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Solar Academy Dates for 2016

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This is a great chance to build on skills and make yourself more marketable with training in renewable energy and solar installation!

Solar Training Academy Announced for 2016!

Four locations; Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Normal, IL, Dubuque, IA

63 hours of training from January to May one weekend per month.

Course Description: The MREA’s Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that walks students through the PV design and installation process. The format of the Solar Training Academy will be MREA’s class progression that will include Basic Photovoltaics, PV Site Assessor, Intermediate PV, PV Design Lab and PV Sales and Finance.

Classes will be held one weekend each month beginning in January and concluding in early May. Topics of this training will cover PV equipment selection, utility intertied and battery based systems, batteries, mechanical and electrical integration, PV design,PV residential site assessment, National Electric Code, system commissioning, and solar financials. Participation in the Solar Training Academy will also include opportunities to meet with professionals in the solar industry.

MN, IA, IL focus is on the design process, how to competently design a code compliant system. These classes do have hands-on components, but do not install a system. Milwaukee focus is the installation process. This class will decommission and reinstall a solar electric system on our training roof in Milwaukee.

Training follows the MREA class progression and includes opportunities to meet with professionals in the solar industry; Basic PV 101, PV Site Assessor PV 201, Intermediate PV 205, PV Design and Installation Lab or PV Design Lab PV 301 and PV Sales and Finance PV 203. At the conclusion of training students will qualify to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, and if the complete work outside of class MREA PV Site Assessor Exam and MREA PV Design and Sales Exam.


  • $2,200 Member
  • $2,250 non-member

Prerequisites: None

Contact Clay Sterling,, 715-592-6595 ext. 110


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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