Tap talks is a free series of guest presentations at the Central Waters Brewery in Amherst that invites the public to engage experts in an informal, two-way conversation about important issues of the day. Now in its third year, the fall series begins on October 20 at 4 p.m. with Nick Hylla, Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).
Hylla will be presenting on the solar energy revolution underway in Central Wisconsin. The MREA has been educating and advocating about solar and other renewable energy opportunities for years, and now a record number of local governments, businesses, and homeowners are coming on board by installing solar photovoltaic systems.
This revolution reflects a wave of priorities, policies and prices that have cleared the way for both small scale and very large solar arrays.
Hylla and the MREA have also been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart initiative. SolSmart is a national designation program designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets. On October 20, the City of Stevens Point, the Villages of Amherst and Plover, as well as Portage County, will be welcomed as new SolSmart designees. A reception will follow Hylla’s talk and the usual Tap Talks question and answer period.
Tap Talks is brought to you by the Central Waters Brewery and the Extension and Outreach programs at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. For more information or to suggest a future Tap Talks speaker, contact Eric Olson at UW Extension Lakes email@example.com 715-346-2192