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The Midwest Renewable Energy Association Receives Approval for Veterans Education


The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is thrilled to announce that a number of our solar and wind training courses have been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We can now proudly offer educational opportunities and benefits to veterans through the use of their GI benefits while training at MREA facilities in Custer and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Please find the full story and details below. Thank you in advance for your help in getting the word out to Veterans about renewable energy training opportunities with MREA. Visit the Department of Workforce Development website for more information.


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The solar job market has increased 20% since 2012, and more than 50 people begin working in the solar energy field every day. It’s one of the fastest growing industries in the US, with 11 times more installations today than in 2008.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 4.1% of the Wisconsin veteran population was unemployed in 2015. The MREA’s VA-approved training will give those who have served an opportunity to join the growing renewable energy industry. Jobs in solar and wind not only help more veterans enter the workforce, but they also promote more domestic energy production, which lessens our nation's dependence on foreign oil.    


Solar career opportunities are not limited to installation only.  MREA’s approved and accredited coursework provides students training for entry-level positions in sales and finance, operations and maintenance, site assessment, project management, and more.


Approved MREA courses for veteran students include:

·         Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101)

·         PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201)

·         PV System Design (PV 202)

·         PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301)

·         Wind Turbine Design and Construction (W 306)


This October, the MREA will hold an intensive PV training progression at our headquarters in Custer, WI:

·         PV 101 – Tuesday, October 4

·         PV 201 – Wednesday, October 5

·         PV 202 – Thursday & Friday, October 6-7

·         PV 301 – Tuesday-Friday, October 11-14


The MREA is in the process of getting more courses approved, and expanding our approval to other Midwest states.


Interested veterans should contact MREA Training Coordinator Jenny Heinzen at jennyh@midwestrenew.org or 715-592-6595-108. The MREA course schedule and registration links can be found at midwestsolartraining.org.



 Wisconsin Biogas Survey

The Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation is proud to present the results of the Wisconsin Biogas Survey, a comprehensive look into the state's robust biogas industry.

In total, OEI surveyed representatives from 146 facilities including the majority of those in each of four main industry sectors. The survey responses outlined four primary challenges:

·         Need for proper maintenance and support for cost-effective and safe operation of electricity generators,

·         Lack of inter-sector collaboration and information sharing,

·         Insufficient revenue generation for successful biogas project implementation, and

·         The establishment of and adherence to effective anaerobic digester system operation and maintenance procedures.

The report highlights the number of facilities in operation, the capacity of renewable energy produced, and potential solutions to key problems facing this industry. Wisconsin has long been a leader in use of biogas systems and anaerobic digester technology, and has also become home to numerous anaerobic digester design companies and affiliated businesses that support biogas systems and equipment. These businesses are important to the state's economy, and the use of biogas systems is recognized as a desirable way to produce and utilize renewable energy.

Download the document here.



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