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Summer Series

Virtual, lunch-time presentations featuring installers, advocates, and experts!

MREA’s Summer Series is a virtual, lunch-time series featuring installers, advocates, and experts discussing fun and interesting topics in renewable energy. Join MREA on Thursdays at 12:30 pm for engaging presentations and Q&A sessions on Montana’s energy resources and policies, as well as virtual tours of solar PV, hydro, and battery systems. Plus, hear from special guests on how renewable energy is pairing up with transportation, agriculture, and even Montana’s two National Parks – Glacier and Yellowstone!

Recordings now available on YouTube

We want to give a huge thank you to all of our expert guest speakers, to our sponsors, and of course to everyone who joined us throughout the summer! The recordings of the Summer Series presentations are now up on our YouTube page. While you're there, please 'subscribe' to our channel. Our page is pretty new - help us get up to 100 followers!


Presentation Schedule

Jun. 25: Introduction to Renewable Energy in Montana

Jul. 2: Wind Energy Systems (Guest speaker: Dave Ryan, Balance Engineering)

Jul. 9: Solar PV Systems Virtual Site Visit! (Guest speaker: Dan Brandborg, SBS Solar)

Jul. 16: Micro-hydro Systems Virtual Site Visit! (Guest speaker: Rip Hamilton, Solar Plexus)

Jul. 23: Battery Storage Systems Virtual Site Visit! (Guest speaker: Travis Jordan, MT Solar)

Jul. 30: Renewable Energy Policy in Montana

Aug. 6: Understanding the Montana Public Service Commission

Aug. 13: Renewable Energy + Transportation (Guest speakers: Kyla Maki, MT DEQ and Vince Caristo, Mountain Line Public Transit)

Aug. 20: Renewable Energy + Montana's National Parks (Guest speakers: Melissa Sladek, Science Communication Specialist with Glacier National Park; Rachel Dodgen, Sustainability Intern with Yellowstone National Park)

Aug. 27: Renewable Energy + Agriculture (Guest speaker: Stacie Peterson, National Center for Appropriate Technology)

Sep. 3: What's Next for Renewable Energy (Guest speaker: Bethany Speer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)


Thank you to our generous sponsors! The Summer Series is sponsored by: