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MREA Course: Basic Photovoltaics (Solar Electricity) -- Milwaukee, WI

Friday, March 28, 2014

This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric 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.

Pursuit of Net Zero Energy: The Walgreens Experience

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buildings that produce as much energy as they consume fascinate us. Progressively, more projects are attempting net zero energy status. So, what are the obstacles when planning and designing net zero buildings? How can these barriers be overcome? What impact does site selection have on energy usage and reduction? Get answers to these questions and more during a live webinar on March 26 from 1–2:30 p.m.

AVoided Emissions and GeneRation Tool (AVERT)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State & Local Climate and Energy program is hosting a webinar on the newly released AVoided Emissions and GeneRation Tool (AVERT).

MREA Course: Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design

Monday, March 17, 2014 to Sunday, May 11, 2014

This online course explores system design considerations, including collector sizing and configuration, pipe sizing, component sizing, solar fluid volume estimatiion, heat storage, heat delivery, code considerations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Participants will apply design elements while working through five case study systems, including space heating, commercial, and process heat applications.

Operating an Energy Efficient Restaurant -- Milwaukee, WI

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Food Service Technology Center has developed a collection of no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency best practices that apply to most commercial kitchens. Take a virtual walk through an energy efficient restaurant with Richard Young who will point out common energy and water wasters, discuss costs associated with these inefficiencies and explain corrective measures that could lead to increased efficiency.

This event is being held at the Wisconsin Center located on 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Room 202B in Milwaukee, WI.

A Look at Emerging Models for Bringing Climate-Friendly Energy to Communities and Congregations

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The cost of solar generating equipment has dropped to the point where it can now compete head-to-head with fossil fuel resources. However, barriers to installation remain. These can be physical (shading on your rooftop), legal (don’t own property), and economic (inability to capture tax credits due to nonprofit status). Fortunately, the market is not standing still. Between development models that engage outside investment dollars and initiatives that encourage participation in community projects, it is becoming easier to sponsor new solar projects close to home.

MREA Course: Introduction to Wind Systems

Monday, March 10, 2014 to Sunday, April 6, 2014

This online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, 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.

MREA Course: Solar PV Site Assessor Training -- Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators and incentives.

Better Buildings Pre-Conference Event: Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Residential Renovations and New Construction

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Building and remodeling homes requires attention to detail in order to guarantee a comfortable and healthy living environment. The workshop will cover the finer points of conditioning the indoor environment. Dive into material selection, placement and installation of insulation and air sealing strategies for building new homes or renovating existing ones. Learn about high performance HVAC equipment and strategies for preventing moisture problems and indoor air pollution.

Better Buildings: Better Business Conference® -- Wisconsin Dells

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 to Friday, March 7, 2014

This multi-day conference for those in the residential construction industry teaches best practices for residential, multi-family, and small commercial building construction through lectures, live demonstrations and exhibits. Registration for this conference opens October 31st, 2013.