Monday, February 8, 2021

Moving Up! Strategies for Preparing for Your Next ATE Project Proposal

Webinar: Moving Up! Strategies for Preparing YOUR Next ATE Project Proposal Thursday, March 11, 2021 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST Has your college been an ATE grantee? Did you have a “New to NSF” grant? Keep the momentum going! Take advantage of what ATE funding can do for your college’s technician education programs and students by “Moving Up” to an ATE Project. What will help make your proposal be more competitive? How do requirements and reviewer expectations change when you take the next step? Where can you get help to make your proposal more competitive? Learn the answers to these questions along with strategies, insider tips, and mistakes to avoid in seeking your next ATE grant. Register: To register to attend, plrease visit:

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Construction begins on world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system

Florida Power & Light Company announced that construction has begun on the FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center, which is expected to become the world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system, according to the company. Located in Parrish, Fla., the 409-MW/900-MWh FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center is expected to begin serving customers in late 2021 by storing extra solar energy produced by the nearby 74.5-MW FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center and sending it to the grid when there is a higher demand for electricity – meaning customers will benefit from solar energy even during times when the sun is not shining. By deploying energy from the batteries when there is a higher demand for electricity, FPL aims to offset the need to run other power plants. For the rest of the story visit:

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

World Bank and United Nations Environment Program Webinar

Connecting Sustainable Energy Businesses with Education: Getting the Workforce You Need Organized by the World Bank’s Energy team and the UNEP Education Team - Thursday Feb 25th 7:00 AM Eastern time - This event will help employers and educators connect to prepare the workforce for the green economy. The clean energy transition is creating new job opportunities around the world. With the rapid expansion of renewables and energy efficiency, along with technology disruptions, the needed skill sets of tomorrow’s workforce are going to be significantly different. How can the private sector connect with educational and training institutions to prepare the workforce for clean energy and the green economy? To register visit:

Friday, January 22, 2021

CREATE Spring Innovation Webinars

Our first Innovation Series spotlights new techniques in online learning by three exemplary faculty members from across the country. Wednesday, February 3rd 1:30PM-2:00PM PST Presenter: James Horst Students are not engaging while learning remotely. Many of the senses that would normally be present during face-to-face learning are lost in the remote environment. James presentation will incorporate the use of a 5 camera system while using Zoom to present energy concepts. Presenter: Scott Liddicoat Almost every classroom teacher in the nation has quickly learned to make educational videos. Now let's make them better--both educationally and professionally. Take your video skills to the next level of quality with CREATE's Scott Liddicoat. He will review simple, but strong recommendations, video-making tips, and points to consider to move you up the learning curve quickly. Friday, February 5th 11:00AM - 11:30AM PST Presenter: Jennifer Clemons These last several months have been difficult for technical faculty to say the least. Teaching an Energy Physics Course in fall, Jennifer will present what worked well and what didn't and demonstrate some of the technology that has helped make teaching in our current environment easier. To register, email

Thursday, January 14, 2021

MREA & Straubel Foundation Clean Energy Leadership Award

In partnership with the Straubel Family Foundation, MREA launched its new scholarship initiative in 2018 to foster student leadership in clean energy: MREA and Straubel Foundation Clean Energy Leadership Award. The award is designed to assist students who are pursuing degrees and/or relevant credentials in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, or clean technology. Prior to this initiative, the MREA created the Steve Hansen Scholarship Fund in honor of Steve Hansen, a brilliant educator who taught thousands of students in Wisconsin about the importance of renewable energy and environmental sustainability. The Steve Hansen Scholarship Fund was established to help the next generation carry on his important work and contributed $16,000 to 31 future sustainability innovators from 2006 – 2017. For additional information visit:

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Madison College completes solar panel project at Reedsburg campus

By: ERICA DYNES REEDSBURG — Madison Area Technical College in Reedsburg has completed its solar panel project to bring renewable energy to the campus, reducing its carbon footprint and bringing educational opportunities to students interested in learning more about the industry. The panels went into operation at the Reedsburg campus Nov. 18, said Ken Walz, the college’s renewable energy program director and the science and engineering instructor. The system at the Reedsburg campus is the fourth system completed as part of the college's 2018 Solar Roadmap. Another set of solar panels will be placed at the Fort Atkinson campus. On its first day of operation, the panels produced over 80% of electricity during the daylight hours at the Reedsburg campus, Walz said. The installation at the Reedsburg campus cost the college $180,000 and will save about $20,000 a year in electricity, he said. Construction took place in September. The solar panels not only provide cost savings to the campus and the ability to produce its own electricity, it also opens the door to educational opportunities in renewable energy at both facilities. It'll help students in related fields like architecture, construction, engineering, electrical apprenticeship, industrial maintenance and environmental science, according to Walz and an August 19 press release on Madison College’s website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cutting the Total Cost of Electrification for EV Bus and Truck Fleets

By Jeff St. John Electric trucks and buses may be approaching cost parity with their fossil-fueled counterparts, and they’re certainly cheaper to fuel over the long run — and that’s not counting their carbon and pollution emissions benefits. But that’s just a slice of the costs of switching bus and truck fleets from fossil fuels to batteries. Unexpected costs and bottlenecks in charging infrastructure, fleet operations and maintenance, and permitting and financing weigh on cities and states mandating electric bus fleets, or private companies with large-scale delivery truck electrification goals. Solving for this “total cost of electrification” equation will be a critical step in pushing EV trucks and buses from the margins to the mainstream in the coming decade, according to a report released Wednesday by Environmental Defense Fund, MJ Bradley and Vivid Economics. “We’re seeing the technology increasingly ready, and capital increasingly eager to invest in sustainability” via fleet electrification, Andy Darrell, EDF’s chief of global energy and finance strategy, said in an interview. “And yet the deployment, especially in the medium and heavy-duty sector, might not be moving as quickly as we’d like to achieve big climate goals.” For the rest of the story visit:

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

KidWind Virtual Workshop Series

KidWind is proud to partner with the CREATE Center to bring our virtual renewable energy educator workshops to educators across the US.  If you are a 6-12th grade science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) teacher use the coupon code, CREATEWKS2020, and it will reduce your registration fee to ONLY $10!  That saves you $140!  These 6-hour fully virtual workshops are hands-on and focus on delivering just enough content knowledge to get going, as well as a wide variety of practical activities for your classroom.   If you manage to take attend and complete all three of workshops - Energy & The Power Grid, Wind Energy Fundamentals and Solar Energy Fundamentals and attend an educators webinar on successful implementation you will receive $200 in bonus gear that you get to choose!  No prior energy knowledge is needed to attend these workshops.  All participants receive a box of materials before each workshop that will allow them to explore the lessons. To register visit:

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Webinar: Solar Road Maps: Strategic Planning for School Facilities


Friday, November 13th, 9AM PST/11AM CST/12PM EST

Schools across the country are considering solar photovoltaic installations on campus to produce energy for their facilities and to provide an educational resource for students.  A solar roadmap can help your institution to create a strategic plan to prioritize solar development on campus. To register for the webinar email Gabrielle Temple at 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Webinar: Energy Around the World - Germany Energy Storage


This Free Event is at 11:00AM - 12:00PM on Wednesday, November 4

Join us as we hear about Germany's energy systems with a focus on energy storage. Our first presenter will be Frances Ball of Launch Alaska. She will present her findings on Germany's energy systems and compare them to Alaska. She will then give an overview of several energy storage options. We will then hear from Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies who will present his research on battery storage.

To Register visit: https://GermanyEnergyStorage