Midwest Renewable Energy Association workshops

Midwest Renewable Energy Association workshops

By By Kathy Matthai, Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Looking for something fun and exciting in August? The MREA has the workshops for you!

Down on the Farm – Browntown, Wis.

Three consecutive workshops will be offered at Inn Serendipity, outside of Browntown, Wis. Inn Serendipity is a renewable energy powered B&B nestled atop the rolling hills South of Monroe. Attend all three workshops for the reduced price of $160.

August 2 – The Rural Renaissance: Creating a Diversified, Entrepreneurial Life on the Farm Experience, a “hands-on approach to sustainable living by spending an

afternoon at Inn Serendipity, a traditional organic farm and B&B.” This 1/2 day workshop includes resources to get you started and a hands-on tour of the farm, straw bale green house and renewable energy systems. Cost: $30.

August 3 – Introduction to Alternative Construction: This workshop will focus on locally occurring natural materials for building. Topics will include straw bale, cordwood, Cobb and rammed tire. Pros, cons, detailing and construction methods of each material will be covered. Cost: $75.

August 4 – Earthen Plasters: Participants of this workshop will learn the ins and outs of natural plasters, their applications and application methods. Students will apply classroom knowledge to an actual straw bale greenhouse under construction. Cost: $85

In the City – Madison, Wis.

August 8 – Industrial and Commercial Solar Energy Utilization: Progressive companies are embracing renewable energy to save money on their utility bills and to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gasses. Workshop attendees will learn the basics of renewable energy systems that are most likely to be cost-effective for businesses and government facilities, and how to use RETScreen software to evaluate projects.

Cost: $40 for participants in Wisconsin Focus on Energy territory, $90 Non- FOE territory.

For more information or to register, call the MREA at 715-592-6595, or download a registration form at the MREA website, www.the-mrea.org .

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