Renewable Energy Classes & Workshops

Interested in learning more about renewable energies? The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) offers classes in solar hot water, PV design and installation, and small-scale wind design and installation. To be informed about these and other future renewable energy classes, please fill out our contact form and indicate which topics most interest you. We will send you information on the next available classes when they are scheduled.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Solar PV Site Assessor Training

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014

9:30am to 4:30pm


$280.00 for members
$320.00 for non-members

Class Location
Century College
3300 Century Avenue N.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

This two day 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.

To receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate, participants will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments through a mentoring process. This mentoring process can be done through Century College for $75. Once both site assessments have been approved participants need to pass the written test given by the MREA and pay a $50 exam fee. After this is completed participants will hold a PV site assessment certificate through the MREA, the only recognized site assessor certificate in this region. This will allow them to be listed and contacted for work through MREA’s website as independent site assessors.

This course will cover Photovoltaic Site Assessor 201 as listed on the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s website.

The site assessment certificate is a valuable credential that: establishes an entry-level competency that is valuable to employers in the renewable energy field; serves as an add-on certificate to other principle skills or credentials in the green jobs industry including system design, installation, sales, finance, research, and policy; is a benchmark in the training and experience required for NABCEP PV Technical Sales certification.

Prerequisite:

PV 101 given by MRES or PV 101 at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.


Site Assessment Tech Mentoring Program

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014

Flexible site assessment submittal times. Students can register and submit assessments anytime between April 1st and June 30th, 2014.


$100.00 for members
$100.00 for non-members

Class Location
Century College
3300 Century Avenue N.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

The Site Assessment Mentoring Program is set up for students who would like to receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate and need to have their two site assessments reviewed by an MREA Recognized Training Provider. Participants will need to have completed a Solar PV Site Assessor Training through either MRES or MREA. This course will allow for the student to have two practice site assessments reviewed through a mentoring process until they are done correctly.

Once both site assessments have been approved participants need to pass the written test given by the MREA and pay a $50 exam fee. After this is completed participants will hold a PV site assessment certificate through the MREA, the only recognized site assessor certificate in this region. This will allow them to be listed and contacted for work through MREA’s website as independent site assessors.

The site assessment certificate is a valuable credential that: establishes an entry-level competency that is valuable to employers in the renewable energy field; serves as an add-on certificate to other principle skills or credentials in the green jobs industry including system design, installation, sales, finance, research, and policy; is a benchmark in the training and experience required for NABCEP PV Technical Sales certification.


Site Assessment Tech Mentoring Program

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014

Flexible site assessment submittal times. Students can register and submit assessments anytime between April 1st and June 30th, 2014.


$90.00 for members
$100.00 for non-members

Class Location
Online
Anywhere
Anytime, USA .

 

The Site Assessment Tech Mentoring Program is set up for students who would like to receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate and need to have their two site assessments reviewed by an MREA Recognized Training Provider. Participants will need to have completed a Solar PV Site Assessor Training through either MRES or MREA (called PV 201). This course will allow for the student to have two practice site assessments reviewed through a mentoring process until they are both done correctly.

Once both site assessments have been approved participants need to pass the written test given by the MREA and pay a $50 exam fee. After this is completed participants will hold a PV site assessment certificate through the MREA, the only recognized site assessor certificate in this region. This will allow them to be listed and contacted for work through MREA’s website as independent site assessors.

The site assessment certificate is a valuable credential that: establishes an entry-level competency that is valuable to employers in the renewable energy field; serves as an add-on certificate to other principle skills or credentials in the green jobs industry including system design, installation, sales, finance, research, and policy; is a benchmark in the training and experience required for NABCEP PV Technical Sales certification.

If you have not already taken the pre-requsite classes of PV 101 and the Site Assessor Training (PV 201) you can find the next dates for those classes by visiting our classes and workshops page.