The Power Pack is an innovative, community-based solar market program first implemented in Milwaukee, WI. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) works in target communities to provide education and resources that simplify the process for installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, helping customers to lower their electric bills, gain long-term energy security, support local economic development, and reduce their dependency on polluting fossil fuels.
Attend a Free Power Hour
The MREA works with community partners to offer 1-hour seminars, Power Hours, for customers. This one-hour presentation describes how PV systems work, outlines the financial benefits and describes the solar installation process. The Power Hour also offers information on qualified solar installers, incentive information, how to get a site assessment, and available financing options.
Power Hour informational sessions are free and open to the public!
Connect with an Installer
The MREA maintains an approved list of trained solar installers that meet our minimum standards for experience, credentialing, and customer relations. Approved local contractors, their suppliers, manufacturers, and local lenders ensure that customers have access to regionally manufactured solar products. Customers can use our list of Questions to Ask Your Installer to assist them in selecting an installer.
A site assessment determines the viability of installing solar panels on your home and business. Depending on your location, you can fill out the form to request a possible free site assessment.
MREA works to promote local, low-interest financing options for customers through community banks and credit unions.
Discover the benefits of solar energy and our unique solar purchasing program that promotes local business. Attend a Power Hour to learn the basics about solar, how to get a site assessment, and get information on qualified solar installers and incentive information.
Power Hour informational sessions are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you!
The MREA is working in partnership with IGEN and Kankakee Community College. It is also working with Heartland Community College and McHenry County College.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
McHenry County College Power Hour
Algonquin Village Hall
2200 Harnish Dr
Algonquin, IL 60102
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Please RSVP here
The Illinois Power Pack is a partnership with the MREA, Kankakee Community College, Heartland Community College, Sauk Valley Community College and McHenry County College.
This project is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation, IGEN and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The Minnesota Power Pack is a partnership with the MREA and Hibbing Community College. This project is made possible with funding from the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) and National Science Foundation.
The City of Milwaukee – Milwaukee Shines program teamed up with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to launch this pilot solar purchase program called the Milwaukee Power Pack. The Milwaukee Power Pack program supports local manufacturers, builds a customer base for local installers, and makes solar more affordable for Milwaukee area customers. The program offers quality solar products from Milwaukee companies, installed by local NABCEP certified solar installers, at a lower cost for customers. And as a way to reach a wider audience, the City of Milwaukee and MREA also partnered with the local food co-op, Outpost Natural Foods. MREA offered weekly informational meetings held at the Co-op called Power Hours and the co-op members were very responsive to the idea of solar on their homes.
Please visit the City of Milwaukee website for more information and a step-by-step guide for the Milwaukee Power Pack. You can also view this archived webinar by Amy Heart from the City of Milwaukee a – Milwaukee Shines Financing Webinar.