Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

USGBC: Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

November 14, 2018 to November 16, 2018

USGBC is hosting Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The conference offers participants 16 education tracks, ranging across market sectors and green building topics, and the expo features over 600 companies that provide products and services to the sustainable building industry. USGBC is committed to a prosperous, sustainable future through cost-efficient, energy-saving green buildings.

ACEEE: 2018 National Convening on Utilities and Electric Vehicles

November 14, 2018

ACEEE is hosting a one-day convening focused on helping utilities develop EV policies and practices. This event will focus on electric vehicles, grid integration strategies, and changing utility business models. Utilities will learn how to broaden support for EVs from a full range of stakeholders by maximizing the economic, environmental, consumer, and other societal benefits of EVs.

MREA Online Course: PV Site Assessor Training

November 26, 2018 to December 23, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses presentations, assignments, quizzes, and webinars to demonstrate how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business, using the MREA PV Site Assessment Report Template.

Topics covered include: load analysis and consumption history, energy efficiency recommendations, mounting options, balance of system location requirements, shade analysis, system sizing, financial analysis and options, and non-financial benefits of PV. Participants will learn how to access and use online tools for assessing the solar resource, perform site-specific shade analysis, recommend system size and location, calculate energy production, estimate system costs, and identify available PV rebates and incentives.

Energy Storage Summit 2018

December 12, 2018 to December 13, 2018

The U.S. Energy Storage Summit will bring together utilities, financiers, regulators, technology innovators, and storage practitioners for two full days of data-intensive presentations, analyst-led panel sessions with industry leaders, and high-level networking. Day 1 will provide an overview of the current energy storage market on both sides of the meter, examining utility strategies, policies, and market designs. Day 2 will provide a closer look at emerging technologies, business models, and financing strategies.


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MREA Course: Basic Photovoltaics

Monday, October 1, 2018
This one-day course uses a combination of classroom discussion and activities 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.

MREA Online Course: Solar Hot Water Systems

Monday, October 1, 2018 to Sunday, October 28, 2018
This online course uses a combination of presentations, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations for each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads and costs.

EPA Webinar: Green Banking Strategies for Local Governments

Monday, October 1, 2018

Local governments are pursuing innovative financing to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy investments in their operations and communities. The program will provide an overview of green banks, the services and benefits they offer, other types of green banking opportunities, and important considerations for local governments interested in engaging in green banking.

Ride with RENEW: Solar Bike Tour

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Spend a day visiting renewable energy installations by Riding with RENEW - a bike tour of renewable energy projects in Milwaukee, WI.

M-WERC Meeting

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The next M-WERC Member Meeting will focus on the Energy, Power, and Controls sector in terms of economic, supply chain, and workforce development.

WisCEF: Advancing Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Economy Policy Breakfast

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Participants will engage in a policy breakfast and discussion about how Wisconsin can leverage a market-driven transition to clean energy. Topics include utility scale clean energy and decentralizing energy. Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and Public Service Commission Chair Roberts will keynote.

US DOE: Tribal Energy Webinar: Facility- and Community-Scale Project Development

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Co-sponsored by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will describe how taking on facility- and community-scale energy projects can allow tribes to gain experience and expertise in project development while limiting risk; however, like utility-scale projects, facility- and community-scale projects also have their own unique challenges. For example, tribes often run into difficulty when it comes to finding money to build these smaller-scale projects.

This webinar will outline options for financing and addressing other challenges related to facility- and community-scale project development. Attendees will learn about available financing mechanisms that can allow tribes to develop projects with limited to no upfront capital costs, including community solar models, third-party vendors, energy savings performance contracts, and utility energy service contracts.

Solar Power International

Monday, September 24, 2018 to Thursday, 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.

ACEEE Webinar: Reaching Rural Communities with Energy Efficiency Programs

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Rural residents can benefit from energy efficiency services, but a city-based program may not work best for them. Rural areas often have different infrastructure, energy use, and fuel mix, and they have smaller utilities. A report by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Reaching Rural Communities with Energy Efficiency Programs, shares examples of people who have leveraged the strength of these communities to provide tailored solutions. ACEEE will host a webinar to discuss the report’s findings with presentations from implementers who have already reduced rural energy costs and improved building comfort.

US DOE 2018 - 2019 Better Buildings Webinar Series

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Back by Popular Demand: The Best of the 2018 Better Buildings Summit, This webinar features some of the top-rated presentations from the August, 2018 Better Buildings Summit, including Building a Next Generation Workforce for Next Generation Buildings, Transition Planning for Energy Managers, and Investor-Oriented Sustainability Insights.