Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

WERCBench Labs Demo Day

December 14, 2017

WERCBench Labs technology immersive program for energy-related startups will wrap-up with the Demo Day event in Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, December 14th. Technologies that introduce innovative solutions to energy, power, and controls technologies will be showcased. This event is a “can’t miss” event for investors looking for opportunities, companies looking for talent, and innovators looking to see what’s on the horizon for the energy, power, and control industries. Graduates and team members will present their ideas and products on the evening of Thursday, December 14th, 2017.

USGBC Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Luncheon

December 15, 2017

Join the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) of Wisconsin for a year-end wrap up and networking event highlighting the Council’s 2017 accomplishments and setting the stage with goals and plans for 2018. The agenda includes interactive facility tours, a keynote speech by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, a business roundtable, and opportunities to meet and network with key industry leaders.

MREA: Photovoltaic (PV) Development for Institutions

January 01, 2018 to March 31, 2018

This 12-week online course presented by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is free to higher education institutions. The course will begin in January 2018. Coursework will cover the campus PV development process from project origination to competitive solicitation, including putting together an effective team, engaging key decision-makers, defining legal and regulatory considerations, conducting energy analyses and performing site assessments, simulating financial investments, and preparing a request for proposals (RFP) to secure private services. 

MREA Solar Training Academy

January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association's Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes providing students with cutting-edge solar technical training. Held in Milwaukee, topics include photovoltaic (PV) fundamentals, PV site assessment practices, and design principles and considerations.

Upon academy completion, students qualify to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Exam.

MEEA Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

February 07, 2018 to February 09, 2018

The 2018 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) will be held in downtown Chicago. The conference unites more than 650 of the region's leaders and innovators in energy efficiency for three days of educational panels and networking. This annual event celebrates industry accomplishments and looks ahead at the changing policy landscape and latest tecnological breakthroughs.

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.

Energy Events ARCHIVE

U.S. Energy Storage Summit

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 to Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The U.S. Energy Storage Summit brings together utilities, financiers, regulators, technology innovators, and storage practitioners for two days of data-intensive presentations, analyst-led panel sessions with industry leaders, and extensive networking opportunities. The event will begin with an overview of the current energy storage market on both sides of the meter, examining utility strategies, policies, and market designs. On Day 2, attendees will take a closer look at emerging technologies, business models, and financing strategies. 

Seventhwave Webinar: Electric Submeters: Market and Technology Trends

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thanks to technology trends such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing and the use of mobile devices; the business case for submeters is expanding. These crucial informants offer granular energy consumption data. That data feeds energy management software and services which reveal actionable insights and enable facility and organizational changes.

This Seventhwave webinar will discuss strategies that can help to: articulate the benefits of submetering if applied and used effectively, discuss the different technologies available for submetering, explain the challenges associated with submeter deployment, and describe the results of submetering.

What Does Energy Storage Success Look Like?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

This webinar, hosted by Greentech Media, will explore how battery energy storage technology has changed over the past decade and what innovations are on the horizon. Topics covered include market drivers, regulations, and opportunities for the future of energy storage.

MREA Online Course: Safety and Best Practices for PV Installers

Monday, December 4, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

This two-hour, self-paced, online course presented by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) 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). Free course registration offered until December 22, 2017.

DOE Office of Indian Energy Webinar: Essential Tribal and Utility Relationships

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Electric utilities that serve tribal loads can provide a number of beneficial services that are essential to tribal self-sufficiency and self-determination, as well as strengthening economic development opportunities on Indian lands. Services can include customized rate tariffs, line extensions, and energy services. Additionally, utilities can become partners with tribal organizations on a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and power generation projects and programs. Tribal representatives can also attend utility meetings and join utility advisory groups and boards to play a greater role in the utility's governance. Tribal organizations can also form their own electric utilities if the local utility does not meet the current or future needs of the tribal organization.

MREA Online Course: Basic Photovoltaics

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017

This four-week online course teaches the fundamentals of photovoltaic systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

MREA Online Course: PV Site Assessor Training

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017

Participants in this four-week online course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site.

MREA Online Course: Navigating the National Electrical Code

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017

This six-hour online course 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.

Principles and Policies for Low- and Moderate-Income Solar

Friday, November 17, 2017

This is the second in a two-part US Department of Energy (DOE) webinar course on low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar policy and principles. The webinar course is being offered for participants in DOE’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, but all are welcome to attend.

Resilient Solar for Affordable Housing

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This webinar examines a case study from the CUNY Smart DG Hub’s Resilient Solar Project on the solar+storage microgrid system at the Marcus Garvey affordable housing complex in Brooklyn, NY, a neighborhood that experiences rolling blackouts more frequently than other parts of the city. The housing complex uses its solar+storage microgrid system to cut electricity costs, improve grid reliability, and provide resilient backup power for tenants during extended outages. The $1.3 million project was part of a larger $50 million rehabilitation and energy improvement project for the property and features an anticipated 6.6 year system payback for the battery storage.

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