About Us

The Midwest Solar Training Network is a partnership to grow solar in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.



The Department of Energy:

SunShot Initiative

Solar Instructor Training Network



Regional Training Provider:

Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Solar Instructor Training


The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) manages the Midwest Solar Training Network (MSTN). The MREA has more than twenty-five years of experience in the solar training field and it is our goal to accelerate market adoption of solar technologies by ensuring that high-quality installations are standard and to create sustainable jobs within the solar installation industry.

The MSTN is a group of technical and community colleges, non-profit organizations, universities, and industry partners who are working together to build solar training capacity in the Midwest. We are a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded effort working in a seven state region that includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.


Launched in 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative established the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), composed of nine Regional Training Providers (RTPs) to help fulfill a critical need for high-quality, local, and accessible training in solar system design, installation, sales, and inspection through train-the-trainer programs.  The nine RTPs are well-established solar training institutions that offer expert trainers and first-class training facilities across the U.S. The Midwest Solar Training Network (MSTN) is the network for the Midwest.


The Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. Learn more.




The Midwest Solar Training Network funding ended in December of 2014, but the MREA is continuing our instructor training efforts though our Grow Solar Network - which is a Department of Energy SunShot initiative to reduce the soft costs of solar. 


Grow Solar is a partnership of Midwest organizations that are working to improve permitting, planning & zoning, interconnection standards and processes, financing for solar, and education.  Through Grow Solar, we will continue to provide education to solar instructors and inspectors.  Visit the Education tab of Grow Solar's website for the most up-to-date information. 


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