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-four 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.


 2014 MSTN Partnering Institution Benefits


Join the MREA in building solar training capacity in the Midwest and beyond! The Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative supports the MSTN and allows the MREA to offer partial to full scholarships for photovoltaic train-the-trainer programs.  The MREA is entering its final year of DOE funding and is more energized than ever to train instructors!

Full Scholarship
MREA is offering up to a full training tuition scholarship, on a reimbursement basis, for instructors interested in becoming Recognized Training Providers for MREA's PV Site Assessment Certificate Program and/or MREA's PV Design and Sales Certificate Program. See the MSTN certificate course page for more information.

Partial Scholarship
The MREA is offering training scholarships that will cover 50% of the tuition cost for instructors to access PV Instructor Technology Institutes and other advanced PV training courses offered by the MREA. See the MSTN course page for more information on upcoming courses.

Inspector Training
The MREA can offer a 6-hour IAEI recognized course on key code concerns for PV system permitting and installation for electrical industry professionals for MSTN Partnering Institutions. See the MSTN inspector-training page for additional information.


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