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MREA Course: Basic Photovoltaics

Monday, May 14, 2018

This one-day course offered in Custer, WI 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: PV Site Assessor Training

Monday, May 14, 2018 to Sunday, June 10, 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 profiles and consumption history, energy efficiency and fuel switching opportunities, site-specific shade analysis, array and balance of system location recommendation parameters, and client financing options. Participants will learn how to access and use online tools for assessing the solar resource, perform site-specific PV system sizing, determine energy production of a recommended PV system size, estimate system costs, and evaluate existing infrastructure on the site.

MREA Online Course: Introduction to System Advisor Model

Monday, May 7, 2018 to Monday, May 28, 2018

This three week, 5-hour intermediate-to-advanced level course uses a combination of mandatory webinars, presentations, and practice exercises (assignments) to introduce students to System Advisor Model (SAM). SAM is a free software for techno-economic modeling of renewable energy projects provided by the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is used by project developers, system designers, researchers, and others involved in making technical and financial decisions about renewable energy projects.

Course participants will work through examples of a residential/commercial rooftop photovoltaic system and cover assumptions for system design, retail electricity rates, and building loads, and analyze model results such as performance ratio, net present value (NPV), and payback period.

MREA Online Course: Navigating the National Electrical Code

Monday, May 7, 2018 to Monday, May 28, 2018

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.

Seventhwave: Optimal chiller plant and ventilation system performance

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The first part of this course will focus on the heart of an applied HVAC system—the chiller. Participants will review ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requirements, explore the most current chiller technologies and trends, examine various types of chiller plant configurations, and point out common pitfalls and corrections to improve operations. Energy saving strategies including chiller tower and pump pressure optimization, chilled water reset and condenser energy recovery will also be discussed.

The second part of this course will take a deep dive into ventilation fundamentals. Participants will review ASHRAE Standard 62.1 requirements and explore various types of ventilation systems. Energy saving ventilation strategies including demand controlled ventilation and exhaust air energy recovery will be discussed, as well as the design and control of dedicated outdoor air systems.

Seventhwave: Optimal chiller plant and ventilation system performance

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The first part of this course will focus on the heart of an applied HVAC system—the chiller. Participants will review ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requirements, explore the most current chiller technologies and trends, examine various types of chiller plant configurations, and point out common pitfalls and corrections to improve operations. Energy saving strategies including chiller tower and pump pressure optimization, chilled water reset and condenser energy recovery will also be discussed.

The second part of this course will take a deep dive into ventilation fundamentals. Participants will review ASHRAE Standard 62.1 requirements and explore various types of ventilation systems. Energy saving ventilation strategies including demand controlled ventilation and exhaust air energy recovery will be discussed, as well as the design and control of dedicated outdoor air systems.

Midwest Solar Expo

Monday, April 30, 2018 to Wednesday, May 2, 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

Monday, April 30, 2018 to Friday, May 4, 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 (jennyh@midwestrenew.org or 715-592-6595 x-108) to get enrolled in an online course that works with your schedule. 

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

Friday, April 27, 2018
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. 

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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.

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