reNEWS

Newsletter of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association

2013 TRAINING
CATALOG
FEATURING

• 2013 Curriculum
• Instructor Training
• Site Assessor Certificate

Program

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Photovoltaic Listing - pg. 38
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Solar Thermal Listing - pg. 49
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Participants install a solar hot air collector. Photo: Chris
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About the MREA
From the Executive Director
Featured Courses
MREA Membership
Enrollment, Cancellations,
and Scholarships
Progression of Knowledge
Professional Credentials
ISPQ Accreditation
Midwest Solar Training Network
Continuing Education Units
Courses for Credit
Customized Trainings
Course Listing
Course Descriptions
Travel and Accommodations
MREA News
MREA Alumni Feature
MREA Marketplace
Site Assessor Directory
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Financial Officer (2013) Focus on Energy John Kivlin (2014) Helios Solar Works Mark Klein (2013) Gimme Shelter Construction Alec Linde (2014) Mid-State Technical College Mark Morgan. Travel Green The ReNew the Earth Institute.midwestrenew. MREA 7558 Deer Rd. Our Vision The MREA will provide the highest quality renewable energy education and training experiences available. for $3.org .m. LLC Nick Hylla (Executive Director) MREA Don Keck. WI 54423 2 Tel: 715-592-6595 Fax: 715-592-6596 Email: info@midwestrenew. Vice President (2013) Bearpaw Design and Construction Benjamin Nusz (2013) Mid-State Technical College Ed Stoll (2014) Pieper Electric Green Power MREA offsets 100% of its electricity on site through wind and solar. Guided Tours are available Monday – Friday at 11:00 a. Ste 100 Milwaukee. Our programs and services will respond to evolving energy issues. We will share our success with other like-minded organizations. or by appointment. We are a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1990. recognizing that we are stronger when we all work together for our common goals. and sustainable living through education and demonstration.about the mrea The Midwest Renewable Energy Association promotes renewable energy. To learn more about Travel Green visit: www. energy efficiency. President (2014) Thomas Brown Architect Katie Collins (2014) American Red Cross Jason Edens (2014) Rural Renewable Energy Alliance Nathan Franklin (2013) Dairyland Power Cooperative Bob Hattier (2014) Alternative Currents. is certified as a green travel destination by Travel Green Wisconsin.travelgreenwisconsin.org mrea leadership team: Elizabeth Hittman Milwaukee Director Nick Hylla Executive Director Doug Stingle Development Director mrea staff: Julie Brazeau Instructor Development Coordinator Sandy Crawford Bookkeeper Jenny Heinzen Curriculum and Training Coordinator Ellie Jackson Events Coordinator Nick Korth Market Development Coordinator Kevin Kowalski Training Programs Assistant Greta Ladenthin Operations Manager Chris Leslie Information Technology Manager Gina Miresse Membership Coordinator Nicole Rice Training Network Coordinator Clay Sterling Regional Training Officer Chris Talbot-Heindl Training Programs Coordinator Dana Talbot-Heindl Cleaning Assistant Sarah Tanguay Fund Development Coordinator Amiee Wetmore Office Manager Mike White Site Manager MREA Milwaukee 1845 N. The Energy Fair is also certified as a green travel event. and be accessible to the broadest possible audience. empower people to make wise lifestyle choices. WI 53202 Tel: 414-431-0758 Email: mke@midwestrenew. Farwell Ave. Custer.org Web: www.com board of directors 2011: Jeff Anthony (2014) American Wind Energy Association David Behnke-Seper (2013) First Affirmative Financial Network Thomas Brown.00 per person.

• The MREA Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificates became one of the first programs nationwide to earn accreditation from the American National Standards Institute and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council under their new standard for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Program. Executive Director nickh@midwestrenew. Nick Hylla Exective Director Our 2013 Training Catalog is filled with opportunities for home and business owners. 107 reNEWS 3 . the U. architects. You can read about these programs on page 18. • With the addition of the solar space heating systems on the MREA headquarters. instructors. we are launching an online Solar Thermal Conceptual Design course that will help heating professionals. Onward. careers. many investors are looking to the Midwest as the next growth market for solar and wind. and further the great work they are already doing. I hope you’ll join us in this effort. market for solar and wind energy has been growing steadily for the past 5 years and is forecasted to continue this trend. Maybe it is because we know a few things that they don’t. We don’t let the doomsayers get us down. advocates.S. For example. design and installation professionals. inspectors. and entry-level training for businesses and training organizations. sales professionals. And. and affordable education opportunities. Take a look at some of the new additions: • We have a new series of online courses in Photovoltaics. We are doing our part by providing high-quality. architects. and engineers integrate solar thermal into their heating strategies. • We expanded our clients and offerings for customized training. specialized training for inspectors and code officials. People all over the world can now access our low-cost Basic PV course. policy makers. The public overwhelmingly supports the expansion of renewable energy and the policies that will make it happen. and work toward their NABCEP PV Technical Sales Training. 715-592-6595 ext. You can read about these online courses on page 38. One of the best ways that the MREA can help this market grow is to connect people with the education and training they need to start projects. facilities managers.org. Nick Hylla. including technical sales training. You can read more about customized training on page 31.from the executive director Welcome to a new year full of opportunity! We just can’t seem to curb our excitement for 2013. Solar and wind energy are now more affordable than ever. and consumers. accessible. pursue their PV Site Assessment Certificate. We see a lot of opportunity to move the market for renewable energy and bring the Clean Energy Economy to life.

01 on page 13. Register for PVO 101. assignments. understand the best application and limitations of system types. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and basic computer skills Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270 For more information. array placement options. • Small Wind and Photovoltaics Instructor • ISPQ Affiliated Photovoltaics Instructor • ISPQ Affiliated Small Wind Instructor . topic resources. In 2009. The course will cover site assessment tools. basic system sizing. Online 4 Instructor Clay Sterling Midwest Renewable Energy Association Clay has been instructing both PV and wind courses at the MREA for over ten years and is an ISPQ Certified Instructor in both PV and Small Wind energy. diagram the four PV system types. webinars. PV system performance calculators. 2013. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 For more information. January 14-February 24. define the solar window. February 25-March 24. estimate system loads. and incentives. topic resources. and evaluating existing infrastructure. see the course listing on page: 38. see the course listing on page: 38. Register for PVO 201. describe and identify components. and understand the basics of PV site assessment. and quizzes to teach how to perform a PV site assessment for a residential property. KEEP named him the NonFormal Energy Educator of the Year. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work. load analysis. assignments.01 on page 13. cost estimates. Clay has a construction background gained from working in his family’s plumbing shop and working nine years as a commercial electrician on large construction projects. Participants will access online tools for solar resource analysis. 2013. Online PVO 201 PV Site Assessor Training Online Course Description: This online course uses a series of online presentations. make energy efficiency recommendations. efficiency recommendations. and quizzes to teach the basics of solar electric systems. webinars.featured courses PVO 101 Basic Photovoltaics Online Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations.

plan system layout. disconnection means.01 on page 13. This includes the latest gear (modules.01 on page 13. 2013. Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 For more information. Prerequisites: PV 201 PV Site Assessor and PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 Instructor Craig Buttke North Wind Renewable Energy • Photovoltaics Instructor • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • Master Electrician • MREA Certified PV Site Assessor • ISPQ Affiliated Photovoltaics Instructor Register for PVO 303. perform string sizing. most efficient. mounting structures.PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online This online course will guide participants through the design process for a utility interactive residential or small commercial PV system. Participants will become familiar with the procedures. determine equipment location. and safest methods for installing PV systems that meet NEC code. etc. tools. and site the array. 2013. February 11-March 10. Online reNEWS 5 . determine breaker size.) and the newest. and resources used to select equipment. charge controllers. see the course listing on page: 42. Participants will apply their knowledge by solving design challenges in three PV system case studies. April 8-May 5. Online PVO 405 Advancements in PV Online Course Description: This online course is designed to bring participants up-to-date on the newest equipment and techniques used in PV installation. inverters. Instructor Chris LaForge Great Northern Solar • Photovoltaics Instructor • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • ISPQ Affiliated Independent Photovoltaics Master Trainer Register for PVO 405.

a NABCEP/ IREC/ISPQ accredited Continuing Education Provider. This course will also cover the technical side including: pump types.01 on page 13. Custer. the proliferation of utility interactive photovoltaic systems in urban. and his articles and photographs frequently appear in such magazines as Home Power. 2013. Custer. and interface areas means that all firefighters and their commanders will encounter these systems eventually. specializing in off-grid power systems. June 16. high in the Northern Colorado mountains since 1991. see the course listing on page: 39. Today. participants will learn the various types of solar and wind water-pumping systems. The Journal of Green Building. and energy storage. Dan is coauthor of the book Homebrew Wind Power. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or firefighter Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 For more information. June 15. Register for PV 210. and discuss scenarios to increase awareness of procedures critical to safety. Solar Professional. and Lighting Today. • Photovoltaics and Small Wind Instructor . Wisconsin SA 215 Water Pumping with Solar and Wind Course Description: In this one-day course. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $180 Non-Member: $200 Register for SA 215. He has been employed as a renewable energy technical author and educator since the year 2000. solar and wind electrical inputs. suburban. only firefighters in remote or rural areas ever expected to see renewable energy systems during emergency responses. Participants will learn to determine the preferred application for each system. Participants in this course will learn suggested response guidelines for firefighter safety with renewable energy systems. Back Home. 11 miles from the nearest power pole or phone line. The course will describe how the variables of water volume and pumping height determine the capacity and energy demands for moving water. National Electrical Code implications for both PV installers and firefighters. Wisconsin 6 Instructor Dan Fink Buckville Energy Consulting Dan Fink has lived off the grid.01 on page 13. designer. 2013.featured courses PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems Course Description: In the past. and is the Executive Director of Buckville Energy Consulting. and installer. He has spent 10 years in the field as a renewable energy system consultant.

Julie Brazeau Neil Matthes Instructors Julie Brazeau Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics Instructor • Master Electrician • Commercial Electrical Inspector • IAEI Recognized Trainer • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate Neil Matthes Duck Creek Engineering. Price: Member: $1. Tuesdays. Inc.180 Non-Member: $1. This is a 40-hour course consisting of eight hours of online lecture materials in advance of four days of hands-on activities working on PV systems in Central Wisconsin. and design work that covers the MREA course content for PV 101 (Basic Photovoltaics).200 Register for PVO 701. 2013: online portion (PV 101 and PV 205) June 17-20.01 on page 13. hands-on installation. which begins on June 21. and PV 301 (PV Design and Installation Lab).PVO 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute Course Description: This online/hands-on hybrid course is designed for instructors who will be offering photovoltaic technical training at their organization. Participants will advance through lecture. 2013: onsite lab activities (PV 205 and PV 301) Central Wisconsin locations *Additional advanced trainings are planned in conjunction with The Energy Fair. Prerequisites: Participants must be affiliated with an active solar training program. PV 205 (Intermediate Photovoltaics). • Photovoltaics Instructor • Master Electrician • Commercial Electrical Inspector • MREA Certified PV Site Assessor Matthew Parks Pieper Electric • Photovoltaics Instructor • IBEW Master Electrician • IBEW Master Trainer • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • ISPQ Affiliated Photovoltaics Instructor Matthew Parks reNEWS 7 . 2013. May 21-June 11.

and quizzes. The instruction and resources in this course are designed for instructors looking to integrate PV content into their curriculum or design a program of study for PV Design and Installation or PV Technical Sales professionals.featured courses PVO 703 PV Curriculum Development Course Description: This online course is designed for instructors looking to design and improve training programs for photovoltaic (PV) design. Online Instructors Tim Wilhelm Jenny Heinzen (Co-Instructor)) Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics and Small Wind Instructor • Master Electrician Nick Hylla (Co-Instructor)) Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics and Sustainable Agriculture Instructor Nick Hylla 8 Jenny Heinzen . He has led the development of the electrical technology program at Kankakee Community College. student hands-on experience. July 1-29. and became the first solar PV dealer for SunWize Technologies. scheduled 90-minute online presentations with live discussion. including a renewable energy technician curriculum. Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600 Tim Wilhelm (Lead Instructor) Kankakee Community College Tim’s involvement in renewable energy spans nearly 50 years since he built his first solarpowered transistor radio receiver at his eighth grade science fair project. Participants in this course will gain access to curriculum resources including presentations. The course will share case studies of successful programs throughout the US and strategies for training program accreditation and professional certification for students. • Photovoltaics Instructor • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • ISPQ Affiliated Master PV Instructor Register for PVO 703.01 on page 13. Prerequisite: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent. and sales technicians. videos. The course includes best practices for curriculum development. and career placement services. installation. which recently received training program accreditation by the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality. solar content integration. The course includes five. selfpaced work. Tim has been involved in innovative renewable energy projects ever since. manuals. This is a 16-hour. online course with eight instructor contact hours and eight hours instructor-guided. 2013.

LLC in January of 2007. sign a Letter of Agreement.01 on page 13. and one approved tech mentored PV site assessment report. self-paced work. Participants are paired with a technology subject expert as they learn to apply the tech mentoring tools to practice site assessment reports. May 13-June 17. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics. This course covers instructional materials and tech mentoring strategies as well as procedures for the MREA’s Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate. and performs both residential and non-residential site assessments for both solar technologies. instructors are required to hold a current MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate. Recognized Training Provider status is valid for three years. To become a Recognized Training Provider and offer MREA’s PV Site Assessment Certificate Program at their institution.PVO 705 Photovoltaic Site Assessment Instruction Online Course Description: This online course is a requirement for instructors interested in teaching MREA’s accredited Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate program (ANSI-IREC 14732:2012) at their institution. and went into business as an independent solar site assessor and sole proprietor of SunSpec. LLC Barb was trained as a PV site assessor in 2006. 2013. • Photovoltaics Instructor • BPI Building Analyst • MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate • MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate Julie Brazeau (Co-Instructor) Midwest Renewable Energy Association Register for PVO 705. online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructorguided. PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training. This is a 16-hour. Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600 Instructors Barb Basaj (Lead Instructor) SunSpec. and pay a $300 fee. She is also trained as a solar thermal site assessor. Online Julie Brazeau • Photovoltaics Instructor • Master Electrician • Commercial Electrical Inspector • IAEI Recognized Trainer • NABCEP Certified PV Installer • MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate Nicole Rice (Online Facilitator) Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics Instructor • Manager of Site Assessment Certificate Program Barb Basaj Nicole Rice reNEWS 9 .

Madison. participants will need to complete this course. Prerequisites: ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270 For more information. Wisconsin. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work. make hot water efficiency recommendations. see the course listing on page: 50. Register for ST 101.featured courses ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Ross has served roles as a bookkeeper and company spokesman for Full Spectrum Solar in Madison. The course will cover how to define a site’s solar window. Wisconsin 10 Instructor Ross Padlin Full Spectrum Solar Today a full-time solar thermal installer. identify system components. Register for ST 201.01 on page 13. March 2. see the course listing on page: 49. • Solar Thermal Instructor • NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer • Master Plumber . interpret solar radiation and temperature data. describe and identify components. and pay a $50 exam fee. 2013. understand the best application and limitations of each system type. His is a MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessor Technology mentor. To receive a MREA Residential Solar Thermal Site Assessor Certificate. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 For more information. 2013. size a system.Restricted Appliance • MREA Certified Solar Water Site Assessor • MREA Certified PV Site Assessor . Wisconsin ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training Course Description: Participants in this one-day course will learn how to perform a solar water heating site assessment for a home. two practice site assessments.01 on page 13. and estimate system loads. define the solar window. Madison. pass the written test. and determine the best location for collectors. March 3.

Wisconsin reNEWS 11 . see the course listing on page: 49. Passionate about teaching. and teaching sustainable construction and renewable energy for the last 35 years. Register for ST 301. 2013. 2013. • Solar Thermal and Green Building Instructor • ISPQ Affiliated Solar Thermal Instructor Prerequisites: ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Price: Member: $550 Non-Member: $570 For more information. Participants will work as a group to install both a drainback and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof.02 on page 13. understand the best application and limitations of each system type. define the solar window.01 on page 13. he has studied and taken classes on accelerative learning and multiple intelligences.ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 For more information. Register for ST 101. participants will learn the basics of how to properly install two solar domestic hot water heating systems suitable for northern climates. Mark has led more than 20 solar thermal installations and teaches Solar Domestic Hot Water. see the course listing on page: 51. May 16. make hot water efficiency recommendations. Solar Space Heating. as well as various Green Building courses at the MREA. Instructor Mark Morgan Bearpaw Design and Construction Mark has been building. installing. and Solar Hot Water Installation Lab. Custer. and estimate system loads. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work. Wisconsin ST 301 Solar Thermal Installation Lab Course Description: In this three-day course. Custer. May 17-19. describe and identify components.

Register for WO 409. Instructor Benjamin Nusz Mid-State Technical College • Solar Thermal Instructor • NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer • MREA Certified Solar Thermal Site Assessor Prerequisites: ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $300 Non-Member: $320 For more information. overcurrent protection. see the course listing on page: 52 Register for STO 410. 6:00-8:00 p. 2013. and associated equipment for grid interactive and battery-based systems. Prerequisites: W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems Price: Member: $300 Non-Member: $320 For more information. heat storage. 2013. and process heat applications. code considerations.01 on page 13. heat delivery.01 on page 13. commercial. Tuesdays. Online WO 409 Math and Code for Small Wind Online Course Description: Participants in this course will learn to effectively reference and use the National Electrical Code (NEC) with regard to the installation of small wind energy systems. Online 12 Instructor Jenny Heinzen Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Photovoltaics and Small Wind Instructor • Master Electrician . and maintenance. see the course listing on page: 48. including collector sizing and configuration.featured courses STO 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design Course Description: This online course explores system design considerations. pipe sizing. component sizing. Many of the calculations and processes in this course align with the Job Task Analysis for the NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification. solar fluid volume estimation. including space heating. January 28-March 24. and to properly size conductors. Participants will apply design elements while working through five case study systems. troubleshooting.m.. September 3-October13.

01 Solar Water Site Assessor Training Mar 3 Madison. WI $90 $110 ST 301.01 PV Curriculum Development Online Jul 1-29 Online $580 $600 Online $300 $320 WO 409.01 PV Site Assessment Instruction May 13-Jun 16 Online $580 $600 ST 101. Name: Custer.01 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems Jun 15 Custer.01 Solar Thermal Installation Lab May 17-19 Custer.featured courses registration Course Name Dates Location Circle One Memb Non-Memb PVO 101.01 PV Site Assessor Online Feb 25-Mar 24 Online $250 $270 ST 101. WI $550 $570 PV0 701.01 Basic PV Online Jan 4-Feb 24 Online $90 $110 ST0 410. WI 54423 Company: Address: City: State: Phone: Zip: Email: Total (add up circled course prices from above): Check Number: Credit Card: Exp.02 Solar Domestic Hot Water May 16 Custer.01 Advancements in PV Online Feb 11-Mar 10 Online $230 $250 PVO 201.01 PV Conceptual Design Online Apr 8-May 5 Online $230 $250 PVO 705.01 PV Technology Instructor Institute May 21-Jun 20 Online/WI $1.01 Solar Domestic Hot Water Mar 2 Madison. WI $250 $270 PV 210. WI $90 $110 ST 201.01 Math and Code for Small Wind Online Sep 3-Oct 13 Register Today! Send to MREA: Purchase Information MREA 7558 Deer Rd.180 $1.01 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design Jan 28-Mar 24 Online $300 $320 PVO 405. Date: CSV: reNEWS 13 .200 PVO 703. WI $230 $250 PVO 303.

WI www. Their assistance helps us host The Energy Fair.ingeteam.com North Wind Renewable Energy. WI www. OR www. WI www.sandcreeksolar. and hold year-round trainings and courses at an affordable price. Amherst.quickcable.com REpowerNOW Network Madison.com Helios Solar Works Milwaukee. www.awea. MA www. WI www.com Gimme Shelter Construction Amherst. SOLAR THERMAL Conference.centralwaters. Thank you for your support! Home Power Magazine Pathfinder Member Caleffi Solar Milwaukee.energylawwisconsin.org Energy Law Wisconsin Sun Prairie. LLC Stevens Point. WI www.com . WI www.com Green Members American Wind Energy Association Washington. WI www.com Ingeteam Milwaukee.aristapower. Franksville.northwindre.com 14 Ashland.atcllc.homepower. WI www. Inc.wernerelectric. northstarenergyconsulting.solarprofessional. Winneconne. Wisconsin Solar Tour.solaramericasolutions.com H&H Solar Energy Services Madison.hga.stiebel-eltron-usa.kickapoogreen. WI www.com SolarWorld Camarillo. WI www. Sustaining.repowernow.hhsolarenergy.business members MREA would like to thank our Green. WI www. WI www.com Central Waters Brewing Co.com Stiebel Eltron West Hatfield.caleffisolar.org Full Spectrum Solar Madison.wisconsinpublicservice. Inc. and Pathfinder Business Members for helping us fulfill our mission to promote renewable energy and sustainable living through education and demonstration.com Organic Valley La Farge.C. NH www.org Solar America Solutions Middlebury. com Prairie Solar Power & Light Steuben.com Peterborough.com Conserve School Land O Lakes. WI www. Madison.org Sand Creek Consultants. WI www.com Renewableenergyworld. WI www.com.organicvalley.com Arista Power Rochester. WI www. OR www. WI www. Amherst.com Solar Pro Magazine Ashland. WI www. IN www.com Wisconsin Public Service Corp.com Werner Electric Supply Neenah. NY www.solarworld-usa.heliossolarworks.gimmeshelteronline. WI www. CA www. WI www.renewableenergyworld.com HGA Architects Milwaukee.a-aexteriors.com American Transmission Co.fullspectrumsolar. D.coop Quick Cable Corp. WI www. com North Star Energy Consulting West Allis.us Sustaining Members A-A Exteriors.conserveschool. Green Bay.

We offer our members free primer courses explaining the basics of renewable energy and why it works. Mother •  1-year subscription to Solar Today •  ASES conference discount (Professional level members only.org. Rise up and make a difference.join the mrea As a member of the MREA.midwestrenew. call 715-592-6595 or visit www. More membership rates available. plus •  1-year subscription to BackHome. eReNews •  Semiannual newsletter. visit www. Join the MREA today! To sign up. Personal Student/Senior Individual Family BASIC $30 EMPOWERED $50 $80 $70 $100 LIFETIME $500 $750 MREA/ASES Basic Professional $79 $129 Personal Membership Benefits BASIC LIFETIME •  Admission to The Energy Fair ($35 value) •  Discounted admission to Solar Powering Your •  Basic Benefits. available at The Energy Fair Community Confernece (10% off) ($20 off each course) •  10% off MREA Marketplace •  Window decal/bumper sticker •  Voting privileges at board elections Networking Dinner ($45 value each year) ($15 value) MREA/ASES •  MREA Basic Benefits. reNEWS 15 .S. including information on business memberships and other ways to give. as well as discounts on in-depth hands-on trainings for those interested in taking the next step.org/supportus. you’ll receive numerous benefits to help you engage in a sustainable lifestyle and stay up to date on industry standards.midwestrenew.org to learn more. ReNews •  Free enrollment in MREA Primer courses •  Discount on additional MREA courses •  Special MREA glass tumbler ($15 value) •  Lifetime Member Certificate for framing •  MREA t-shirt for first year. Visit www. available at The Energy Fair ($15 value) *The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U. Home Power. or Natural Home (up to $25 value) •  MREA organic cotton t-shirt made in USA. $100 discount) Earth News. For more information. plus •  American Solar Energy Society membership ($39/$89 value) EMPOWERED •  Basic Benefits. citizens and the global environment. plus •  Lifetime admission to The Energy Fair and pre-Fair •  Discounted admission to SOLAR THERMAL (20% off) •  Monthly electronic newsletter.ases.

Individuals need to check with a state coordinator or caseworker through their local Wisconsin Job Center to determine how to apply for these funds in their region. To help make these courses more accessible.aspx. Remaining tuition will be reimbursed to the course registrant. transfers will be treated as cancellations and will incur the same fee forfeiture. Cancellations To cancel a course you have registered for. visit: www. Transfers If you are unable to attend your scheduled course and would like to transfer to an available section.) Members also receive free MREA Primer courses. . Full course tuition is due upon registration.org/directory/. we offer the following discounts and scholarships: 16 Member Discount Individual members of the MREA receive a discounted member price on all of our courses. However. call the office at 715-592-6595 or register online at www.wisconsinjobcenter. (Individual or Family memberships only.midwestrenew. To become a member.org or call the office at 715-592-6595. and scholarships Enrollment MREA courses are open to the public on a firstcome. Workforce Investment Board Funding Currently. To find a Wisconsin Job Center near you. Scholarships and Discounts At the MREA. and small wind are eligible for Workforce Investment Board funding in Wisconsin. solar thermal. first-served basis. For an up-todate listing of scholarship opportunities. Business memberships do not apply to course discounts.org/ita/presentation/ SearchBy. •  Failure to show up to the course: The registrant forfeits all of the tuition. we work hard to provide our participants with high-quality educational experiences at an affordable cost.org/join. check out our website at www.org/ scholarship.midwestrenew. To register. you can do so by emailing registrations@midwestrenew. The following fees apply: •  Cancellation two weeks or more prior to the course: The registrant forfeits a processing fee of $25.midwestrenew.enrollment. Scholarships MREA is occasionally able to offer scholarships through partner organizations. wisconsinjobcenter. The Workforce Investment Act hosts Wisconsin’s Statewide List of Eligible Training Programs and Providers at this website: www.org/ workshops. contact Gina at 715-592-6595 or sign up online at www. This is a great opportunity to learn about renewable energy. cancellations.org or calling 715592-6595. MREA’s site assessment training for solar electric. •  Cancellation less than two weeks prior to a course: The registrant forfeits 50% of the tuition. Class size is limited. email registrations@midwestrenew.

Participants direct the course of the installation in the presence of a certified installer. •  700-level courses are for instructors looking to teach about renewable energy technologies. •  400-level courses are advanced technical courses designed for people with prior experience and skill and often involve a system installation or advanced lab. Participants put together an evacuated tube collector. •  600-level courses are customized trainings offered for specific audiences. (Free to members!) •  100-level courses provide an overview of the basics of technologies and applications. •  200-level courses cover specifics of techniques and components – lecture and hands-on training. •  500-level courses are the most advanced level hands-on installations.progression of knowledge The Midwest Renewable Energy Association offers introductory to advanced courses. They are organized similar to college-level courses and are designed to ensure that course participants have adequate background in the basics before advancing to more technical courses. 2012 Photo credit: Clay Sterling reNEWS 17 . •  300-level courses include both lecture and a hands-on installation of a system at a training facility. Here’s what you can expect at the different levels: •  000.and some 100-level courses are online primer courses that provide introductory information on renewable energy and sustainable living topics. These trainings are designed for people with previous installation and teaching experience.

Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business.Interstate Renewable Energy Council. mreacsa. incentives. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. (IREC) pilot accreditation program for education programs within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. and financing options available.org.professional credentials Courses at the MREA are based on industry approved task analysis (when available) and are designed to satisfy the knowledge and skill competencies for professional certification. facilities. Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost. and personnel set from in the IREC Standard 14732:2012. For more information about MREA’s Site Assessment Certificate Program. as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. Inc. contact Nicole Rice (nicoler@midwestrenew. policymakers. funders. The ANSI-IREC accreditation program evaluated MREA’s Site Assessment Programs in Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal against requirements for equipment. 18 . MREA awarded nation-wide accreditation The MREA became one of the first organizations nationwide to earn accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) . and employers that these programs have demonstrated meeting all requirements in the Standard and have market value. Accreditation under the ANSIIREC program demonstrates to participants.org) or visit www. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind systems. administration. The MREA provides training aligned to the following professional credentials: MREA Site Assessment Certificate The MREA Site Assessment Certificate provides a framework for the workforce and skills training needed by the growing body of professionals engaging consumers in the development of solar energy systems for their home and business. curriculum.

From there. and then receive the MREA Site Assessment Certificate for the technology for which they were trained and access the site assessment resource portal. solar domestic hot water. All certificate holders have completed the required MREA training.Why pursue a Site Assessment Certificate? The MREA Site Assessment Certificate is an entry-level credential. reNEWS 19 . finance. Should they pass the exam. have had their practice assessments approved by a technology mentor. sales. installation. The site assessment certificate is a valuable credential that: •  establishes an entry-level competency that is valuable to employers in the renewable energy field •  serves as an add-on certificate to other principal skills or credentials in the green jobs industry. participants are eligible to take the site assessment exam after paying the exam fee of $50. research. or small wind energy). Once the practice reports are approved. participants may take the 201-level site assessment course for the same technology. including: system design. and policy •  is a benchmark in the training and experience required for NABCEP PV Technical Sales certification How to get started The first step to earning a MREA Site Assessment Certificate is for course participants to enroll in the introductory-level courses of the technology for which they desire a certificate (solar photovoltaics. Once participants have completed their course requirements. they will assess two sites and provide practice site assessment reports to their technology mentor. and have passed the site assessment exam. who will review their assessments and approve them once they are deemed satisfactory. individuals can upload their business information to the Certificate Holder Directory.

conceptual design. participants should have demonstrated a basic understanding of the principles outlined in the learning objectives. 20 . NABCEP Entry Level Exam The NABCEP Entry Level Program is designed for those individuals wanting to get into the solar field. Individuals passing the NABCEP Entry Level Exam should not be confused with NABCEP Certified Installers. Competency areas include customer qualification. The learning objectives for the exam are available at www.nabcep. performance analysis. design. The MREA is a NABCEP Entry Level Exam Provider for PV and has applied to become an exam provider for solar heating. site analysis. 100. contact Amiee Wetmore at 715-592-6595 ext. and proposal development. NABCEP currently has entry-level exam programs in PV and solar heating. Taking the classes and passing the exam does not qualify an individual to install systems. installation.org. and prior to taking the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. financial modeling. achievement of the NABCEP Entry Level Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application. and operation of photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating systems. Upon completion of the courses taught in accordance with the NABCEP Entry Level learning objectives. For a current schedule of Entry Level Exams offered at the MREA.professional credentials NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification The NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which professionals with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition.

The certifications are designed to: identify installers as professionals. allow installers to distinguish their skills and experience in the field. but rather provides training based on nationally recognized standards for certification. reNEWS 21 . Solar Heating.NABCEP Installer Certification The MREA specializes in providing hands-on renewable energy education. validate extra resources spent on training and gaining experience. The NABCEP PV. For more information about any other certifications through NABCEP. instilling consumer confidence in their work. are shown to satsifty the knowledge and skills necessary for professional competency in the solar industry.org. visit www. and Small Wind Installer certifications are voluntary certifications that provide a set of national standards by which installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition.nabcep. allow for installer mobility as the market moves from state to state. when taken in the recommended progression of knowledge. The MREA does not certify installers. Our courses.

and weatherization training programs. Pieper Power • Clay Sterling. Madison College • Mike Joyce. North Wind Renewable Energy • Cris Folk. The MREA has achieved this accreditation for many of its courses and instructors. quality. Arch Electric (Affiliated Master Trainer) ISPQ Accredited Courses in Photovoltaics • Basic Photovoltaics • Residential PV Site Assessor • Commercial PV Site Assessor • Intermediate PV • Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems • PV Design & Installation Lab • Advanced Lead Installer – Residential PV Installation ISPQ Accredited Courses in Solar Thermal • Solar Domestic Hot Water • Residential Solar Hot Water Site Assessor 22 Currently certified in solar thermal technology are: • Andy DeRocher. we have many instructors who have received their instructor certification through ISPQ. the following MREA courses are accredited by ISPQ in three renewable energy technologies: • Commercial Solar Water Site Assessor • Solar Water Heating Installation Lab • Solar Space Heating Systems • Advanced Lead Installer – Residential Solar Thermal Installation • Solar Thermal Design ISPQ Accredited Continuing Education in Wind • Intro to Wind Energy Systems • Wind Site Assessor Training Currently certified in photovoltaic technology are: • Craig Buttke. and resources across a range of renewable energy. energy efficiency. Great Northern Sun (Affiliated Master Trainer) • Kurt Nelson. Full Spectrum Solar • Chris LaForge. a credential that shows that rigorous standards have been met. SOLutions • Jack O’Donohue • Matthew Parks. Sustainable Engineering Group • Mark Morgan. Currently. Bearpaw Design & Construction Currently certified in small wind technology is: • Clay Sterling.ISPQ Accreditation The MREA – An ISPQ Accredited Training Program The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) uses the Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) international framework to assess content. Midwest Renewable Energy Association • Ed Zinthefer. and still more working toward their certification. The MREA maintains the following accreditations through ISPQ: • Accredited Training Program for Photovoltaics • Accredited Training Program for Solar Thermal • Continuing Education Provider for Intro to Wind Energy Systems and Wind Site Assessor Training In addition to our accreditation. Midwest Renewable Energy Association .

and industry partnerships to help establish career pathways and expand solar installation opportunities. we have created solar program development plans and training agreements with 29 organizations and delivered 16 instructor trainings. With continued support from the U. Minnesota. The program will provide training to instructors and supportive services to help align instruction to the certificate standard.org or 715-592-6595. the MREA is working to expand partnerships in an innovative solar market development program. We have expanded our instructor trainings. subsidies will be available to organizations pursuing the PV Site Assessment Certificate through the Midwest Solar Training Network: www. For more information about becoming a Recognized Training Provider and questions about the Site Assessment Certificate Program.Midwest Solar Training Network The Midwest Solar Training Network (MSTN) is entering its 3rd year with a lot of wind in our sails. reNEWS 23 . the MREA has developed partnerships with training programs in Illinois. serving more than 250 participants.S. Ohio. To date. These partnerships allow instructors from across the Midwest to access professional development. Iowa.org. Dept. To find out more about MSTN. This program will help institutions align their training to the certificate standard. curriculum resources. including online offerings and a training pathway for instructors to deliver the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program training to their students. please contact SAcertificate@midwestrenew. Becoming a Recognized Training Provider Throughout 2013.org. visit www. we will be working with seven community colleges in the Midwest to develop community outreach programs. and Wisconsin.midwestsolartraining. student service learning experiences.midwestsolartraining. Indiana. of Energy SunShot Program. and offer the market-valued certificate to their students. Over the next three years. Michigan. You can read more about our instructor trainings on pages 44-46. the MREA will be partnering with educational institutions to launch the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program in seven states throughout the Midwest. and networks to help them develop and improve their solar training programs. In 2013. With additional support from the National Science Foundation through a grant received by Kankakee Community College.

0 Classroom Training Hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer • W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems – 8.0 • ST 501 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation – 32.0 • PV 404 Grounding and Bonding – 8.0 • PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor – 8. CEUs are offered at no additional cost to course participants. As courses are approved. • PV 403 PV and the NEC – 16. More information.0 Continuing Education Credits for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.0 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7. View their website for more information on NABCEP recertification at www.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.midwestrenew. MREA staff will do our best to submit the required paperwork and fees to help make our courses even more professionally valuable to course participants.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7. Continuing Education Credits for NABCEP PV Installer Certification • PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics – 8.org if you hold a credential or license that requires a CEU and you would like to take a MREA course to meet that requirement. and resources across a range of renewable energy.0 • PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics – 16.0 Please contact us at training@midwestrenew.org/ceus. We provide transcripts upon request.0 Many employers and professional organizations recognize the listed CEUs as documentation of continued professional growth.0 • ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation – 32.0 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40. the updated lists can be found at www.0 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7. a credential that shows that rigorous standards have been met.org/continuing-edrecertification. and a list of accredited courses can be found on page 22.0 • PV 401 Advanced Residential PV Installation – 40. quality. Listed here are the MREA courses that can be used for continuing education credits for NABCEP Installer Certification in renewable energy technologies: 24 • PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab – 32. • PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems – 6. The MREA has achieved this accreditation for many of its courses and instructors. and weatherization training programs.0 Credentialing Organizations: Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) uses the Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) international framework to assess content. North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®) MREA’s ISPQ accredited courses are approved for NABCEP continuing education credits (CEC).0 • PV 408 Case Study in Commercial Design – 8.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 21.continuing education units The MREA courses recognized for continuing education by state licensing authorities and trade organizations can be found here.0 • PV 305 PV System Design – 7.0 • ST 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design – 7.0 .0 • ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor – 8.0 • W 201 Small Wind Site Assessor Training – 32. energy efficiency.0 • PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging – 16.nabcep.

5 • ST 403 High-Mass Sand Beds and Other Seasonal Solar Thermal Storage – 6.0 • PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training – 6.5 Building Performance Institute (BPI) Continuing Education Units • PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics – 3. Safety.75 • PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training – 3.0 Heating .0 • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.5 • PV 103 Electrical Load Analysis – 4.0 State Licensing Agencies for Electricians.0 • PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor – 8.0 WI Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification • PV 101 Basic PV – 7.0 • W 101 Intro to Wind – 8.0 HVAC Efficiency: Senior • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.Gas: Installer and Service • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.5 • GB 103 Intro to Straw Bale Construction – 6.0 • STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online – 8.5 • PV 301 Design and Installation Lab – 32.Hydronics .0 • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 12.0 • W 201 Wind Site Assessor – 12.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.0 • STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online – 8. Plumbers.5 • GB 102 Sustainable and Natural Building – Materials and Methods – 6.Oil: Installer and Service • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.5 • ST 105 Solar Air Heat Introduction – 6. Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification • PV 101 Basic PV – 8.The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Health.0 • ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab – 24.75 North American Technician Excellence Credits (NATE) Core: Installer and Service Credits • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water – 8.0 • PV 401 Residential PV Installation – 40.0 Heating .0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.5 • ST 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design – 13.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7.5 • SA 215 Water Pumping with Solar and Wind – 6.5 • PV 101 and PVO 101 Basic PV – 6.5 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7. Welfare and Sustainable Development Learning Units • G 101 Introduction to Renewable Energy – 3.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.Hydronics .0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0 • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 8.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.0 • W 101 Intro to Wind – 6.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 8.5 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40.0 • STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online – 8.5 • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 6. and Construction Trades: Wisconsin Department of Commerce Select MREA courses are recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce as continuing education for licensed professionals: All numbers refer to number of credit hours. Inspectors.5 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7.0 reNEWS 25 .

5 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7.5 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7.0 WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Service License • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0 • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 6.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0 WI Journeyman and Master Plumber License • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0 WI Industrial Journeyman Electrician License • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • W 306 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind) – 24.0 • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.5 • PV 205 Intermediate PV – 14.0 • W 306 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind) – 24.0 WI UDC – Plumbing Inspector Certification • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 4.0 WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electrician LIcense • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor– 12.5 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40.0 • W 306 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind) – 24.0 • PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab – 32.0 • PV 401 Residential PV Installation – 40.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.5 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.continuing education units WI Beginner Electrician Registration WI UDC – Electrical Inspector Certification • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0 • PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems – 6.0 WI UDC – HVAC Inspector Certification • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 8.0 26 • ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor – 8.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7.0 • PV 101 Basic PV – 7.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0 WI Journeyman and Master Electrician Certification • PV 101 Basic PV – 7.5 • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems – 7.0 .0 WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliance License • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 18.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0 • W 409 Math and Code for Small Wind – 16.0 • PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab – 32.0 • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.5 • PV 501 Lead Installer Training – PV – 40.5 • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers – 7.0 • PV 405 Advancements in PV – 7.0 • PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems – 3.0 • PV 401 Residential PV Installation – 40.

5 Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Select MREA courses may be recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as continuing education for licensed professionals: Check the course you wish to take to see if it is approved for credit hours. reNEWS 27 .5 • ST 410 Solar Thermal Design Considerations – 4.0 • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 14.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 3.0 • ST 301 Solar Water Heating Installation Lab – 4.0 • ST 409 Solar Space Heating Systems – 3.Iowa Department of Public Health Select MREA courses are recognized by the Iowa Department of Public Health as continuing education for licensed professionals: Plumbing License • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems – 7.5 Hydronics License • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 1.5 • ST 410 Solar Thermal Design Considerations – 4.0 HVAC License • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 1.0 • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training – 5.

For more information about the CERET program. 28 . participants can receive experiential credits for select MREA courses through the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) program.ceret. For an updated listing. Participants seeking credit are still responsible for any prerequisites that may be necessary for credit courses. please visit the CERET program website at www. The following courses are available for credit: Solar Thermal: • ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems • ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training • ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation Photovoltaics: • PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics • PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor • PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics • PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab • PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation Wind: • W 201 Wind Site Assessor Training • W 401 Wind System Repair and Maintenance Additional courses may be available for credit.courses for credit CERET Courses Through a partnership with Madison College.us. call 608-246-6812. Some advanced courses are offered under elective categories.

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Heartland Community College in Bloomington/Normal. organizations. and Van Meter Electric Supply in Iowa. Milwaukee Community Service Corps. Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. Illinois. and community colleges that want to get their foot in the door and begin training their entire staff on renewable energy technologies so they can add renewable energy to their slate of services. reNEWS 31 . State of Indiana. Milwaukee Community Service Corps Photo Credit: Clay Sterling UWV-Parkersburg Photo credit: Clay Sterling For more information on how MREA can provide training for your business or institution. University West Virginia – Parkersburg. MREA will again be offering customized training to businesses.org/ customizedtraining. What members probably don’t know is that for the past four years.customized trainings Most members are familiar with MREA delivering high-quality training in the Upper Midwest-Wisconsin and the fringes of surrounding states. MREA has been hired to deliver its programs to places far and wide in the lower 48 states.midwestrenew. Business training requests have continued at a steady growth as renewable energy becomes more competitive with traditional electrical power generation. Werner Electric Supply in Wisconsin and Minnesota. check out our website www. Nebraska. Clients include: The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee.

Introduction to Biofuels Primer on Steps to Manage a Successful Renewable Energy Project Primer on Connecting to the Grid Primer on Electrical Load Analysis Introduction to Renewable Energy Being a Smart Solar Energy System Consumer Electrical Load Analysis Primer on Renewable Energy and Building Design Primer on Solar Safe Roofs Sustainable and Natural Building – Materials and Methods Introduction to Straw Bale Construction Introduction to Cordwood Construction Primer on Solar Electricity Primer on Common Mistakes in PV System Design Working with Electricity Primer on Renewable Energy Options for a Farm The Self-Sustaining Lifestyle Series (in various topics) Primer on Solar Water Heating Solar Air Heat Introduction Primer on Wind Electricity Primer on Selecting a Wind Turbine Green Building Courses See pages 37 for more details.course listing Our 2013 course offering is listed below. Primer Courses Photovoltaic Courses AT 105 G 050 G 055 G 060 G 101 G 102 G 103 GB 050 GB 055 GB 102 GB 103 GB 105 PV 050 PV 055 PV 104 SA 050 SL 140 ST 050 ST 105 W 050 W 055 PV 101 See pages 34-36 for more details. please visit our website. If you do not have Internet access and would like for us to print and mail a copy of the course schedule to you. GB 301 GB 305 32 Straw Bale Construction Site-Based Installation (in various topics) See pages 38-46 for more details.org/workshops. which is updated on a daily basis at www. please call 715-592-6595.midwestrenew. Basic Photovoltaics PVO 101 Basic Photovoltaics Online PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor PVO 201 Residential PV Site Assessor Online PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics PV 207 PV System Commissioning and Decommissioning PVO 209 Solar Electric Vehicle Charging for Home and Business PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems PV 211 PV System Inspection PV 301 Photovoltaic Design and Installation Lab PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online PV 305 PV System Design PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation PV 403 PV and the NEC PV 404 Grounding and Bonding PVO 405 Advancements in PV PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems PV 408 Case Study in Commercial PV Design PV 409 PV Math PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online PV 501 Lead Installer Training – Residential PV PV 502 NABCEP Test Prep PVO 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute PV 702 Model PV Training Program Institute PVO 703 PV Curriculum Development Online . To view the 2013 schedule of courses.

PVO 705 PV 710 PV 711 PV 715 Site Assessment Instruction Online PV Training Lab Design PV Training Lab Design and Installation Advanced Topics in PV Training (in various topics) Small Wind Courses See pages 47-48 for more details. SAO 110 SA 205 SAO 210 SA 215 SA 230 SA 235 Understanding Stray Voltage Online Biodiesel Production on the Farm Whole Farm Renewable Energy Design Online Water Pumping with Solar and Wind Solar Aquaponic Systems Small Scale Biodigesters Solar Thermal Courses See pages 49-53 for more details. W 101 WO 101 WO 201 W 307 PV-W W 401 WO 409 Introduction to Wind Systems Introduction to Wind Systems Online Small Wind Site Assessor Training Online Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems Wind System Repair and Maintenance Math and Code for Small Wind Online Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Courses See pages 54 for more details. ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training STO 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training Online ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation ST 403 High-Mass Sand Beds and Other Seasonal Solar Thermal Storage ST 406 Solar Water Systems Commissioning and Testing ST 407 Solar Water Systems Decommissioning STO 409 Solar Space Heating Systems Online STO 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design Online PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online ST 501 Solar Thermal Advanced Lead Installation ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute STO 705 Site Assessment Instruction Solar Air Panel Installation 2012 Photo credit: Chris Talbot-Heindl reNEWS 33 .

and connection requirements. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20 SOLAR THERMAL G 060 Primer on Electrical Load Analysis AGRICULTURE Course Description: Participants in this one-day course will learn the basics of performing an electrical load analysis and how to reduce energy usage through energy efficiency measures. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20 G 050 Primer on Steps to Manage a Successful Renewable Energy Project G 102 Being a Smart Solar Electric System Consumer Course Description: Course Description: In this primer. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20 GB 050 Primer on Renewable Energy and Building Design Course Description: In this primer. and how reduced energy consumption can recoup money for an eventual renewable energy system. solar thermal systems. Price: Member: Free 34 Non-Member: $20 G 103 Electrical Load Analysis Course Description: Participants in this primer will learn the basics of performing an electrical load analysis and how to reduce energy usage through energy efficiency measures. and everything in between. This course will cover how to determine energy needs with a load profile. participants will learn about the steps needed to ensure a successful renewable energy project. net metering. Participants will receive a step-by-step guide to renewable energy project management. and how reduced energy consumption can recoup money for an eventual renewable energy system. utilities. among others. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20 . B100. participants will learn the implications of solar and wind energy systems on building design including: building orientation. and monitoring strategies to help participants choose wisely. Topics will include passive solar design. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20 GREEN BUILDING This primer will provide information about the basics of biofuels. Participants will learn about oilseed production and how they can use biofuels to fuel vehicles. participants will learn about connecting a renewable energy system to the grid. and wind electric systems. Participants will learn about grid interactive systems. how it works. The course will discuss common financing. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20 PHOTOVOLTAICS In this primer. Price: Member: Free Non-Member: $20 G 055 Primer on Connecting to the Grid Course Description: SMALL WIND In this primer. determine which loads are appropriate for electricity and which are appropriate for other sources. and used cooking oil. choose appliances to meet certain needs. choose appliances to meet certain needs. solar electric systems. and aesthetics. how to use the grid as a “back-up” system. participants will learn to decipher what they are shopping for.PRIMER primer course descriptions AT 105 Introduction to Biofuels G 101 Introduction to Renewable Energy Course Description: Course Description: In this half-day course. including ethanol. structural considerations. participants will receive a broad overview of what renewable energy is. This primer will cover how to determine the energy needs with a load profile. generators. building integrated technologies. and what it can do for you. determine which loads are appropriate for electricity and which are appropriate for other sources.

Course Description:

This primer will provide an overview of the main
considerations that should be addressed when
installing solar electric and solar thermal arrays on
residential and commercial roofs.

This primer will introduce the concept of solar
electricity also known as photovoltaics (PV).
Participants will learn the basic definition of PV, how
PV systems work, and how PV systems can add to
the value of any home or business.

Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

Price: Member: Free

GREEN BUILDING

PV 050 Primer on Solar Electricity

Course Description:

PRIMER

GB 055 Primer on Solar Safe Roofs

Non-Member: $20

GB 102 Sustainable and Natural Building –
Materials and Methods

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Course Description:
In this course, participants will learn about different
types and styles of alternative construction and
sustainable building techniques. Topics will include
foundations, local material, wall systems, stick
framing, post and beam, timber frame, steel and
living roofs. Materials covered will include wood, clay,
sand, stone, straw bale, straw-clay, cob, cordwood,
earth bag, rammed earth, and rammed tire.
Price: Member: Free
Non-Member $20

GB 105 Introduction to
Cordwood Construction

PV 104 Working with Electricity
Course Description:
This course provides participants with an overview
of the fundamental skills and concepts to help
prospective PV installers develop competent and
safe work practices when dealing with photovoltaic
systems. This course will help provide an overview
of electrical theory, Ohm’s Law and power formulas,
and series circuits/parallel circuit configurations.
Participants will become familiar with common
electrical tools and learn how to safely and accurately
measure electricity in a circuit. This course is highly
recommended for non-electricians interested in PV
system installation.
Price: Member: Free

AGRICULTURE

Course Description:
In this course, the main focus will be using cordwood
construction to build a house or cabin using codeapproved techniques. Participants will learn the
timelines for wood prep, site prep, foundation
options, and wall types as well as mortar mixes,
insulation options, and wood treatment.
Price: Member: Free
Non-Member: $20

Participants on the PV Training Roof 2012
Photo credit: Chris Talbot-Heindl

SOLAR THERMAL

Course Description:
This course will provide participants the A through
Z of building with straw bales: from creating
foundations to putting on a roof. Topics will include
different ways to work with straw, as well as discuss
the different types of plasters. Participants will also
learn how to keep fire, mold, mildew, and rodents
away.
Price: Member: Free
Non-Member: $20

SMALL WIND

GB 103 Introduction to
Straw Bale Construction

Non-Member: $20

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PRIMER

primer course descriptions
SA 050 Primer on Renewable Energy Options
for a Farm

W 050 Primer on Wind Electricity

Course Description:

This primer will introduce the concept of wind
electricity. Participants will learn basic definition
of wind electricity, how small wind electric systems
work, and how wind systems can add to the value of
any home or business.

GREEN BUILDING

In this primer, participants will learn the different
options for renewable energy integration on a farm.
The primer will present the need and importance
for renewable energy, the types of systems that are
available, and strategic planning for integration of
renewable energy on a farm.
Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

PHOTOVOLTAICS

SL 140 The Self-Sustaining Lifestyle Series
(in various topics)
Course Description:

SMALL WIND

This course will be dedicated to endowing
participants with the knowledge and skills to lead
them toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Topics
will vary and may include: canning, home energy
efficiency, bike maintenance and commuting,
seed saving, herbal ointments and tinctures, food
dehydration, backyard chickens, and
tool maintenance.
Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

ST 050 Primer on Solar Water Heating
Course Description:

SOLAR THERMAL

In this primer, participants will be introduced to
the concept of solar water heating. Participants will
learn the basic definition of solar water heating,
how solar water heating systems work, and how
solar water systems can add to the value of any
home or business.
Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

ST 105 Solar Air Heat Introduction
Course Description:

AGRICULTURE

In this primer, participants will learn the basics of
solar air heating. Participants will learn how solar
air panels work, describe and identify components,
define the solar window, and estimate system
production.
Price: Member: Free

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Non-Member: $20

Course Description:

Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

W 055 Primer on Selecting a Wind Turbine
Course Description:
This primer will overview the physics, practicality,
and performance of horizontal axis, roof-top, and
vertical axis wind turbines.
Price: Member: Free

Non-Member: $20

GB 103 Introduction to Straw Bale Construction
Price: Member: TBD

Non-Member: TBD

Course Description:
Throughout the year, MREA instructors are involved
in a variety of construction projects suitable for
hands-on learning. These projects include straw bale
walls, cordwood walls, living roofs, earthen floors,
etc. Installation workshops run from 2-5 days and
involve approximately 25% lecture and 75% hands-on
work. Over the years, these installations have proven
to be an excellent opportunity to gain experience and
identify the building materials and methods right for
participants.
Check the MREA website, www.midwestrenew.org/
workshops, for the topics, dates, and locations of this
year’s site-based installation workshops.
Prerequisites:

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Course Description:
In this course, participants will learn about the history of
straw bale construction and other sustainable practices,
and get the ins and outs of straw bale construction.
Participants will do hands-on work with straw stacking,
stitching, and plastering.
Prerequisites:

GB 305 Site-Based Installation
(in various topics)

GREEN BUILDING

GB 301 Straw Bale Construction

PRIMER

green building
course
descriptions

GB 102 Sustainable and Natural Building – Materials
and Methods and TBD by course topic
Price: Member: TBD

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SOLAR THERMAL

Farming for the future

AGRICULTURE

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SMALL WIND

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0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 7.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 7. and incentives.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $90 38 Non-Member: $110 Course Description: Participants in this one-day course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a residential property.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270 . and understand the basics of PV site assessment. Prerequisites: None Continuing Education Units: 8.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7. To receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate. and evaluating existing infrastructure. diagram the four PV system types. webinars. describe and identify components. make energy efficiency recommendations. and quizzes to teach how to perform a PV site assessment for a residential property. two practice site assessments.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8. topic resources. assignments. efficiency recommendations.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7. diagram the four PV system types.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 8.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 8.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270 Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and basic computer skills Continuing Education Units: 8. SOLAR THERMAL PV 201 Residential PV Site Assessor PVO 101 Basic Photovoltaics Online GREEN BUILDING PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. understand the best application and limitations of system types. and evaluating existing infrastructure. pass the written test. define the solar window. PV system performance calculators. estimate system loads.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 To receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate. and pay a $50 exam fee. pass the written test. AGRICULTURE Continuing Education Units: 8. The course will cover site assessment tools. webinars. Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and basic computer skills Continuing Education Units: 8. PV system performance calculators.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7. Participants will access online tools for solar resource analysis. and quizzes to teach the basics of solar electric systems. estimate system loads. The course will cover site assessment tools. cost estimates. basic system sizing. and understand the basics of PV site assessment. efficiency recommendations. and incentives. Prerequisites: None SMALL WIND PVO 201 Residential PV Site Assessor Online Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations. Participants will access online tools for solar resource analysis.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 6. topic resources. participants will need to complete this course. load analysis. load analysis. describe and identify components. cost estimates.PRIMER photovoltaic course descriptions PHOTOVOLTAICS Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work. understand the best application and limitations of system types. assignments. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work. basic system sizing.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 6. make energy efficiency recommendations. array placement options. define the solar window. array placement options. and pay a $50 exam fee. participants will need to complete this course. two practice site assessments.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8.

Today. connect. and interface areas means that all firefighters and their commanders will encounter these systems eventually. the utility. National Electrical Code implications for both PV installers and firefighters. GREEN BUILDING Course Description: This two-day course uses lecture and hands-on classroom activities to teach the basic principles of PV system design and installation. and proper documentation. and test a small stand-alone system and a utility interactive system. discuss trends in the market.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 14. and installation standards enforced by local authorities. system monitoring and maintenance. the proliferation of utility interactive photovoltaic systems in urban. Participants will size. coordination with utility and inspection officials. and model the finances of electric vehicle and solar electric systems. performance assessment. only firefighters in remote or rural areas ever expected to see renewable energy systems during emergency responses.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 AGRICULTURE reNEWS 39 . suburban. system layout. battery connections. Participants in this course will learn suggested response guidelines for firefighter safety with renewable energy systems. participants will learn about PV system commissioning and decommissioning. Participants will learn system sizing. and discuss scenarios to increase awareness of procedures critical to safety. PVO 209 Solar Electric Vehicle Charging for Home and Business Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or firefighter Continuing Education Units: 6. including.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $380 Non-Member: $400 Course Description: This online course is designed for home and business owners looking to power electric vehicles with photovoltaic (PV) systems. This class is recommended for participants working toward NABCEP Certification or planning on attending MREA advanced classes. PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems SMALL WIND PV 207 PV System Commissioning and Decommissioning Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute Price: Member: $180 Non-Member: $200 PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and PV 104 Working with Electricity or equivalent experience Continuing Education Units: 16. participants will learn to analyze options. safety.PRIMER PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $180 Non-Member: $200 Course Description: In the past. This course will help to define and build the skills required to ensure a professional installation that meets the needs of the customer. estimate costs. With an overview of available products. SOLAR THERMAL Course Description: In this one-day course. and basic installation techniques. safe start up procedures. troubleshooting.

0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 32.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 32. component selection and specification. and resources used to select equipment. AGRICULTURE Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 32. Participants will learn how to correctly design.PRIMER photovoltaic course descriptions PV 211 PV System Inspection PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online GREEN BUILDING Course Description: A formal inspection of a photovoltaic system ensures that the PV system installation conforms to professional. In this course. grounding. determine breaker size.0 CHs for WI UDC – Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $700 Non-Member: $720 40 Prerequisites: PV 201 PV Site Assessor and PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 PV 305 PV System Design Course Description: This one-day course provides an advanced level of lecture that prepares the participants for designing photovoltaic (PV) systems. system design and layout. electrical calculations. and site the array. While working on a training roof. In-depth discussion topics include product specification. product integration. electrical and mechanical integration techniques. and select PV system components and identify and interpret National Electric Code (NEC) articles that pertain to the installations. and solutions.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 32. Course Description: This online course will guide participants through the design process for a utility interactive residential or small commercial PV system. tools. major system design issues. perform string sizing. participants will learn safety procedures. PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate Photovoltaics or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or Electrical Inspector Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 PV 301 Photovoltaic Design and Installation Lab SOLAR THERMAL SMALL WIND Course Description: This four-day course offers participants an advanced level of lecture and hands-on learning that will prepare them for field installations and other advanced courses. legal. determine equipment location. common mistakes. participants will become familiar with applicable standards that ensure that system mounting and attachments. size. Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7. and troubleshooting. Participants will become familiar with the procedures. Participants will apply their knowledge by solving design challenges in three PV system case studies. system design capabilities and limitations. plan system layout.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 . and regional electrical and mechanical standards. labeling. and documentation meet existing codes.

0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 40.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors 3.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors 6.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 3. The course will also cover equipment listing and labeling requirements. Prerequisites: PV 301 Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 40. Participants will learn sizing. Participants learn about the Balance of System. code compliant calculations and system labeling requirements.0 CHs for WI Industrial Journeyman Electricians 3.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 40.0 CHs for WI Beginner Electrician Registration 3. component selection. Continuing Education Units: 3.0 CHs for WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $55 Non-Member: $75 GREEN BUILDING PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation Course Description: This three-hour course will include a review of NEC Articles 690 and 705. This course is intended to inform Electrical Installers and Inspectors of code compliance requirements for solar electric systems.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 6.Course Description: This installation course offers participants an advanced level of lecture and hands-on learning as they install a permanent residential or commercial utility interactive PV system from the ground up. 2012 Photo credit: Clay Sterling reNEWS 41 . code compliant calculations and system labeling requirements. NEC calculations and requirements. The course will also cover equipment listing and labeling requirements.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 3.0 CHs for WI Industrial Journeyman Electricians 6.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 6.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 40.0 CHs for WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $110 Non-Member: $130 SOLAR THERMAL Course Description: This six-hour course will include a review of NEC Articles 690 and 705. This course is intended to inform Electrical Installers and Inspectors of code compliance requirements for renewable electric systems.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: TBD Non-Member: TBD PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: Must be an electrical inspector or PV installer. PRIMER PV 310 Inspecting Solar Electric Systems SMALL WIND PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems AGRICULTURE Prerequisites: Must be an electrical inspector or renewable installer. and real world installation techniques.0 CHs for WI Beginner Electrician Registration 6. system layout. Continuing Education Units: 6.

inverters.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7. box fill. including terminology and specific requirements for PV systems. disconnection means. building blocks and navigation of NEC.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7. most efficient.PRIMER photovoltaic course descriptions PVO 405 Advancements in PV Course Description: This two-day course will cover the NEC requirements necessary for safe and codecompliant PV electrical installation.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers Course Description: This course presents an in-depth analysis of issues for photovoltaic (PV) systems relating to National Electrical Code (NEC) Section 690. charge controllers. PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 16.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 7.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 7. Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7. and safest methods for installing PV systems that meet NEC code. GREEN BUILDING PV 403 PV and the NEC Course Description: This online course is designed to bring participants up-to-date on the newest equipment and techniques used in PV installation. and labeling. grounding.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $430 Non-Member: $450 PV 404 Grounding and Bonding SMALL WIND Course Description: This one-day course will identify the general requirements of NEC Article 250 – Grounding and Bonding of electrical systems.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 42 Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7. and voltage drops. mounting structures. This includes the latest gear (modules. Topics include: the layout. and code compliant calculations for conductor ampacity. conduit fill.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 .) and the newest. The course will conclude with a utility interactive PV case study in which students will calculate all the necessary components.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7. Code issues in PV system design and specification will be covered as well as issues concerning product listing requirements. wiring. overcurrent protection. AGRICULTURE SOLAR THERMAL Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 8. etc.5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7.

charging load requirements. Using a combination of lecture and classroom activities. and how to use PV to do it. Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 7. SOLAR THERMAL Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 8. the course will review all pertinent mathematics.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging SMALL WIND Course Description: This one-day course will guide the participant through the step-by-step process of reading and interpreting blueprints of a 1MW ground-mounted utility interactive photovoltaic (PV) commercial project.5 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 GREEN BUILDING PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: TBD Price: Member: $430 Non-Member: $450 AGRICULTURE reNEWS 43 .5 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 7. and maintenance. sizing a PV Source and PV Output circuit conductors and their overcurrent protection. PV module and inverter electrical characteristics. enclosure and equipment grounding. PV 408 Commercial PV Design Course Description: This two-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the fundamentals of electric vehicle (EV) charging.PRIMER PV 409 PV Math Course Description: PV systems that employ batteries require significant design considerations. post installation support. and mechanical integration. NEC compliance. Participants will discuss topics including electrical integration. Whether using batteries with a bimodal or stand-alone system. Recommended for understanding the math portions of the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam. which balance of system components are needed. voltage drop calculations.5 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 7. although much of the focus will be directed by participants in order to address their areas of concern. inter-row shading.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 7. An overview of the EV industry will cover requirements and policies for utility integration and NEC requirements. and how to install the EV charging station. Course Description: This course will focus on code compliant calculations required for PV system design. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for PV applications. conduit fill. Participants will learn how to site an EV charging station. The course will also cover troubleshooting. battery selection and sizing is challenging.

webinars.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 40.200 . Each participant will work as a crewmember on the remaining systems. assignments. AGRICULTURE Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 40. and NEC code considerations. PV 205 (Intermediate Photovoltaics). construction permitting. As crew leader. hands-on installation. and PV 301 (PV Design and Installation Lab). Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: TBD Price: Member: $300 Non-Member: $320 PVO 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute This online/hands-on hybrid course is designed for instructors who will be offering photovoltaic technical training at their organization. and design work that covers the MREA course content for PV 101 (Basic Photovoltaics).PRIMER photovoltaic course descriptions GREEN BUILDING Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations. design. The lead installer will review the site assessment and system performance analysis. Prerequisites: Participants must be affiliated with an active solar training program. each participant will direct system siting.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 40. and commissioning activities with emphasis on safety and documentation. installation. topic resources. Participants will advance through lecture. PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: PV 205 Intermediate PV or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 PV 501 Lead Installer Training – Residential PV SOLAR THERMAL SMALL WIND Course Description: This 6-12 day course allows each participant to be the lead installer on one system (of multiple to be installed) – which can be used to meet Focus on Energy and/or North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) systems installation experience requirements. structural integrity of solar systems under various weather conditions. This is a 40-hour course consisting of eight hours of online lecture materials in advance of four days of hands-on activities working on PV systems in Central Wisconsin. Participants will work through content related to the NABCEP task analysis to give a clear understanding of the knowledge and competencies required in the exam. structural integrity of buildings and roofs.0 CHs for WI UDC – Electrical Inspectors Price: Member: TBD Non-Member: TBD 44 PV 502 NABCEP Test Prep Course Description: This two-day intensive class will present participants with knowledge and tools to prepare them to take the NABCEP PV Installer Certification exam.0 CECs for NABCEP PV Installer Certification 40. and quizzes to teach the structural considerations involved in solar installations. Price: Member: $1. Preference will be given first to applicants who are registered for the next NABCEP PV Installer Certification exam and then to those who have fulfilled the complete list of requirements to sit for the exam.180 Non-Member: $1. Participants will learn about local building codes.

discuss best practices for training lab design. The instruction and resources in this course are designed for instructors looking to integrate PV content into their curriculum or design a program of study for PV Design and Installation or PV Technical Sales professionals. and use. online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructor-guided. Participants in this course will gain access to curriculum resources including presentations. SMALL WIND Course Description: This online course is designed for instructors looking to design and improve training programs for photovoltaic (PV) design. Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600 PV 710 PV Training Lab Design Course Description: This one-day course is designed for instructors looking to design and build training labs for use in their photovoltaic training program. installation. work on training lab designs. The course includes five. online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructor-guided. and career placement services. and identify approaches for getting onsite experience for their students. Participants will review training lab designs found at institutions throughout the Midwest. manuals. This course is designed to bring together leaders in PV training from across the Midwest to share best practices and sustainable program models. student hands-on experience. self-paced work. To become a Recognized Training Provider and offer MREA’s PV Site Assessment Certificate Program at their institution. instructors are required to hold a current MREA PV Site Assessment Certificate. form strategies to build partnerships. scheduled 90-minute online presentations with live discussion. This course covers instructional materials and tech mentoring strategies as well as procedures for the MREA’s Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate. Recognized Training Provider status is valid for three years. construction. and quizzes. solar content integration. Participants are paired with a technology subject expert as they learn to apply the tech mentoring tools to practice site assessment reports.PRIMER PV 702 Model PV Training Program Institute PVO 703 PV Curriculum Development Online Prerequisites: PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics. develop resources for use in their classrooms. videos. selfpaced work. This is a 16-hour. sign a Letter of Agreement. and sales technicians. PV 201 PV Site Assessor Training. The course includes best practices for curriculum development. PVO 705 Photovoltaics Site Assessment Instruction Online Prerequisite: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute Price: Member: $580 Non-Member: $600 reNEWS 45 . PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $1. Participants will share and review curriculum. SOLAR THERMAL Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $280 Non-Member: $300 AGRICULTURE This is a 16-hour. GREEN BUILDING Course Description: This four-day institute is designed for instructors with experience teaching photovoltaics in a lecture and hands-on environment.180 Non-Member: $1. and one approved tech mentored PV site assessment report. The course will share case studies of successful programs throughout the US and strategies for training program accreditation and professional certification for students. and pay a $300 fee.200 Course Description: This online course is a requirement for instructors interested in teaching MREA’s accredited Photovoltaics Site Assessment Certificate program (ANSI-IREC 14732:2012) at their institution.

180 Non-Member: $1.PRIMER photovoltaic course descriptions PV 711 PV Training Lab Design and Installation GREEN BUILDING Course Description: This three-day hands-on installation workshop is designed for instructors looking to design and build training labs for use in their solar training program. Topics will vary to meet requests and needs. and work with the MREA to install a PV system on a mock training roof for use in a Midwest school’s solar training program. discuss best practices for training lab design. and use. Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Courses that Qualify: • PV 207 PV System Commissioning and Decommissioning • PVO 209 Solar Electric Vehicle Charging for Home and Business • PV 210 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems • PV 211 PV System Inspection • PVO 303 PV Conceptual Design Online • PV 305 PV System Design SMALL WIND • PV 401 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation • PV 403 PV and the NEC • PV 404 Grounding and Bonding • PVO 405 Advancements in PV • PV 406 Code Primer for Officials and Installers • PV 407 Battery-Based PV Systems SOLAR THERMAL • PV 408 Commercial PV Design • PV 409 PV Math • PV 410 PV Conceptual Design for Solar EV Charging • PV-STO 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online • PV 501 Lead Installer Training . PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $1.200 PV 715 Advanced Topics in PV Training Course Description: These Advanced Topics in PV Training courses are designed for instructors who want to develop advanced PV content that their educational institutions can offer to students. 2012 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore 46 . Participants will review training lab designs found at institutions throughout the Midwest.Residential PV AGRICULTURE • PV 502 NABCEP Test Prep Participants on the PV Training Roof. construction.

0 classroom training hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification 12.6 Jacobs Wind Turbine Repair 2012 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore reNEWS 47 . sizing.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $550 Non-Member: $570 SMALL WIND This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations. and quizzes to teach the basics of wind electric systems.WO 201 Small Wind Site Assessor Training Course Description: Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of wind electric systems. and pay a $50 exam fee. assignments. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design.0 classroom training hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification 6.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers GREEN BUILDING W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems PRIMER small wind course descriptions Prerequisites: None SOLAR THERMAL Continuing education units: 8. and siting of wind energy systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8. determine wind speeds at proposed heights. pass a written test. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design. make a load profile for a client’s energy needs. Participants in this online/hands-on hybrid course will learn how to perform a site assessment for a small wind system. and estimate kWh output for a system based upon wind resources. Prerequisites: None Continuing education units: Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 WO 101 Introduction to Wind Systems Online Course Description: Prerequisites: W 101 Introductions to Wind Systems Continuing education units: 32. topic resources. The course will cover how to evaluate a site’s wind energy potential.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 AGRICULTURE 3. webinars.0 classroom training hours toward NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification 6. and siting of wind energy systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 8. To receive a MREA Wind Site Assessor Certificate you will need to perform two practice site assessments. sizing. determine appropriate tower heights. PHOTOVOLTAICS 8.

and more. basic knot tying. The course will conclude with a climb on a tower practicing the safety procedures and knowledge learned in class. Participants will be educated in climbing mechanics.0 CHs for WI Industrial Journeyman Electricians 6. fall protection. Many of the calculations and processes in this course align with the Job Task Analysis for the NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification. AGRICULTURE SOLAR THERMAL Prerequisites: Must be an electrical inspector or renewable installer.0 CHs for WI UDC-Electrical Inspectors 6. guyed lattice. overcurrent protection. GREEN BUILDING This one-day course will focus on the fundamentals of tower climbing and safety.PRIMER small wind course descriptions W 307 Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety W 401 Wind System Repair and Maintenance Course Description: Participants in this two-day course will perform repairs and annual maintenance on a selection of area wind turbines and systems. and tilt-up towers.0 CHs for WI Beginner Electrician Registration 6. Prerequisites: None PHOTOVOLTAICS Price: Member: $180 Non-Member: $200 PV-W 310 Inspecting Solar and Wind Electric Systems SMALL WIND Course Description: This three-hour course will include a review of NEC Articles 690 and 705.0 CHs for WI Residential Journeyman and Master Electricians Price: Member: $110 Non-Member: $130 48 Course Description: Prerequisites: W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems and W 307 Tower Climbing Safety Price: Member: $380 Non-Member: $400 WO 409 Math and Code for Small Wind Online Course Description: Participants in this course will learn to effectively reference and use the National Electrical Code (NEC) with regard to the installation of small wind energy systems. hazard assessment. and associated equipment for grid interactive and battery-based systems. This is a working course with optional tower climbing. The course will also cover equipment listing and labeling requirements. Machines from 1 kW to 20 kW may be covered. including work on freestanding. and to properly size conductors. Prerequisites: W 101 Introduction to Wind Systems Price: Member: $300 Non-Member: $320 . This course is intended to inform Electrical Installers and Inspectors of code compliance requirements for renewable electric systems. code compliant calculations and system labeling requirements.0 CHs for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors 6.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians 6. Continuing Education Units: 6.

STO 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water Online Course Description: This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. webinars.0 CHs for WI UDC – Plumbing Inspectors 7. understand the best application and limitations of each system type. describe and identify components. and estimate system loads.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contract Qualifiers 8. define the solar window.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliances Price: Member: $90 SMALL WIND Price: Member: $90 PHOTOVOLTAICS Course Description: GREEN BUILDING ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water PRIMER solar thermal course descriptions Non-Member: $110 SOLAR THERMAL AGRICULTURE Caleffi Solar Installation 2012 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore reNEWS 49 .0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 6. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work. make hot water efficiency recommendations. topic resources.0 CHs for WI UDC – Plumbing Inspectors 7. Participants will learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems work.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 7. and estimate system loads.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 7. Continuing Education Units: Prerequisites: None 8.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliances Continuing Education Units: Non-Member: $110 8. define the solar window. make hot water efficiency recommendations.0 CHs for WI UDC – HVAC Inspectors 4.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 8.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 8.5 LUs for AIA – HSW/SD 7.0 CHs for WI UDC – HVAC Inspectors 4. understand the best application and limitations of each system type. assignments.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 7.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contract Qualifiers 8. and quizzes to teach the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems. Prerequisites: None This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations. describe and identify components.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 6.

0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 1.0 CHs for WI UDC-Plumbing Inspectors SMALL WIND Prerequisites: Continuing Education Units: PHOTOVOLTAICS Prerequisites: To receive a MREA Residential Solar Thermal Assessor Certificate. size a system. pass the written test. and pay a $50 exam fee.0 CHs for WI UDC-HVAC Inspectors 12. assignments. topic resources. size a system. two practice site assessments.0 CHs for IA Hydronics License 12. and quizzes to teach how to perform a solar water heating site assessment for a home. ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water 8.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 8.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 5.0 CHs for WI UDC-Plumbing Inspectors Price: Member: $250 Non-Member: $270 . To receive a MREA Residential Solar Thermal Site Assessor Certificate.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 1. and determine the best location for collectors. interpret solar radiation and temperature data.0 CHs for WI UDC-HVAC Inspectors 12.PRIMER solar thermal course descriptions STO 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training Online Course Description: Course Description: Participants in this one-day course will learn how to perform a solar water heating site assessment for a home. The course will cover how to define a site’s solar window. participants will need to complete this course.0 CHs for IA HVAC License 1. The course will cover how to define a site’s solar window. and determine the best location for collectors. GREEN BUILDING ST 201 Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations.0 CHs for IA Hydronics License 12. Continuing Education Units: Non-Member: $270 AGRICULTURE SOLAR THERMAL Price: Member: $250 Solar Air Panel Installation 2012 Photo credit: Amiee Wetmore 50 8.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 5. interpret solar radiation and temperature data. and pay a $50 exam fee. participants will need to complete this course. two practice site assessments.0 CHs for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers 8. identify system components. identify system components.0 CHs for IA HVAC License 1. webinars. pass the written test.

Toward the end of the course. methods. and other components. monitoring. plumbing and insulating copper pipe. maintenance.0 CHs for IA Plumbing License 4.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 14. Participants will work as a group to install both a drainback and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof. participants will learn about solar water system commissioning and testing.0 CHs for WI UDC – Plumbing Inspectors Non-Member: TBD reNEWS 51 . participants will be involved in various steps in the installation of a solar hot water system.0 CHs for WI UDC-Plumbing Inspectors PHOTOVOLTAICS ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water GREEN BUILDING Prerequisites: In this one-day course. Presentation and discussion will teach techniques on how to store summer heat during winter months and topics including storage types. PRIMER ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab ST 403 High-Mass Sand Beds and Other Seasonal Solar Thermal Storage Course Description: Prerequisites: Continuing Education Units ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor or ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $550 Non-Member: $570 ST 401 Advanced Solar Thermal Installation Course Description: ST 406 Solar Water Systems Commissioning and Testing Course Description: In this one-day course. participants will take part in the commissioning and testing of a solar domestic hot water system. Prerequisites: ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Prerequisites: Non-Member: $250 SOLAR THERMAL In this on-site installation course.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 14.Course Description: In this three-day course.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumbers 18. including mounting collectors.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master Plumber – Restricted Appliances 14. and installation strategies. This course will help to define and build the skills required to ensure a professional installation that meets the needs of the customer and installation standards enforced by local authorities. heat exchanger. and installing a storage tank. Non-Member: $250 ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: Price: Member: TBD AGRICULTURE 32. Price: Member: $230 SMALL WIND 24.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 14. and troubleshooting. participants will discuss in-depth different solar thermal storage options. participants will learn the basics of how to properly install two solar domestic hot water heating systems suitable for northern climates. circulation pump. documentation.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master PlumberRestricted Services.0 CHs for WI UDC-HVAC Inspectors 18. pressure testing. storage system sizing.0 CHs for WI Journeyman and Master PlumberRestricted Appliances 18. including verification. performance assessment. 6.0 CHs for IA Hydronics License 18.

troubleshooting.PRIMER solar thermal course descriptions Course Description: Course Description: This online course explores system design considerations. Toward the end of the course. Whether you are asked to decommission an existing solar water system. pipe sizing. GREEN BUILDING ST 407 Solar Water Systems Decommissioning Continuing education units: Non-Member: $250 STO 409 Solar Space Heating Systems Course Description: SMALL WIND In this online course. heat storage. Participants will apply design elements while working through five case study systems. Prerequisites: PV 301 PV Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 Non-Member: $250 . solar fluid volume estimation. topic resources. heat delivery. participants will take part in the decommissioning of a seasonal solar domestic hot water system. construction permitting. heat exchange methods. and NEC code considerations. structural integrity of solar systems under various weather conditions. to replace an existing system’s parts. system sizing and large and split array collector mounting strategies. high mass systems. heat storage methods and strategies.5 CHs for IA Hydronics License AGRICULTURE Price: Member: $230 52 Non-Member: $250 7. component sizing. and process heat applications.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 4. and quizzes to teach the structural considerations involved in solar installations. participants will learn the basics of liquid-based solar thermal space heating systems with emphasis on northern climate installations. Prerequisites: SOLAR THERMAL ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor or ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Continuing Education Units: 8.5 CHs for IA HVAC License Price: Member: $300 Non-Member: $320 PV-ST0 411 PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations Online Course Description: This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations. and maintenance. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent Price: Member: $230 PHOTOVOLTAICS STO 410 Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design Online In this one-day course. Presentations and discussion will cover system types. structural integrity of buildings and roofs.5 CHs for IA HVAC License 3. code considerations. this course will help you learn how to decommission a system safely. or have a seasonal system that needs to be decommissioned each winter season. including space heating. participants will learn about solar water system decommissioning.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification 3. webinars. assignments. boiler and furnace integration. Participants will learn about local building codes. commercial. including collector sizing and configuration.

ST 201. online course with 8 instructor contact hours and 8 hours instructor-guided. ST 301. and one approved tech mentored solar thermal site assessment report.0 CECs for NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification Price: Member: TBD Non-Member: TBD Course Description: Prerequisites: ST 101 Solar Domestic Hot Water. and design work that covers the MREA course content for ST 101. Course Description: Prerequisites: Participants must be affiliated with an active solar training program in the Midwest. and pay a $300 fee.180 Non-Member: $1. Participants are paired with a technology subject expert as they learn to apply the tech mentoring tools to practice site assessments reports. Price: Member: $1. To become a Recognized Training Provider and offer MREA’s Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate Program at their institution.200 Solar Air Panel Installation 2012 Photo credit: Chris Talbot-Heindl AGRICULTURE reNEWS 53 . The lead installer will review the site assessment and ensure safety and system performance as they lead system siting. and activation.PRIMER ST 501 Solar Thermal Advanced Lead Installation STO 705 Solar Thermal Assessment Instruction Course Description: This online course is a requirement for instructors interested in teaching MREA’s accredited Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate program (ANSIIREC 14732:2012) at their institution. SOLAR THERMAL This five-day solar thermal technology intensive is designed for instructors looking to gain experience with solar thermal systems. This is a 16-hour. Recognized Training Provider status is valid for three years. Participants will advance through lecture. hands-on installation. self-paced work. SMALL WIND ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute PHOTOVOLTAICS ST 301 Solar Hot Water Installation Lab or ST 401 Advanced Solar Hot Water Installation or ST 701 Solar Thermal Technology Instructor Institute or equivalent GREEN BUILDING This 3-12 day course allows each participant to be the lead installer on one system – which can be used to meet NABCEP systems installation experience requirements. instructors are required to hold a current MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate. ST 201 Solar Water Site Assessor Training. sign a Letter of Agreement. site evaluation. and ST 410. Prerequisites: Continuing education units: 32. installation. testing. This course covers instructional materials and tech mentoring strategies as well as procedures for the MREA’s Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate.

fuel quality. participants will gain a perspective of how to design their farm in a sustainable manner that utilizes renewable energy solutions. The course outlines realistic energy and financial expectations for digesters and looks at case studies that detail the experiences of farms using small-scale digesters. Prerequisites: None Course Description: AGRICULTURE In this online course. Participants will learn what aquaponic systems are. safety. Prerequisites: None 54 SA 230 Solar Aquaponic Systems Course Description: In this one-day course.PRIMER sustainable agriculture course descriptions Course Description: This online course is intended to help the participant understand. The course will include demonstrations of oilseed cleaning and pressing and biodiesel production methods using two different processors. and explain “stray voltage” as it pertains to farm wiring and renewable energy systems. Although used widely and often incorrectly. Participants will learn basic electrical properties and terms. and mitigation policies surrounding the subject. regulatory considerations. applications. there is a USDA definition of stray voltage. and apply that to grid electricity and distributed generation on the farm. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90 Non-Member: $110 SA 235 Small Scale Biodigesters Course Description: Non-Member: $110 SAO 210 Whole Farm Renewable Energy Design Price: Member: $75 Non-Member: $200 Non-Member: $75 SA 205 Biodiesel Production on the Farm Price: Member: $90 Prerequisites: None Non-Member: $95 In this one-day course. In this one-day course. Prerequisites: None Price: Member: $90 Non-Member $110 . Prerequisites: None PHOTOVOLTAICS SA 215 Water Pumping with Solar and Wind Course Description: GREEN BUILDING SAO 110 Understanding Stray Voltage Price: Member: $180 Price: Member: $55 Course Description: SOLAR THERMAL SMALL WIND This course provides hands-on training for making fuel from locally produced resources for use in diesel engines. how they can benefit from the solar thermal systems. and identify limitations and requirements involved in a solar aquaponic system. The course will describe how the variables of water volume and pumping height determine the capacity and energy demands for moving water. and generators. participants will learn the various types of solar and wind water-pumping systems. and many states have adopted rules. Participants will learn the intricacies of farm layout to make the most out of renewable energy sources. participants will gain a general understanding of how solar thermal systems can be utilized in aquaponic systems. and usage. and energy storage. Topics covered include SVO and conversion kits. fuel oil burners. solar and wind electrical inputs. and digestate end uses. participants will overview the process of anaerobic digestion and review proven technologies. feedstocks. define. limits. economics of on-farm fuel production. Participants will make their own small batch of biodiesel and perform basic quality tests. This course will also cover the technical side including: pump types. Participants will learn to determine the preferred application for each system.

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The MREA currently has two offices in Wisconsin. Custer: Travel Our Custer office is seven miles east of Stevens Point. CENTRAL WISCONSIN AIRPORT MINNEAPOLIS STEVENS POINT IOWA MADISON MILWAUKEE DUBUQUE CHICAGO • Access to course kitchen located on the north side of the Main REI Building during office hours (roughly 8:00 a. Below you’ll find information on ground. visit the Stevens Point Area Visitors Burea website at www. Most people who attend our courses will find accommodation and transportation in Stevens Point since Custer is quite rural. – 5:00 p. For a complete listing of accommodations in the Custer area. see our Visit page at www.travel and accommodations Accommodations are not included in your course tuition. located on the north side of the North Education Building CUSTER Camping in the Norway pines. see our Vist page at www. and railway transportation. is nestled in the central Wisconsin countryside. and area camping. air. . including hotels and motels. which draws 20. including taxi services.stevenspointarea. first-served and cost $15/night. Camping at the Custer Office The Custer location has low-cost camping available to all course participants.com. For the most up-to-date travel information. air transportation.org/visit.000 attendees each year.m. RV spaces are also available in the field in front of the MREA for $15/night. the Custer office. We have a total of 20 rustic tent sites nestled east of the Institute in a wooded area.) • Access to permaculture courtyard • Picnic table at each site • Wireless internet access for an additional $5 Campsites are first-come. seven miles east of Stevens Point. bed and breakfasts. and rail services to help you plan your trip and lodging. This is the site for The Energy Fair.midwestrenew. so please make your own arrangements. 56 APPLETON MINNESOTA Accommodations Camping features include: • Woodchip path leading to indoor showers and toilets available to course participants 24 hours a day.org/visit. Food and Events For a complete listing of local restaurants and events in the area. Our headquarters.midwestrenew. The Milwaukee office was opened in 2009 and is located in the shared office space of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium near downtown Milwaukee.m.

environmentally conscious company focused on providing our customers the best solar energy installations possible since 2002. brothers Mark and Burke O’Neal. Food For a complete listing of dining locations in the Milwaukee area.com reNEWS 57 . car rentals. taxi services.fullspectrumsolar.Milwaukee: Travel Since our second office is located in Milwaukee.org/visitors/ where-to-stay. Includes everything except 4” pipe & panels 1240 East Washington • Madison. our staff includes engineers.. and air transportation. NABCEP certified installers and Wisconsin-licensed electricians and plumbers.org/visitors/dining-nightlife. visit Visit Milwaukee at www. residence halls. including hotels and motels. Photo credit: Visit Milwaukee Full Spectrum Solar is a locally owned. including transportation groups. visitmilwaukee. a lot of our off-site courses are offered in this lovely city. For the most up-to-date travel information. bed and breakfasts. shuttles.org/visitors/transportation.visitmilwaukee. guest houses. visit Visit Milwaukee at www.visitmilwaukee. visit Visit Milwaukee at www. buses. Accommodations For a complete listing of accommodations in the Milwaukee area. area camping. Owned and operated by UW-Madison mechanical engineering graduates. and resorts. WI 53703 (608) 284-9495 • www. amtrak.

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or exhibited at this new conference. a partner of the Grow Solar Wisconsin team. presented. We are sincerely thrilled with the valuable information that our presenters shared. sponsored. Department of Energy grant through the SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge. educated consumers at Outpost Natural Food locations in the Milwaukee area. and to be a resource to assist these local governments and stakeholders in designing and implementing a strategic local solar plan. The MREA is spearheading an innovative solar program called the Power Pack. and many other utility and municipal representatives. as part of the Grow Solar Wisconsin team. but political leaders. Nearly 200 attendees learned from our knowledeable presenters. was tasked to organize an initiative to educate communities in the state about solar energy. Now. what incentives are available and how they could get a system of their own. The conference attracted not only many of the solar industry stakeholders in the state. Joseph F. Solar Powering Your Community Conferences Photo Credit: Nick Korth reNEWS 59 . Fox & Wiedman. Chris Taylor. MREA’s Milwaukee Director and the organizer of the conference had this to say of the daylong event: “We would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended. After forming strategic partnerships with Ingeteam and Helios Solar Works. The mission of the conference was to help overcome barriers to widespread adoption of solar energy technologies. the MREA organized a conference called The Solar Powering Your Community Conference (SPYC Conference). who included: James Tong of Clean Power Finance. Market Development Coordinator Elizabeth Hittman.S. Market Development Coordinator The Milwaukee Power Pack led to six direct installations at more than thirty percent cost savings over installed solar systems in the Milwaukee area last year! The MREA will continue to expand the reach of the Power Pack. By: Nick Korth. Department of Energy grant through the SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge.Solar Powering Your Community Power Pack The MREA. The Power Pack launched to an extremely successful trial run in Milwaukee. the MREA along with Milwaukee Shines. By: Nick Korth. These “Power Hour” educational seminars informed homeowners of how solar systems worked. Through this. The Power Pack is a purchasing program supporting local economic growth through small businesses and manufacturing. and continue to educate consumers about solar energy and its benefits. almost 200 people have the tools and resources they need to assist them in designing and implementing a strategic solar plan in their communities. Wiedman from Keys. all while helping to drive down the cost of solar for consumers. The Grow Solar Wisconsin program and the Milwaukee Power Pack were made possible by a U.S. and Bradley Klein from the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Wisconsin State Representative from the 48th Assembly District.” The Grow Solar Wisconsin program and the SPYC Conference were made possible by a U. over 50 state authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ’s).

which had been built in 1975.mrea alumni feature Jim Northey and Sonia Goltz.000. We would love to be able to tell folks when they see our state of the art 8. 60 Q. We live in the UP of Michigan. Well. Given the size of the battery storage in place. Starting in 2010 we started a major renovation of the main log cabin. We have the benefit of having friends. What are your future goals for your home? incredible machine built by mankind . Our designer was Dave Bach from Houghton. the cost estimate to connect to the grid was about $35. We bought our property in the UP about 12 years ago. We wanted to minimize the need for supplemental fuel. A. We wanted to reduce our consumption and gain some independence from utilities and fossil fuels. in our case propane. You recently installed a system at your home. who is committed to efficient design.S. A. . we are now independent of the most One particular lighting design we are particularly proud of is four recessed lighting fixtures on the main level of the cabin equipped with 3 watt LED mini-flood lights that is switched from any of the entries to the cabin and the second floor. by building a battery bank that could support our daily energy requirements for 3 to 5 days. We ended up designing a 4kW photovoltaic system with a propane generator backup. This gave us an incredible budgetary number to work with in providing our own off-grid system. The original goal was to build an off-grid system for between $25. sometimes weeks. Fortunately for us. However. This means that there are stretches of cloud cover that lasts for days.5kVA propane generator that it never runs. The folks we bought it from had a very small photovoltaic system that used four 12 volt deep cell batteries. electrical grid. The system was not operational. We need to work on finding ways to reduce our consumption of this fuel.00 to $30. our local utility provider was able to provide significant incentives for us to move off the grid. but our plan was always to move to the property full time. We really didn’t require power on the rare occasions we used the property. Long term we are considering bringing in 2 to 4 kW of wind capacity. Partial installation of balance of systems Photo credit: Jim Northey The entire renovation was focused on reducing energy requirements. Terry’s knowledge and their experience were incredibly important in educating us and setting our expectations for off-grid living. who have lived offgrid using a photovoltaic system for more than 20 years. we are dependent on propane. the favorable wind patterns on the lake.000. Course Participants Q.the U.000. Terry and Peg McNinch of Houghton. This gives us full first floor lighting for 12 watts! Dave Bach’s excellent open design and the choice of polymer foam insulation has greatly reduced heating requirements. it might be possible to be truly independent of fossil fuel.00.00. actually well into Lake Superior on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Tell us a little about that.

the Kill-A-Watt meter became a bit of a video game equivalent. Q. We would like to be able to move to a plug-in hybrid or electrical vehicle and use solar to generate the majority of the electrical for these vehicles. was we found our solar installer. have a solar thermal green house at their off-grid home. we are about 20 minutes away from our jobs in Houghton. “Wonder how much energy that consumes?” Amazing how many misconceptions on energy consumption can be corrected by a very small simple to use power meter. A. Turns out Dustin was a student of ours at Michigan Tech. There is a saying that “life rewards action. I then took the Basic Photovoltaic course. At one of the sessions a gentleman attending the session. especially from a safety perspective. owners of SuburbSolar and Waterfront Solar of Manistique. The course. The bonus to attending the course. What a great way to formally do your own site assessment while taking the class. whom we met through MREA. taught by Clay Sterling. How did the MREA and the courses they provided help you obtain your current system and influence your future goals? I ended up taking the Solar Site Assessor course. I used this as a model for our own estimation. 4 kW pole-mounted PV arrays Photo credit: Jim Northey Like other folks probably. We first took the “Working with Electricity” course to provide a basic understanding of electrical systems. reNEWS 61 . taught by Julie Brazeau. Lastly. We can’t begin to tell you the amount of education and information we gained from attending The Energy Fair.” I chose to attend the course on September 10th in Custer. who turned out to be an engineer.Dustin and Jill Denkins. We attended the MREA Energy Fair for the first time this year. Michigan. I have to say we finally started participating in the MREA about a year and a half ago. Dustin Denkins. Attending the course was a gentleman from the UP. Well. This is definitely one of our next projects to try and achieve a low energy consumption approach for year round growth of vegetables and greens. even though I had to depart for a business trip to Nigeria on the Eleventh. The overall experience has been incredible. spoke up about his analysis of electrical requirements. was an excellent introduction. Dustin and his wife Jill are committed to renewable energy and low consumption living. Wisconsin. in addition to the learning. After the session he shared with me his detailed load analysis worksheet.

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