October, 2020
Click the video above to watch a Solar Tour of the improvements and new renewable energy systems that power our headquarters and training facility in Custer, WI. Our Site Manager, Leon, serves as your trusty virtual tour guide!
Greetings from MREA!
We hope you are staying safe, healthy, and inspired as we head into October. We've missed seeing all of our Members, students, volunteers, and supporters in person, but are incredibly grateful for the outpour of online support and continued engagement as we collectively work towards a clean energy future.
It's been a busy spring and summer and will be an even busier fall as we launch new solar training and workforce development initiatives that are focused on serving low income communities. Read on to learn more, access free resources, and see what we've been up to!
-Shine On
From all of us at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
MREA News
Join Our Rise Up! Giving Campaign
We've partnered with four Midwest organizations dedicated to environmental and climate justice to bring industry leading solar technical training and workforce development opportunities to their member-led communities. These partners each serve low to moderate income communities in Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. This program is intended to support workforce development efforts and expand employment access in advanced energy by providing renewable energy training scholarships and paid solar internships to students. 
Our goal is to raise $30,000. Together, we'll help these four inspiring organizations train tomorrow's solar workforce. We have already raised $11,000, and now we need your help to raise the remaining $19,000
Donation Match Announced!
Photovoltaic Systems, LLC has generously offered to match the first ten gifts of $100, up to $1,000. Each $100 donation is enough to fund one student's NABCEP exam prep course. Plus, donate $100 or more and you'll receive one free Rise Up Midwest t-shirt! Donate $100 today and double your gift! 
Q&A Session with MREA Board Member on ‘Black to Green’ Employment Pipeline
Check out Energy News Network's Q&A session about MREA's new partnership with the Evansville, IN NAACP, which will provide free professional training to marginalized individuals in the area. If you'd like to learn more about or donate to this initiative, visit our website: www.midwestrenew.org/riseupgiving.
Solar Career Informational Session in Partnership with Walnut Way: Oct. 20
We are excited to partner with Walnut Way Conservation Corp. to bring our solar training and workforce development program to the Lindsay Heights community to help further their mission to reclaim and redevelop the economic health and vitality of their community. To learn more about this partnership and get involved, please join our Solar Training Program virtual information session on Tuesday, October 20, from 4 – 5p.m.
LISTEN NOW: The Rise Up! Podcast Episode 5 "Local Energy Influence"
How can your community gain influence over how your energy dollars are spent? It’s not easy. In this episode, we discuss how jurisdictions are harnessing their economic and political power to get more local, clean energy. We speak to Mathew Roberts from the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) about how the regional council of governments is making energy decisions locally. 
FREE Op-Ed Workshop—Getting the Renewable Energy Message Out
In partnership with The Progressive Magazine,
we're hosting a FREE (virtual) Op-Ed Workshop on October 14th at 3 p.m. focused on "Getting the Renewable Energy Message Out." Our goal is to empower people to share their important stories with the confidence and tools for writing a successful op-ed. The Progressive presented a shortened version of this workshop at The Energy Fair in 2019. Participation is limited to 20 participants. We hope you'll join us!
Solar on Wisconsin Schools
Why Wisconsin Schools Are Going Solar
The Green and Healthy issue of Wisconsin School News by Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) is out now, featuring two solar school articles. In Why Wisconsin Schools are Going Solar, our Solar on Schools Program Manager, Amanda Schienebeck discusses trends in solar schools, providing resources for schools interested in going solar. Be sure to check the issue out and share with the school districts in your neighborhood! 
Help Solarize these Wisconsin Non-Profits!
Support Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area's "Soak Up the Sun" Campaign
Help Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area kick off their  campaign to add a 53.28 kW solar PV array to their ReStore building. The Habitat ReStore provides an outlet for the diversion of materials from the landfill by accepting donations from individuals and businesses. 100% of ReStore profits help further Habitat’s mission to provide families with a place to call home. Habitat for Humanity is a recipient of our Solar for Non-Profits grant. View the Case Statement.

Support Northwest Side Community Development Corp's Green Tech Station
Green Tech Station is a partnership of NWSCDC and the city of Milwaukee to transform a vacant brownfield site at 4101 N. 31st Street in Milwaukee, WI into a green technology demonstration area which features innovative stormwater management and energy management solutions. They are working to secure funding to establish a mobile classroom space on the site that includes a 3.2 kW solar PV system and feature smart interactive energy controls as an educational demonstration. NWSCDC is a recipient of our Solar for Non-Profits grant.

Grow Solar Group Buy Program Deadlines Approaching
Grow Solar Central Wisconsin (Oct. 15th)
Grow Solar Central Wisconsin has hit its third and final benchmark, maximizing out program savings at $.15/watt off its already well below market prices! To ensure that you can take advantage of this program's incredible discount, we've extended the program deadline to Oct. 15th.
Grow Solar La Crosse (Oct. 30th)
To help as many La Crosse County residents as possible go solar, we've extended the Grow Solar La Crosse program deadline, but these savings won't last forever! Your contract with Solar Connection must be signed by Oct. 30th.
Solar Courses & Professional Development Opportunities
50% off Basic PV 101 for Veterans!
In the month of November, we will be offering a 50% discount to Veterans attending our online Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) course.  The half price registration will apply to non-member course fee and will be available Nov. 1-31st. Just enter the code vets101 when registering. Thank you for your service!
Looking to Earn NABCEP Continuing Education Credits? 
We're presenting three approved courses at MnSEIA's 2020 Virtual Gateway to Solar conference Oct. 12-13th.
Earn Your NABCEP PV Associate in October!
The NABCEP PV Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of solar PV systems. You may register and begin working towards your NABCEP PV Associate credential anytime and at a pace that fits your schedule!
See all MREA Course Offerings
Whether you want to start a career in the renewable energy field, maintain a credential, or install solar on your home, MREA has a variety of courses to advance your skills.
Energy News
Rise Up Midwest Effort Seeks to Grow Main Street Energy Investments • CERTs • 10/1/20
Midwest cities show more improvement in annual efficiency scorecard • Midwest Energy News • 10/6/20
Energy Efficiency: Wisconsin Budget Proposal Seeks $100M for Untapped Energy Savings • Wisconsin State Journal • 9/29/2020
Report: 47 States Could Meet 100% of Electricity Needs Using In-State Renewables • ILSR• 9/10/20
5 Technologies Propelling the Energy Transition • Utility Dive • 8/24/20
Monopoly Power Lies Behind Worst Trends in U.S., Fed Study Says • Bloomberg • 8/24/20
Propelling the Transition: the Battle for Control of Virtual Power Plants • Utility Dive • 8/18/20
The Current System of Electric Billing No Longer Makes Sense • Greetech Media • 8/14/20 
Thanks to Our September MREA Business Members!
American Transmission Company (ATC) • The Climate Economy Education, Inc. • Current Electric Co. • Energy Bank •  Energy Performance Lighting • Huston Electric • Klismith Accounting & Tax Group

Sustaining Members
View Our MREA Business Member Directory
Meet MREA's New Volunteer Coordinators!
-Marshfield Clinic Health System AmeriCorps Members-
Jessycah Andersen
Jessycah first got involved with MREA after attending  The Energy Fair in 2018 through 350 Stevens Point, a student chapter of 350.org. After serving as an Energy Fair hardcore volunteer for two years in a row, Jessycah knew she wanted to continue her involvement with MREA's progressive local initiatives. 
Hailey Johnson
Hailey’s philosophies regarding the global climate crisis began to materialize in early high school where she was part of a team of students and community leaders that completed a solar panel project designed to reduce the school's high energy consumption.
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. midwestrenew.org.
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