Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

MREA Online Course: Introduction to Wind Systems

April 23, 2018 to May 20, 2018

This self-paced online course uses a combination of recorded presentations, topic resources, webinars, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of wind electric systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design, sizing, and siting of wind energy systems.

***Wisconsin Local Government Summit on Energy and Resilience

April 23, 2018 to April 24, 2018

The Wisconsin Local Government Summit: Leading the Charge is designed for municipal officials and staff, school board and committee members, and local groups working on energy to explore practical approaches to and emerging issues in clean energy and resilience in Wisconsin communities. Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy and partners, the program includes 2 days, each tailored to a specific audience.

Day 1 (April 23) for facilities managers, sustainability officers, energy managers, city planners, public works staff, sustainability & energy committee members - a half-day of practical interactive breakout workshops. Workshops cover transportation, community resilience, workforce development, and energy efficiency. Consider registering two staff to cover more sessions. Then come to the evening reception! All attendees will receive access to presentations from all sessions, regardless of those attended.

Day 2 (April 24) geared to local elected officials, this day features panels and speakers exploring local leadership and planning on clean energy and resilience, solar energy financing, and advanced energy systems of the (not too distant) future. These big-picture sessions will benefit anyone interested in learning more about these current and emerging energy issues in Wisconsin.

Seventhwave: Blowers and controls: new wastewater treatment plant technologies

April 24, 2018
8:00 am

This course from Seventhwave will cover the basics of blower operation and energy use for wastewater treatment, explore the latest blower and control technologies, and provide an opportunity to tour the Sun Prairie Wastewater Treatment Plant. Additional topics covered include: technology selection and system scaling, integration of new technologies in existing systems, and energy cost analysis.

DOE Better Buildings Webinar: Advanced Energy Design Guidelines for K-12 Schools

April 25, 2018
1:00 pm

This webinar will review the recently released Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (AEDG). Recognizing that many schools have limited staff and resources, the AEDG provides step-by-step direction to support elementary, middle, and high schools in their pursuit of zero energy performance goals for deep retrofits and new construction projects. The technical guidance should enable school districts to take energy-efficiency goals from concept to fruition, and is meant to complement existing resources and strategies. Join this webinar if you are an educator, administrator, architect, engineer, or other buildings operations professional who is interested in pursuing zero energy schools or has experience in zero energy projects.

EPA Webinar: Introduction to the Local Government Solar Project Portal

April 25, 2018
12:00 pm

Join EPA to learn about how you can take advantage of the resources that EPA, NREL, and DOE offer, participate in targeted trainings with experienced local governments and industry experts, and share your experiences with other local governments. EPA will also introduce the Local Government Solar Project Portal which provides tools and resources to aid local governments through each step of the project development pathway. 

Seventhwave Webinar: Small commercial sector: beyond lighting program strategies

April 25, 2018
11:00 am

The small commercial sector is historically difficult to reach due to diversity in business types and other market barriers. As federal lamp standards become more stringent and market penetration of efficient products grows, lighting-only programs will have increasing difficulty achieving savings goals. Seventhwave will present research that provides a holistic look at energy savings beyond lighting in the small commercial sector. Using data from surveys and in-depth site visits, we identify common characteristics and recommend program strategies for increased participation in energy efficiency programs.

CREATE Webinar: The New North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certifications

April 27, 2018
11:00 am
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a certification organization for renewable energy professionals, specialists, and those new to the areas of photovoltaics, solar heating, and small wind technologies. This webinar, offered by the Center For Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE) will provide an overview of NABCEP and how its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative developed three new specialty certifications in PV Design, PV Installer, and PV Commissioning & Maintenance. Topics to be covered include:
• Process NABCEP follows to develop industry related certifications.
• Overview of the PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist certifications.
• Eligibility pathways to take the specialty certification exams and how the certifications can promote careers, visibility, and public image of the renewable energy industry.
• How certifications benefit the PV market, consumers, and other renewable energy stakeholders. 
• NABCEP’s Course Catalog and how it is designed to help candidates find the right training courses to earn a NABCEP certification, recertify, or find relevant information so that they can remain informed about changes in the renewable energy industry. 

Midwest Solar Expo

April 30, 2018 to May 02, 2018

The 2018 Midwest Solar Expo returns to Minneapolis for its 5th annual conference, exhibition and Smart Energy Symposium. Join us as we continue to drive the conversation on the Midwest solar market – gain insights from industry experts, receive hands-on product training, enjoy Happy Hour and entertainment while networking with 400+ solar professionals from across the value chain.

MREA: Advanced PV Installation Workshop - MREA Carport

April 30, 2018 to May 04, 2018

In this five-day workshop in Custer, WI, students will participate in both lecture and hands-on installation activities to construct a 19.4 kW PV canopy structure. Participants will work as part of a crew led by a professional installation team that has been installing PV systems since 1979. Lecture topics include site safety, system design, component sizing, equipment selection, structural considerations, installation best practices, and National Electrical Code requirements.

Note: This course contains a prerequisite of Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) or equivalent training. If you'd like to take PV 101 before the workshop begins, please contact Jenny Heinzen ( or 715-592-6595 x-108) to get enrolled in an online course that works with your schedule. 


Energy Events ARCHIVE

ACEEE Webinar: Incorporating Energy Efficiency-Driven Pollution Reductions into State Implementation Plans

Friday, April 20, 2018

On Thursday, April 19, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will release a new report, Mission Attainment: Incorporating Pollution Reductions from Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans. The report identifies geographic areas where energy efficiency can deliver the greatest pollution reductions to help states to comply with federal air quality regulations. Join ACEEE  for an overview of the analysis and report findings, tools available to states for incorporating energy efficiency in state implementation plans, and additional areas beyond NAAQS where energy efficiency can help states to meet air quality goals.

UW Engineering Professional Development Course: Certification Orientation/Review and Examination for Accredited Commissioning Process Provider

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018

Become an Accredited Commissioning Process Provider with a commissioning certification from UW-Madison. UW-Madison commissioning certifications offer you recognition for your knowledge of the ASHRAE Commissioning Process through a combination of courses and an examination.  Additional certification options are available with proof of professional experience. 

UW Engineering Professional Development Course: The Commissioning Process for Existing Buildings

Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018

Course attendees will learn an effective approach to access the potential benefits of commissioning existing buildings, and develop a plan to identify opportunities and execute activities in all phases for existing buildings and retro-commissioning programs. You will also learn how to implement a campus, city, or corporate-wide commissioning process program. The cost and benefits of the process, and the role in performance contracts for energy and retro-commissioning programs, will be discussed.

M-WERC: Energy Efficiency Conference

Thursday, April 19, 2018

This Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) event will explore topics related to energy efficiency including energy efficiency trends and programs in the Midwest, industrial energy efficiency, commercial building energy efficiency, and energy efficiency policy. The event will be followed by a luncheon for organizations interested in dialogue and discussions on industrial energy efficiency topics. The meeting will be held at the M-WERC Energy Innovation Center in Milwaukee.

Getting to Zero National Forum

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to Thursday, April 19, 2018

Three days of tours, workshops, networking, interactive sessions and thought leadership about the growing trend toward zero energy (ZE) buildings. Luminaries in this field will set the stage with a vision for the future of the built environment. Policymakers and practitioners will highlight the strategies for catalyzing a transformation to ZE performance.

International Biomass Conference & Expo

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The International Biomass Conference & Expo connects current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels, and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. More than 120 exhibitors are expected at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

MREA Online Course: Basic Photovoltaics

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 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.

International Biomass Conference: Live Stream

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The International Biomass Conference & Expo connects current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels, and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. For those unable to attend the conference in Atlanta, Live GotoWebinar streams of entire topic tracks and pre-conference sessions are available for purchase. Available tracks/sessions include: 

Biomass Carbonization and Torrefaction Summit 
Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop 
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass 
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

UW Engineering Professional Development Course: The Commissioning Process for Delivering Quality Constructed Projects

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This practical course will show you why the Commissioning Process (CxP) provides consistent, cost-effective, and successful delivery of new buildings and constructed projects, and enhances productivity of existing buildings. You will learn how to implement an effective and successful quality design and construction approach that incorporates the commissioning process, and learn why the commissioning process is ideal for innovative buildings, new systems, and complex facilities.

UW-Madison Engineering Professional Development Course: National Electrical Code

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This course is designed to help you work safely and more efficiently by applying the 2017 National Electrical Code to your daily work. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to design electrical systems that are code-compliant, keeping in mind the liabilities associated with noncompliance. The course also touches on how the NEC is organized, changes from previous editions, requirements for new and existing installations, “how to design” information for electrical systems, and valuable information on how the NEC relates to other standards.