Midwest Renewable Energy Association Courses 2012

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) prides themselves on the many courses that they host throughout the year. These courses are educational and hands-on workshops that are instructed by experienced renewable energy experts. To learn more about MREA, go to their website.

Here is a listing of their courses for the rest of 2012:

-September 8, 2012: Introduction to Biofuels

MREA will host this course about the basics of biofuels, including ethanol, B100, and used cooking oil, among others. Join us in Madison, WI to learn about oilseed production and how you can use biofuels to fuel vehicles, generators, and everything in between.

-September 9, 2012: Introduction to Wind Systems

MREA will host this course about the basics of wind electric systems. Join us in Custer, WI to learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work.

-September 10, 2012: PV Site Assessor Training

MREA will host this course about how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. Join us in Custer, WI as we cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site.

-September 10-13, 2012: Wind Site Assessor Training

MREA will host this course about how to perform a site assessment for a small wind system. Join us in Custer, WI as we cover how to evaluate a site’s wind energy potential, determine wind speeds at proposed heights, profile a client’s energy needs, determine appropriate tower heights and types, and estimate kWh output for a system based upon wind resource.

-September 20, 2012: Introduction to Renewable Energy

MREA will host this half-day course, where participants will receive a broad overview of what renewable energy is, how it works, and what it can do for you. Join us in Orland Park, IL and learn about passive solar design, solar electric systems, solar thermal systems, and wind electric systems.

-September 21, 2012: Solar Domestic Hot Water

MREA will host this course about the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems.  Join us in Orland Park, IL to learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) system work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads.

-September 24-27, 2012: Tilt-Up Tower Training

MREA will host this hands-on course will demonstrate how to properly and safely construct, raise, and lower a wind system tilt-up tower (TUT). Join us in Custer, WI to learn proper site choice and accurate foundation, layout, and construction. Participants will learn the science and mechanics of tall TUTs and will discuss best practices that can help avert disaster.

-September 24, 2012: Advanced PV System Design

MREA will host this course that prepares the participants for designing photovoltaic (PV) systems. Join us in Madison, WI for in-depth discussion topics to include product specification, product integration, system design capabilities and limitations, major system design issues, common mistakes, and solutions.

-September 25, 2012: Battery-Based PV Systems

MREA will host this course. PV systems that employ batteries require significant design considerations. Whether using batteries with a bimodal or stand-alone system, battery selection and sizing is challenging. Join us in Madison, WI to receive comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for PV applications.

-September 26, 2012: Advancements in PV

MREA will host this course to bring participants up-to-date on the newest equipment and techniques used in PV installation. Join us in Madison, WI to discuss the latest gear (modules, inverters, charge controllers, mounting structures, disconnection means, etc.) and the newest, most efficient, and safest methods for installing PV systems that meet NEC code.

-September 27, 2012: Code Primer for Officials and Installers

MREA will host this course that presents an in-depth analysis of issues for photovoltaic (PV) systems relating to National Electrical Code (NEC) Section 690. Join us in Madison, WI to discuss code issues in PV system design and specification as well as issues concerning product listing requirements, wiring, grounding, and labeling.

-October 4, 2012: Solar Domestic Hot Water

MREA will host this course about the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems.  Join us in Custer, WI to learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) system work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads.

-October 5-6, 2012: Wind System Repair and Maintenance

MREA will host this course in Custer, WI, where participants will perform a full inspection and maintenance on a 10 kW Bergey wind turbine to ensure continued proper operation. Additionally, a 5/8″ steel cable will be installed as part of a limited fall arrest system for ascending and descending the tower. Participants will also learn the basics of fall protection and climbing safety.

-October 5-7, 2012: Solar Hot Water Installation Lab

MREA will host this course in Custer, WI, where participants will learn the basics of how to properly install two solar domestic hot water heating systems suitable for northern climates. The hands-on course includes both theory and installation practice. Participants will work as a group to install both a drainback and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof.

-October 8, 2012: Solar Water Decommissioning

MREA will host this course about solar water system decommissioning. Whether you are asked to decommission an existing solar system, to replace an existing system’s parts, or have a seasonal system that needs to be decommissioned each winter season, this course will help you learn how to decommission the system safely. Join us in Custer, WI and take part in the decommissioning of a seasonal solar domestic hot water system.

-October 8-November 18, 2012: Basic Photovoltaics Online

MREA will host this six-week online course using a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of solar electric systems.

-October 9-30, 2012: Basic Photovoltaics

MREA will host this four-week course about the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will meet in Merrillville, IN on Tuesday nights to learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

-October 20, 2012: Electric Tractor Conversion

MREA will host this course where participants will have the opportunity to perform an on-site conversion of an Allis Chalmers G into an electric tractor. Join us in Stevens Point, WI and learn the benefits and limitations of an electric powered tractor, the conversion options, and how to convert.

-November 1-5, 2012: Advanced Photovoltaic Installation

MREA will host this course in Custer, WI that offers participants an advanced level of lecture and hands-on learning as they install a permanent utility-interactive, awning mounted PV system from the ground up.

-November 3, 2012: Solar Domestic Hot Water

MREA will host this course about the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems.  Join us in Custer, WI to learn how solar domestic hot water (SDHW) system work, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make hot water efficiency recommendations, and estimate system loads.

-November 4, 2012: Residential Solar Water Site Assessor Training

MREA will host this course in Custer, WI, where participants 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, interpret solar radiation and temperature data, size a system, identify system components, and determine the best location for collectors.

-November 3, 2012: Understanding Stray Voltage

MREA will host this course in Verona, WI to help participants understand, define, and explain “stray voltage” as it pertains to farm wiring and renewable energy systems. Participants will learn basic electrical properties and terms, and apply that to grid electricity and distributed generation on the farm.

-November 10, 2012: Solar Space Heating Systems

MREA will host this course where participants will learn the basics of liquid-based solar thermal space heating systems with emphasis on northern climate installations. Join us in Custer, WI where presentations and discussion will cover system types, heat storage methods and strategies, heat exchange methods, boiler and furnace integration, high-mass systems, system sizing, and large and split array collector mounting strategies.

-November 11, 2012: High-Mass Sand Beds and Other Seasonal Solar Thermal Storage

MREA will host this course where participants will discuss in-depth different solar thermal storage options. Join us in Custer, WI where presentation and discussion will teach techniques on how to store summer heat during winter months and topics including storage types, methods, storage system sizing, and installation strategies.

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