Announcing Point Back to the Land's Can't Miss Summer Events

Nestled in central Wisconsin, the Stevens Point community has a plethora of sustainable farms, eateries, art, breweries, businesses, art organizations and outdoor fun opportunities. Come explore the area during a series of weekend trips and tours hosted as part of the Point Back to the Land summer event kickoff. 

The Point Back to the Land event series offers a variety of eight can’t miss weekend trips focused on unique sustainability practices throughout the Stevens Point area from May 20 to July 2. Tour sustainable homes, farms, and businesses; explore the outdoors; attend festivals and farmers markets; take advantage of deals offered by local eateries, craft breweries, and distillery; and rest up at local Travel Green Wisconsin lodging, including B&B’s, camping, hotels, and more.

Suggested weekend itineraries will guide you on your sustainable weekend journey, making sure you don’t miss any of the exciting features Point has to offer. 

•      Plants for the People

•      Container and Straw Bale Gardening

•      Sustainability at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

•      You Can Farm – Lowland Bison Ranch Tour

•      The Energy Fair – Clean Energy and Sustainable Living

•      Homegrown Pizza

Visit to start planning your weekend getaway to this leading sustainable living area in Wisconsin. Point Back to the Land partners with sustainability leaders in the region, Central Rivers Farmshed, the MREA, the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point, the Stevens Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Wisconsin Public Radio.


Get your tickets to see Wisconsin’s own PHOX! Performing live at The Energy Fair

We're thrilled to announce Wisconsin’s own PHOX will be performing live at The Energy Fair, Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m.!

They just ranked #2 in BuzzFeed‘s (17 underrated bands you need to listen to ASAP) Don’t miss this must see performance at The Energy Fair!

Here’s more about this stellar band: PHOX is from Baraboo, WI, which is a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. The six best friends who make up the ensemble happen to be blessed with madness, illusions of grandeur, and the inability to do the same thing twice. They also play music.

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Purchase your Energy Fair tickets before June 5 to save!

Plan ahead and purchase tickets early to save on admission to this year's Energy Fair, June 17-19 in scenic Custer, WI. (Or sign up to be a volunter or member and get in free!) If you're interested in camping, make sure to reserve space at the MREA Back 40, one mile away from the Fair with a free shuttle running all weekend.

Tickets and pre-registration are also available for our in-depth Extended Workshops that take place during the Fair:

  • 2017 NEC Changes for Renewables
  • Build You Own Electric Motorcycle
  • Cob Art Bench Build
  • Energy Storage and Renewable Energy—Is the Technology Right for Your Home or Business?
  • Homebrew Wind—Build Your Own Wind Turbine
  • Homebrewing101—Brew Your Own Beer
  • Wild Food/Wild Medicine

Buy your tickets before June 5 to save!

The Pre-Fair Guide is available online and in print! See the guide for a sneak preview of workshops, exhibitors, music, fun activities, and more. Check out the friendly new format this year, highlighting interest categories, such as sustainable living, solar photovoltaics, and farm and garden. View the Guide.


MREA reaches 800 Minnesotans through free solar sessions!

The MREA would like to thank the almost 800 people who came out to one of our 25 Solar Power Hours held throughout the state of Minnesota within the last few months. So far the Power Pack program has yielded over 150 site assessments, and the number of solar installs being reported is growing every day. We would especially like to thank our partners: The Center for Energy and the Environment, The Neighborhood Energy Connection, The Clean Energy Resource Teams, The Great Plains Institute, and The Department of Energy. Also thanks to our installers: All Energy Solar, Solarized, Juhl Energy, Cedar Creek Energy, Solar Connection, and Zenergy.

Learn more about the program and upcoming Solar Power Hours happening throughout the Midwest on


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