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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

Friday, March 13, 2015 - Saturday, March 14, 2015


Instructor: Jack Kluempke

Friday March 13th  4:00pm-6:00pm

Saturday March 14th   9:00am-3:00pm

Saturday March 28th 9:00am-3:00pm


$325.00 for members
$325.00 for non-members

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

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 resources analysis, PV system performance calculators and incentives.

Instructor-assigned fieldwork of approximately five hours is expected for completion of this course. To receive the MREA (Midwest Renewal Energy Association) PV Site Assessor Certificate, you will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments through an $80 mentoring process, pass the written test given by the MREA and pay a $50 exam fee.  After this is completed, you will hold a PV site assessment certificates through the MREA, the only recognized site assessor certificates in this region.  This will allow you to be listed and contacted for work through MREA's website as an independent site assessor.  This hands-on course will cover Photovoltaic Site Assessor 201 as listed on the MREA 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 (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Technical Sales certification.  

You must have taken Photovoltaic 101 before registering for this class.  


Please click here to register on the Century College Website!