Record Number of Solar Professional CECs at Fair
A record number of NABCEP approved continuing education credits (CECs) were obtained by solar professionals at MREA’s 27th Annual Energy Fair. Over 180 solar professionals took advantage of free educational sessions over the duration of the Fair. Thanks to sponsors WERNER Electric (WI and MN), and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the MREA was able to provide 25 course options lead by the industry’s top manufacturers and distributors for a total of 504 hours of CECs completed, that’s three times the amount of CECs than last year.
The MREA strongly believes that obtaining and maintaining NABCEP certification is a necessity to ensure quality in the solar industry. Having a place where solar professionals can come together, network with other NABCEP certs, get fresh information, enjoy live music, camping, a solar powered demo derby, and CEC’s for an affordable price, is well, priceless.
Roger Garton, Technical Director at the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), is a recent NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. Garton has been participating in the Fair for seven years and says, “ The MREA Energy Fair is the largest gathering of knowledge and access to professional educators anywhere in the Midwest.” Garton who in addition to exhibiting at the Fair also volunteers in the Silent Auction comments, “To have so many training options to choose from and the ability to attain NABCEP credits at an event this affordable is almost unheard of in the solar industry today.”
This year solar professional workshops were delivered by the following manufacturers and distributers: ABB, Aurora Solar, Caleffi North America, Crown Battery, EJOT Fastening Systems L.P, Heliene Inc., Hoeper Green Power (showcasing Sonnen Smart Energy Storage System), Iron Edison Battery Company, IronRidge, Inc., Kyocera Solar, Magnum Energy, MidNite Solar, Morningstar Corporation, Northern Battery (showcasing Rolls Battery Engineering), Outback Power Technologies, PacketFlux Technologies, Inc., Quick Mount PV, SolarEdge Technologies, Soligent Distribution, and Werner Electric.
OutBack Power Technologies, Senior Applications Engineer, Roy Dyngen presented two workshops, Outback Battery-Based and Batteryless Grid-Tie Inverter Fundamentals, and The Evolution of Outback Solar Charge Controllers at the Fair. When asked about the event Dyngen had this to say, “MREA’s Energy Fair has been my favorite solar event of the year for as long as I’ve been in the industry! This years Fair was my 16th or 17th in a row and I plan on never missing one. I love having the opportunity to speak at the Fair as it is always a very positive crowd.”
The idea for The Energy Fair was to create a place where folks who were interested or already working in renewable energy could come together and share their knowledge and ideas, in an effort to advance the industry and create a more sustainable future. 27 years later that idea has flourished into the longest running energy education event of its’ kind. It’s a fun event where solar professionals can earn CECs, while enjoying live music, solar brewed beer, topical keynotes, 200+ exhibitors, and so much more. We hope to see you next year. Learn more about The Energy Fair at www. TheEnergyFair.org. To see a full list of MREA’s course offerings and NABCEP approved solar courses visit www.midestrenew.org/courses.
Interested in applying to take the NABCEP certification exam this fall? The deadline to submit is August 5. NABCEP offers the industry standard certification for PV and Solar Heating Installation and PV Technical Sales.
Learn more at www.nabcep.org.