purchasing.

The MREA partners with the City of Milwaukee's Milwaukee Shines program and the Riverwest Coop Alliance to host information sessions in neighborhoods around the city. Successful programs have been run in Riverwest, Bay View, Layton Boulevard West and Washington Heights.  Stay tuned for a spring/summer solar group buy program for Milwaukee's East Side neighborhoods!

Download our Solar East Side poster and share it with the community. 






Solar LBWN & Washington Heights (2014): 13 home & business owners installed 48 kW

Solar Bay View (2014): 38 homeowners installing 138 kW

Solar Riverwest (2013): 17 homeowners installing 52 kW

Total Milwaukee Installs = 238 kW



  • Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood Association
  • Washington Heights Neighborhood Association
  • Bay View Neighborhood Association
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Colectivo Coffee
  • Anodyne Coffee
  • Milwaukee Public Libraries
  • Sugar Maple
  • Kochanski's Concertina Bar
  • Riverwest Public House Cooperative


Upcoming Milwaukee Courses


The MREA Solar Academy is coming to Milwaukee!

Dates:  January 10 - May 30, 2015

The MREA's Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that will walk students through the PV design & installation process. The format of the Solar Training Academy will be MREA's class progression that will include: Basic Photovoltaics, PV Site Assessor, Intermediate PV, PV Design Lab, and PV Sales & Finance.

Click here for more information, details on continuing education, travel and accomodations information and maps!


 Saturday, October 3, 2015

Learn about renewable energy, green building techniques, and sustainable living ideas from the people who own, live in, or work in businesses and homes around Wisconsin. Stay tuned for a listing of early fall Solar Tour sites or plan to visit the MREA headquarters at ReNew the Earth Institute in Custer, just seven miles east of Stevens Point. 



The MREA Milwaukee office is located in the shared office space of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium at 1845 N. Farwell Avenue, Suite 100. Check out the activities of other awesome Milwaukee area organizations through the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium.

Further Training and Resources

Rent a Solar Pathfinder

Would you like to get a cursory overview of your home’s solar window? Do you need to complete your practice site assessments for your MREA Site Assessor Certification? You might want to consider renting an MREA Solar Pathfinder!

The MREA Milwaukee office has Solar Pathfinders available for rent. The Pathfinder Rental only occurs at the Milwaukee office, and is a benefit for MREA members only. The Solar Pathfinder can be rented from the MREA Milwaukee office for a total of 10 days. The cost of the 10-day rental of the Solar Pathfinder is $50. Contact the MREA Milwaukee office to schedule a rental via email or call 414-431-2830.