Learn about solar energy from the comfort of your own home

Our next online solar course starts August 29! Take your solar training to the next level or learn the basics with our leading instructors, online at your own pace:

8/29 - 9/25: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.06) Online

9/12 - 11/6: PV System Design (PV 202) Online

9/12 - 9/25: 2014 NEC Update for PV (PV 614) Online




Join MREA at Solar Power International

We're excited to attend SPI this year in Las Vegas, NV, September 12-15. 

  • Full Schedule - There are 9 tracks for education, and multiple networking opportunities
  • Exhibitors - See who's exhibiting at SPI
  • Networking Events - In addition to included networking events, there are a few unique opportunities as well!
  • More about SPI - Learn more about why SPI is the largest, and one of the 25 fastest growing trade shows

Please join us for 'Inspecting PV Systems' taught by MREA's Julie Brazeau on Thursday, September 15, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Avoid costly code violations and permitting errors that can cut into solar contractor profits. This course reviews current (2014) National Electrical Code requirements for PV equipment and PV system installations, paying particular attention to Articles 690 and 705. Learn more and register.


MREA Member Discount for Integrated Renewables Workshop

We're partnering with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) on the Integrated Renewables Workshop at Loyola University Chicago, September 7-8, 2016!  

Current MREA members can contact janec@midwestrenew.org for the discount code. 

  • Program Agenda - See workshops, panel discussions, interactive exercises, and more!
  • Featured Speakers - See the lineup of featured speakers, and learn about the program!

​Don't miss our Executive Director, Nick Hylla's presentation Sept. 7th! Nick will speak about the successes that US Universities have had with their investments in solar energy.


Milwaukee Area Solar Group Buy: 37 Homes and Counting

With less than a month to go, our partnership with the City of Milwaukee and the Village of Shorewood  Solar Gorup Buy Programs have surpassed their second benchmark of 100 kW of solar contracted for installation on homes and businesses in Southeastern Wisconsin.

The meeting of this benchmark gives participants deeper savings on the cost of going solar, which is already around 20% lower than average through the group buy. People interested in going solar through this discounted program have a deadline of
September,16, to participate.

Contact peterm@midewestrenew.org to participate. 

Featured Photo: Milwaukee Solar Group Buy participant Dan Bucks installation
Read the full story here.  


MREA is Hiring!

Would you like to be a part of the MREA team or know someone who would be a great fit? 

If so, please take a look at the following vacancies:

1. Site Manger:  Vacancy Announcement


2. IT Administrator:  Vacancy Announcement

Apply today or forward the MREA job links to someone who you think would be interested!



Wind Training Week at MREA

September 6-9, 2016

Learn all about wind energy at our upcoming training week! Come to the MREA and practice advanced climbing and repair skills. Join our expert instructors Jenny Heinzen and Brandon Naylor for high-quality, affordable training. 
We're offering:



MREA's Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

MREA is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of more than 1,000 member companies in 40 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes like MREA’s.

MREA is now eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this nonprofit network through their annual contributions. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which MREA can look to for support.

See the full story by Urban Milwaukee here. 



Join us Saturday October 1 for the Wisconsin Solar Tour!

Join people across the state of Wisconsin on Saturday, October 1, 2016, to tour homes and businesses who will be opening their doors to demonstrate and share strategies for energy-efficiency and renewable energy. See the sites registered for the 2016 tour. 

I always learn a lot by talking with people at these events.  It’s a privilege for me to try to help spread the word about green energy and a greener way of life. -Solar Tour Host, Bob McCallister, UW-Rock County

Want to be a host site?
We would love for you to join us! Register online and check out our Solar Tour Press Room for promotional tools to help us get the word out.