Clean Energy Mobilization Workshop for Local Governments
Wednesday November 8th in Platteville, WI.
Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters
the event will be held at the Platteville Public Library and will feature presentations from UW Extension and the Office of Energy Innovation which will highlight tools, financing, and strategies to help advance community resilience and clean energy opportunities in Southwest Wisconsin. Join us to learn more about furthering local movement toward energy independence in Wisconsin, and obtaining funding and resources for solar and other local energy projects.
Registration: Online in advance at wisconsinacademy.org/CEMworkshop.
Location: Community Room in the Platteville Public Library, 225 West Main Street
Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, from 5:30–7:30pm (check-in/dinner at 5:30 pm)
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.
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 email@example.com or 715-592-6595-108. The MREA course schedule and registration links can be found at midwestsolartraining.org.