Midwest Renewable Energy Association

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.

Like most good things, the idea of the MREA began in the kitchen. After reading a call to action by Richard Perez in Home Power Magazine, a group of friends took to the local farm kitchen and organized the first annual Energy Fair to be held at the fairgrounds in Amherst, Wisconsin in 1990.

Soon after the MREA was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.

We grew steadily, and in 1999 moved to our permanent headquarters, the ReNew the Earth Institute, in Custer, Wisconsin. In 2009, we opened a second office in Milwaukee to better serve the urban and suburban areas of southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

The MREA now manages education programs and partnerships through the Midwest in an effort to expand the market for renewable energy, making this once 'alternative' energy our foremost option. The MREA is a member-supported organization.

Get Solar Thermal Training Online—New Online Course Available
July 9, 2014
We are excited to offer Solar Thermal 101 online for the first time. This online course is the equivalent to our one-day ST 101 course. Participants will discuss the basics of solar thermal systems with an emphasis on northern climate systems.
June 9, 2014
Thanks to our 2014 Milwaukee bus sponsor Milwaukee Shines, you can ride the bus to the Energy Fair on Saturday June 21, 2014 for only $10 round trip! Sit back, relax and ride the bus to the country's largest and longest running renewable energy & sustainability event. Follow the link below for more details and to sign up for the bus. Space is limited!
Solar Bay View Group Purchasing Program for Homeowners
February 24, 2014
Home and business owners in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood have an opportunity to take advantage of record low solar pricing through a limited-time solar group purchase program. The Solar Bay View program is a new solar group buy program that can help residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume-purchasing.
February 22, 2014
The MREA Board of Directors elections are upon us and online voting is now available. Nine incredible candidates have thrown their hats in to the ring. All MREA members in good standing can vote; Each membership (either individual or family) receives one ballot. Board members are elected to two-year staggered terms.
February 6, 2014
Exhibitors have been signing up for The 2014 Energy Fair since November 15! Registrations are rolling in and prime booth locations are selling out. Only 12 prime locations remain of 32 (booth corners). Don't miss your chance to get your prime spot at The 2014 Energy Fair featuring a new and refreshing Energy Fair map.
Sweetheart Special: A sweet deal for our sweet members
January 20, 2014
Interested in lifetime admission to The Energy Fair? You got it! If you're not already a Lifetime Member of the MREA, now's your chance to upgrade your membership.
MREA Solar Academy in Milwaukee
December 12, 2013
New for 2014, the MREA Solar Academy is coming to Milwaukee! Dates: January 11 – May 4, 2014. Follow the links below to more information, details on continuing education, travel and accommodations information and maps and to register.
MREA 2014 courses are now open for registration!
November 12, 2013
We are happy to announce that the MREA course calendar for January through June is live on our website, and registration is now open. Whether you’re a novice or a renewable energy professional, interested in solar power and/or wind power, or prefer online versus face-to-face training, we’ve got a course for you.
Join as an MREA Member, and you could win a trip to Belize!
October 31, 2013
We've officially launched our 2014 Year-End Membership Drive. Can we count on your support? Everyone who joins/renews as an MREA Member before December 21st, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. will automatically be entered into our prize drawing to win one of three unique getaways: Bask in Belize at The Windflower Green Getaway to Inn Serendipity
October 15, 2013
Whether it’s learning about how renewable energy systems work – like how solar panels and wind turbines make electricity – or expanding your horizons to better grasp topics like stray voltage or trends in the solar market, the MREA has an online course for you!
Advertise in the 2014 MREA Training Catalog
October 8, 2013
Please join us in growing the renewable energy market by showcasing your product or service in our 2014 Training Catalog!
June 20, 2013
The 24th Annual Energy Fair Program Guide is ready for your perusal! Inside, you'll find a complete list of exhibitors, the workshop schedule and guide, entertainment link up, and everything else you need to know to enjoy this year's event.
Take the NABCEP Entry Level Exam at The Energy Fair!
June 8, 2013
This year, the MREA is proud to offer the NABCEP Entry Level Exams in both PV and Solar Heating during Friday of The Energy Fair! Friday morning, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., you can take the Energy Level Exam in Stevens Point (just 7 miles west of The Energy Fair), and then attend The Energy Fair for the rest of the day.
May 26, 2013
Friday, June 21 Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy is a passionate activist, successful cleantech entrepreneur, and recognized opinion leader on global environmental issues. He is the founder of the leading residential solar power company, Sungevity Inc., and author of the new book Rooftop Revolution—available for purchase at the MREA Marketplace.
May 15, 2013
Travel light to the Energy Fair and hop on the Milwaukee Bus! The Milwaukee bus to the Energy Fair is sponsored this year by the City of Milwaukee - Milwaukee Shines program and costs only $10 each way. Save gas and relax on your way to Custer! Visit the Energy Fair Bus page for more details and to sign up. Milwaukee Bus to the Fair:
May 6, 2013
Tickets for The 24th Annual Energy Fair are now available for purchase online! Reserve your campsite at The Back 40, register for Extended Workshops, sign up for Solar Home/Business Tours sponsored by Gimme Shelter Construction and North Wind Renewable Energy.
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