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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.

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.

EPA Webinar: Introduction to the Local Government Solar Project Portal

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Join EPA to learn about how you can take advantage of the resources that EPA, NREL, and DOE offer, participate in targeted trainings with experienced local governments and industry experts, and share your experiences with other local governments. EPA will also introduce the Local Government Solar Project Portal which provides tools and resources to aid local governments through each step of the project development pathway. 

Seventhwave Webinar: Small commercial sector: beyond lighting program strategies

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The small commercial sector is historically difficult to reach due to diversity in business types and other market barriers. As federal lamp standards become more stringent and market penetration of efficient products grows, lighting-only programs will have increasing difficulty achieving savings goals. Seventhwave will present research that provides a holistic look at energy savings beyond lighting in the small commercial sector. Using data from surveys and in-depth site visits, we identify common characteristics and recommend program strategies for increased participation in energy efficiency programs.

Seventhwave: Blowers and controls: new wastewater treatment plant technologies

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

This course from Seventhwave will cover the basics of blower operation and energy use for wastewater treatment, explore the latest blower and control technologies, and provide an opportunity to tour the Sun Prairie Wastewater Treatment Plant. Additional topics covered include: technology selection and system scaling, integration of new technologies in existing systems, and energy cost analysis.

***Wisconsin Local Government Summit on Energy and Resilience

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Wisconsin Local Government Summit: Leading the Charge is designed for municipal officials and staff, school board and committee members, and local groups working on energy to explore practical approaches to and emerging issues in clean energy and resilience in Wisconsin communities. Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy and partners, the program includes 2 days, each tailored to a specific audience.

Day 1 (April 23) for facilities managers, sustainability officers, energy managers, city planners, public works staff, sustainability & energy committee members - a half-day of practical interactive breakout workshops. Workshops cover transportation, community resilience, workforce development, and energy efficiency. Consider registering two staff to cover more sessions. Then come to the evening reception! All attendees will receive access to presentations from all sessions, regardless of those attended.

Day 2 (April 24) geared to local elected officials, this day features panels and speakers exploring local leadership and planning on clean energy and resilience, solar energy financing, and advanced energy systems of the (not too distant) future. These big-picture sessions will benefit anyone interested in learning more about these current and emerging energy issues in Wisconsin.

MREA Online Course: Introduction to Wind Systems

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Sunday, May 20, 2018

This self-paced online course uses a combination of recorded presentations, topic resources, webinars, assignments, and quizzes 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.

HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Thursday, April 26, 2018

The conference on home performance and weatherization provides education and networking opportunities to over one thousand residential energy efficiency professionals.

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UW Engineering Professional Development Course: Certification Orientation/Review and Examination for Accredited Commissioning Process Provider

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018

Become an Accredited Commissioning Process Provider with a commissioning certification from UW-Madison. UW-Madison commissioning certifications offer you recognition for your knowledge of the ASHRAE Commissioning Process through a combination of courses and an examination.  Additional certification options are available with proof of professional experience.