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MREA Online Course: PV System Design

Monday, September 17, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses presentations, assignments, and quizzes to teach participants the basic step-by-step process of designing a utility-interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Participants will use site assessments, design and component proposals, and case studies to learn about selecting equipment, system sizing, layout planning, array siting, and other design considerations.

Seventh Wave: Electric Vehicles: Get On the Fuel Efficiency Fast Track

Friday, September 14, 2018

Participants will learn about the latest electric vehicle technologies and how to implement them. Topics include battery systems and workplace charging stations. Industry presenters will discuss resources to help with purchasing decisions as well as infrastructure initiatives in the Midwest that support electric vehicles. Participants can test-drive electric vehicles in the afternoon session.

Seventh Wave: Electric Vehicles: Get On the Fuel Efficiency Fast Track

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Participants will learn about the latest electric vehicle technologies and how to implement them. Topics include battery systems and workplace charging stations. Industry presenters will discuss resources to help with purchasing decisions as well as infrastructure initiatives in the Midwest that support electric vehicles. Participants can test-drive electric vehicles in the afternoon session.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Energy Treasure Hunts

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

During an Energy Treasure Hunt, groups of people walk around a building looking for opportunities to save energy. Treasure Hunts focus on quick fixes with a short payback period. Hundreds of organizations have used Energy Treasure Hunts to reduce their facilities’ energy use by 7 to 15 percent.

During this webinar, participants will hear from two ENERGY STAR partners that have used Treasure Hunts as a way to improve day-to-day operations and engage building operators and employees in “discovering” treasure in their facilities. Also, new EPA resources available to help organizations plan and host a successful Treasure Hunt in time for Energy Awareness Month this October will be shared.

ENERGY STAR Webinars: Portfolio Manager 201, 301

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to Thursday, September 13, 2018

US EPA's ENERGY STAR program is hosting a webinar series on Portfolio Manager consisting of separate programs, each held on a separate date, and each more advanced than the previous one. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool developed by EPA and used nationally 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.

201 - Participants will learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.

301 - With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, participants will learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

MREA Online Course: PV Site Assessor Training

Monday, September 10, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 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.

MREA Course: Wind Energy System Maintenance and Repair

Friday, September 7, 2018

Participants in this one-day course will perform annual maintenance on the MREA’s WTIC (“Jacobs”) wind turbine. This is a working course that includes both tower climbing and groundwork, using safe work practices, proper fall protection, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

SEPA Webinar: Reinventing Demand Response with DERs

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The ways demand response (DR) can be used has completely changed in the last 5 years with the amount of renewable and distributed energy resources (DER) on the grid. The questions for utilities are, with this changing grid what are the best technologies to balance supply and demand? How is DR being leveraged to integrate renewable energy and other distributed resources?

Leading players in the industry are exploring the ability of demand response to fill valleys, clip peaks, and react to fluctuations along the grid. During this free webinar, topics will include Arizona Public Services’ reverse demand response efforts, research on DR renewable integration from Navigant, key insights from the SEPA-PLMA Demand Response Snapshot Report, and the potential expanding role of DR to include more EVs, interactive water heaters and more.

MREA Course: Introduction to Wind Systems

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities 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.

WisCEF: Energize WI Tour

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
WI Conservative Energy Forum: Energize WI Tour features 15 locations over five months to showcase to decision makers and stakeholders the future of energy markets in Wisconsin. WisCEF is a newly-formed organization focused on building support for renewable energy sources and technology among Republicans. It is part of the National Conservative Energy Network that has expanded into 19 states over the past four years.
 
Tour Site 11: Prairie du Sac Hydroelectric Station features the 31 MW hydropower dam that began operating over 100 years ago.
September 4, 2018
Prairie du Sac, WI
 
Tour Site 12: Wisconsin Public Service (Location TBD)
 
Tour Site 13: Butler Ridge Wind Farm features the 54 MW wind generation power plant in Dodge County.
September 17th, 2018
Mayville, WI
 
Tour Site 14: Sunvest Solar Red Fox Crossing Subdivision to feature the New Berlin subdivision under development of 34 solar-powered, Net Zero Electricity homes.
October 9, 2018
New Berlin, WI
 
Tour Site 15: Gearbox Express in Mukwonago features the new 80,000 square foot facility where gearboxes from wind turbines are remanufactured to increase their working life.
October 16, 2018
Mukwonago, WI

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