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.

December 17, 2015
Four locations; Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Normal, IL, Dubuque, IA 63 hours of training from January to May one weekend per month.
November 11, 2015
We are so excited to announce there will be a new Energy Fair (June 17-19) website including an easier registration form that will be ready to accept 2016 exhibitor registrations for MREA Business Members and 2015 Exhibitors on Monday at 8:00 a.m., November 16.
August 14, 2015
This fall, MREA is partnering with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) to offer three online courses in their Building Energy Masters Series:
August 10, 2015
Whether you missed The Energy Fair and have been lamenting missing the keynote speeches, or you did attend and are eager to hear them all again, you're in luck! We now have all of The 26th Annual Energy Fair keynote addresses online. So go ahead and listen. We dare you to get inspired.
July 10, 2015
The Power Hour℠, our one-hour educational session for home, business, and farm owners, is now available online. Discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business, or farm from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
April 15, 2015
NEW this year, we are offering discounted day and weekend passes when you purchase them before June 5. Take advantage of these great discounts, and buy your tickets today for this year’s Energy Fair, June 19-21, 2015. Bonus: Volunteer or join as an MREA Member and get in FREE! Reduced Rates: 1-Day Admission Adult: $10 ($15 at the Gate)
January 10, 2015
Connect with thousands of new customers and build your relationship with returning customers! Secure your spot at the largest and longest-running energy and sustainable living event by registering today!
January 8, 2015
This June, around 15,000 people interested in renewable energy and sustainable living will be showing up at The Energy Fair and turning to the Program Guide to make connections and get the information they need to make educated purchases.
Get $100 off an MREA Lifetime Membership
January 5, 2015
Offer good until Valentine's Day. Join as a lifetime member today!
December 5, 2014
Check out this great editorial by MREA Executive Director Nick Hylla in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: As the year draws to a close, it is becoming more and more apparent that 2014 will be remembered as a landmark year for renewable energy in the United States.
The MREA Solar Academy is coming to Milwaukee!
October 18, 2014
The MREA's Solar Training Academy, January 10 - May 30, 2015, is a series of weekend classes that will walk students through the PV design & 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 & Finance.
October 12, 2014
Exhibitor registration opens exclusively to 2014 exhibitors and MREA business members Wednesday, October 15. We will be having a ‘spooktacular’ registration opening to all interested exhibitors on Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 8:00 a.m. Visit our exhibitor webpage for information, to see the map, and to register! Benefits of Registering Early
October 9, 2014
Please read the letter at the link below from MREA Executive Director Nick Hylla about the We Energies rate case and other utility schemes to stifle renewable energy and energy efficiency in Wisconsin.
September 4, 2014
Solar and Energy Efficiency advocates have created a petition to stop unfair billing schemes proposed by 3 Wisconsin Utilities. Stand up and let your voice be heard!
August 27, 2014
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to ensure America’s continued leadership in clean energy and double renewable electricity generation once again by 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy is leading the SunShot Initiative to drive research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans.
July 20, 2014
A big THANK YOU to the many of you who helped make The 25th Energy Fair one of the best yet. This year we had: *Over 13,000 Attendees *227 Exhibit Booths *318 Presentations *315 Volunteers *49 Sponsors *310 CEC hours earned We couldn’t have done it without your generous support!
MREA Brisk Fall Clean Up Day
November 04, 2017
Join us November 4th, for a fun Fall day of volunteering at MREA in Custer, WI! Tasks include; landscaping, weeding, preparing firewood, having fun, and more!
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