Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

MREA Online Course: Basic Photovoltaics

November 27, 2017 to 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

November 27, 2017 to 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

November 27, 2017 to 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.

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

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.

Seventhwave Webinar: Electric Submeters: Market and Technology Trends

December 07, 2017
12:00 pm -1:00 pm

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.

WERCBench Labs Demo Day

December 14, 2017

WERCBench Labs technology immersive program for energy-related startups will wrap-up with the Demo Day event 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.

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. 

Energy Events ARCHIVE

USGBC Wisconsin Community Annual Meeting & Luncheon

Tuesday, November 21, 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.

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.

Opening Doors to Community Solar: Insights from Cook County, IL & Other Local Governments

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Community solar can bring significant value to communities across the country. As Illinois works to unlock that value through the state's newly enacted Future Energy Jobs Act, local governments and site owners need tools and information to ensure that they can capture the full benefits of community solar when regulations are finalized next year.

Join this webinar hosted by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Cook County to hear from local government representatives about key considerations for site owners, municipalities and other stakeholders interested in community solar, either as participants or through the development of a community solar project on their own land or building. This webinar is supported by the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Market Pathways effort.

Clean Energy Mobilization Workshop

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In this free evening workshop hosted by the Wisconsin Academy with the Office of Energy Innovation and UW-Extension, we will highlight tools, financing, and strategies to help advance community resilience and clean energy opportunities in Southwest Wisconsin. Join us to learn more about furthering local movement toward energy independence in Wisconsin, and obtaining funding and resources for solar and other local energy projects.

Solar for Apartment Buildings: Addressing Rent Control Issues

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

As residential solar installations on single family homes have soared over the last 10 years, most multifamily dwellers are still unable to access energy powered by the sun. In California, virtual net metering (VNM) tariffs allow solar to be installed on multifamily building rooftops and for the benefits to be allocated between tenants and common area accounts via electricity bill credits. Other states have similar enabling policies, either through their versions of VNM or broader community or shared solar programs. In jurisdictions with rent control, however, limitations on how much a landlord may increase tenants' rents can present a barrier to multifamily solar uptake.

Join this Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) webinar to discuss the benefits of solar on apartment buildings for tenants and property owners and the challenges that rent control policies present. Explore ways in which local jurisdictions could (and have) sought to overcome these challenges while still preserving the important role that rent control plays in keeping rents stable and affordable.

DOE Better Buildings Webinar: 2 for 1: Energy Efficiency and Water Savings are a Combo Deal

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The relationship between energy and water efficiency isn’t always obvious, but the two are closely tied. Energy efficiency projects can yield benefits in the form of reduced water consumption, especially in industrial and commercial settings. At the same time, water efficiency can yield energy savings. Join this webinar as speakers discuss the connection between energy and water savings and how to orchestrate the right-sized projects that achieve both. Presenters: Mark Dhennin and Nichole Morris, Cummins; Prakash Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Webinar: Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers

Monday, November 6, 2017

New energy generation, storage, delivery, and end-use technologies support a broad range of value-added electricity services for retail electricity customers. Sophisticated energy management services, distributed generation coupled with storage, and electric vehicle charging are just a few examples of emerging offerings. Who should provide value-added services - utilities or third parties, or both, and under what conditions? What policy and regulatory changes may be needed to promote competition and innovation, to account for utility costs to enable these services, and to protect consumers? A new report in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series from Berkeley Lab, Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers, tackles these questions.

The report approaches the issues from three perspectives: utilities, third-party service providers and consumers: 

Jonathan Blansfield and Lisa Wood, Institute for Electric Innovation
Ryan Katofsky, Benjamin Stafford and Danny Waggoner, Advanced Energy Economy
National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates 

ENERGY STAR Webinar Series: How to Apply for ENERGY STAR, Portfolio Manager 101, Ask the Expert, 201, 301

Thursday, November 2, 2017 to Tuesday, November 28, 2017

US EPA's ENERGY STAR program is hosting a webinar series on Portfolio Manager consisting of five separate programs each held on a separate date and more advanced than the previous one. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool developed by EPA and used natinonally by building owners and cities to measure, track, and compare energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. It is used to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: REopt Lite: Sizing Solar+Storage for Savings and Resiliency with NREL’s New Tool

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In this webinar, presenters from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) will introduce the beta version of the lab’s new solar+storage web tool, REopt Lite. This free tool is designed to help building owners and planners quickly and easily evaluate the economics of solar PV and battery storage for their sites. It identifies the optimal PV and battery system sizing to minimize costs and maximize lifetime energy savings. The tool can also be used to size solar+storage systems to support a site’s critical loads during a grid outage. 

REopt Lite is an online version of NREL’s more comprehensive REopt model, which has been used by analysts to evaluate renewable energy opportunities at more than 10,000 sites, supporting decisions leading to more than 260 megawatts of renewable energy development.


Kate Anderson, Senior Engineer and Manager, Engineering and Modeling Group, Integrated Applications Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Emma Elgqvist, Engineer, Engineering and Modeling Group, Integrated Applications Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory