Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, recently won an award for their Renewable Energy Site Assessment Service, created in partnership with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) awarded them their 2008 Innovation Award in October for demonstrating a measurable positive impact that is replicable and innovative.
“We were thrilled to accept this award,” said Don Wichert, program director for Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Program. “It is my hope this recognition will bring more attention to this service, as it’s an excellent resource for anyone considering renewable energy. For many, the idea of implementing a renewable energy system is overwhelming. However, our site assessments can help them decide whether a renewable energy system is right for their particular circumstances.”
By co-funding this service, Focus on Energy met a critical need to simplify the process and to provide unbiased, third party information to customers to help them make informed choices and facilitate appropriately sized and sited renewable energy systems. Over 85 MREA Certified Site Assessors currently serve customers in Focus on Energy territory and beyond. More than 600 site assessments have been co-funded by Focus on Energy in Wisconsin this year.
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association recently launched a new website to help homeowners and businesses locate certified Site Assessors near them. The website allows customers around the country to identify a local certified professional to assess their site for installation of wind turbines, solar electric, and solar hot water. The site also links to resources for current information on renewable energy incentives and news.
The MREA provides training and certification in wind and solar energy site assessments specific to residences, businesses and farms. In addition to helping customers through the site assessment process, the website links to the steps to MREA certification for prospective site assessors. The site also serves as a resource hub and forum through which the MREA can efficiently communicate with current site assessors throughout the country.
For Wisconsin customers, the new website features Focus on Energy on-line coupon request forms. Eligible customers may submit the coupon requests and receive up to 60% off the cost of a site assessment performed by an MREA Certified Site Assessor
Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on Energy’s information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled.
Source: Focus on Energy and Midwest Renewable Energy Association