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MREA Online Course: Basic Photovoltaics

June 25, 2018 to July 22, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses a combination of presentations, assignments, quizzes, and webinars to teach the basics of solar electricity. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, compare and contrast different PV system types, identify necessary components, and understand the best applications for (and limitations of) each system type. Other topics include evaluating the solar window, investigating energy efficiency recommendations, and researching system costs.

ACEEE International Symposium on Energy Efficiency

June 26, 2018

Join the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, DC to learn about energy efficiency practices in 25 of the world's largest energy-consuming countries, including the United States. ACEEE will release their biannual International Scorecard and speakers from around the globe will discuss the findings and lessons learned from high-performing countries.

MREA Online Course: PV System Design

July 02, 2018 to August 26, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses presentations, assignments, and quizzes to teach participants the basic step-by-step process of designing a utility-interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Participants will use site assessments, design and component proposals, and case studies to learn about selecting equipment, system sizing, layout planning, array siting, and other design considerations.

MREA Course: Small Wind Turbine Design & Construction Workshop

July 09, 2018 to July 14, 2018

Build a wind turbine from scratch in this six-day workshop. The turbine(s) constructed in class are ideal for those who are interested in building their own wind power systems for fun, to save money, or for generating power in the developing world.

M-WERC: Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, and Smart Factories

July 19, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The meeting will explore the role of sensors, controls, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), and systems intelligence in shaping the future of how technology is driving advancements. In the afternoon, the M-WERC Smart Cities Technologies working group will present a half-day long workshop as well.

Solar Power International

September 24, 2018 to September 27, 2018

Solar Power International draws over 20,000 professionals in solar energy and related fields, including more than 1,000 international attendees. Over 750 companies representing the entire solar industry spectrum will exhibit at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

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MREA: The Energy Fair

Friday, June 15, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018

Join the MREA in Custer, WI to learn about clean energy and sustainability at the organization's annual event, The Energy Fair. The Fair will include over 200 interactive workshops and exhibits as well as keynote speakers, live music, and local food offerings. Attendees are empowered to support renewable energy and efficiency, clean transportation options, and sustainable living.

Sierra Club: Transitioning to Clean Energy in Wisconsin

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sierra Club will lead a discussion in Appleton, WI on transitioning Wisconsin to clean energy. Across the state the highest numbers of solar group-buy programs were implemented last year. Sierra Club-John Muir Chapter strives to continue this momentum in partnership with SunVest Solar. For project-specific details, Catie Malceski of SunVest Solar will explore the costs and benefits of going solar thru the Sierra Club’s solar homes program.

M-WERC: Energy Storage Global Innovation Forum

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to Wednesday, June 13, 2018
This conference in Milwaukee will include in-depth presentations and panel discussions examining the latest and most promising advances in grid-level and on-site storage, business models for various deployment scenarios, and success strategies for stakeholders across the energy spectrum. Utility-grade storage advances and residential/behind-the-meter applications will be examined in depth over the two-day event. 

MREA Online Course: PV Exam Prep

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018

This six-hour, online course is designed for those ready to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam, or any entry-level exam in photovoltaics. Instructors will discuss test-taking strategies, review the logistics of NABCEP exams, and use practice questions to prepare you for test day.

Energy Innovation Summit

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation is hosting a two-day summit where participants will engage with state and federal expert panelists from the energy industry. Day one consists of the Biogas and the Geothermal Roundtables where day two includes a government panel that will address topics from market development and data driven leadership to program and project planning and project development and financing.

MREA Course: Roof Mount PV System Design & Installation Lab

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to Thursday, May 24, 2018

This two-day course offers hands-on training where participants will learn how to correctly design, size, and select system components for a PV array, and identify National Electric Code (NEC) requirements that pertain to such installations. Safety procedures, system layout considerations, component specifications, electrical calculations, mechanical integration best practices, and troubleshooting techniques will be covered in-depth while designing, installing, and commissioning a grid-tied, roof-mounted PV system. 

MREA Course: PV Labs & Design Scenarios

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This eight-hour course offered in Custer, WI is designed to demonstrate PV system design principles learned in PV System Design (PV 202) through construction of two portable lab systems. Participants will work from line diagrams and component specification sheets to build a grid-interconnected PV system and a battery-based PV system. After assembly, students will verify proper mechanical and electrical connections and commission each system. In addition, students will work in small teams to develop PV system designs that meet site analysis, system sizing, and configuration requirements given in several design scenarios.

MREA Course: Safety & Best Practices for PV Installers

Monday, May 21, 2018

This two-hour course in Custer, WI covers basic safety and ergonomic best practices for those who are currently, or planning to become a PV installer. It includes many of the task steps listed in the NABCEP PV Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA).

MREA Course: Navigating the National Electrical Code

Monday, May 21, 2018

This six-hour course offered in Custer, WI introduces learners to the National Electrical Code (NEC). Designed for first-time users and beginning or non-electricians, this course explores the layout, format, and language of the Code. Participants will become familiar with the contents of the NEC by exploring Chapters, Articles, and Tables, and will learn how to effectively navigate the NEC.

MREA Online Course: Basic Photovoltaics

Monday, May 21, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses a combination of presentations, assignments, quizzes, and webinars to teach the basics of solar electricity. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, compare and contrast different PV system types, identify necessary components, and understand the best applications for (and limitations of) each system type. Other topics include evaluating the solar window, investigating energy efficiency recommendations, and researching system costs.

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