In an effort to improve the quality of renewable energy work in the marketplace and to help establish benchmarks for the sector, The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) developed a standard to evaluate and accredit exceptional educational programs in renewable energy. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), a Wisconsin-based renewable energy education facility, took part in the pilot phase of the program and earned accreditation for their Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate Program through ANSI-IREC.

"The ANSI-IREC accreditation program is of the highest quality in the field of renewable energy. Students can be confident that the knowledge and skills they will gain from participating in MREA's Solar Thermal Site Assessment Program will allow them to provide quality services in the field."