Want to minimize energy bills and make a statement with solar?
A new (free!) applied course by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will help your higher education institution define highest-value, lowest-cost projects and advance large-scale PV purchases.
With the initial offering running January 29 to March 25, 2018, this 8-week online course will guide participants through the fundamentals of institutional investing in solar PV systems. Beginning with developing your team of campus stakeholders and guiding you all the way through competitive solicitation, course modules are designed to help you narrow in on the best solar investment option for your campus. Participants will apply tools, templates, case studies, as well as lessons learned from higher education teams that have worked through the process and achieved over 26 MW of solar energy investment!
PV Deployment Teams and Stakeholder Values
PV Development Considerations
PV Site Prioritization
Project Financial Modeling
Bid-Ready Solar Projects
Running a Competitive Solicitation
Project Development Assistance
Hosted online with guided lessons, activities, and discussions, the course will be taught by national solar energy experts and MREA staff with specific experience in how to get your campus to “YES!” Instructors include representatives from TurningPoint Energy and the University of Minnesota, with more being announced soon! As a participant, you will also work through course activities with representatives from other institutions pursuing solar project investments, providing a platform for networking and collaborative learning.
When you enroll in PV Development Course for Institutions, you also gain access to MREA’s Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101) course. In this recommended prerequisite, you will learn the basics of PV systems including how they work, systems types and components, applications and limitations of each type, how to estimate loads and system size, and site assessment basics. This 8-hour course is self-paced and will run January 2 to 28, 2018.
A final in-person gathering will be held at MREA’s annual Energy Fair in Custer, WI, June 15-17, 2018 for participants to attend professional workshops, meet fellow course participants, and network with renewable energy experts at the nation’s largest and longest running renewable energy and sustainability event!