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FREE for Veterans–Basic PV Training Course


ONLINE – November 14 – December 18

To honor the service of U.S. Veterans, we are offering free tuition for Veterans for Basic PV 101 Online, running November 14 – December 18.

This four-week online course teaches the basics of solar PV, including how PV systems work, selecting solar system size and basic analysis of solar costs.

ENTER DISCOUNT CODE “VETS101” or call Jenny Heinzen at 715-592-6595 ext. 108 to receive free tuition for Veterans. 

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Field Projects International–Enroll by November 18

Are you an undergraduate or recent graduate interested in getting hands-on field experience? Field Projects International provides great opportunities to travel and learn! Upcoming courses in Peru and India are focused on tropical entomology, primate-carnivore ecology, and vertebrate field biology. These opportunities are ideal for those pursuing or contemplating a major in biology, anthropology, ecology, or pre-veterinary science. To find out more about each of the sessions, keep reading and click on the titles for further details. You have until November 18 to enroll for these incredible opportunities!

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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars–Apply by February 8th

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched a new program to introduce greater diversity into the environmental conservation workforce. The program is funded by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) teaches an approach to conservation in which diversity and inclusion are integral. The first cohort of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars – to be named in April 2016 – will comprise 20 undergraduate students chosen through a nation-wide competition.
The multi-year program provides participants with an immersive learning experience on and around the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as in other parts of the state. The curriculum incorporates minority history, culture, and experiences into students’ understanding of conservation practices.
Participants will complete eight weeks of lab research at SNRE’s facilities in June/July 2016, as well as an eight-week internship at an area environmental organization the following year. Each scholarship provides for travel expenses, room and board, a $4,000 stipend, and a $250 discretionary supplement per summer.
Successful applicants must demonstrate a passion for conservation, nature, and the environment, and must desire a career aligned with that passion. By February 8, 2016, applicants must complete an online application form and three essay questions, and secure two letters of recommendation.
For more information about the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, please contact Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor ( Information is also available at

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Solar Academy Dates for 2016

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

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Clean Energy Training Opportunities in Illinois

This is a great time to get trained in solar energy! Check out these opportunities in Springfield:

ISEA Professional Education Courses

at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL

Join ISEA for these entry level courses and begin your journey to a career in clean energy!
Hurry class sizes are limited!
PV 101- Introduction to Photovoltaics Saturday August 15th 9am-5pm
This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will 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. More information here.
PV 201- Site Assessor Training  Saturday September 12th 8am-5pm

Participants will learn how to perform  a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives. For more information visit the ISEA website.

Please register via ISEA. Confirmation email will include contact info for LLCC in order to call and pay course fees.