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Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Showing the solar panels
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Standing outside their 1920s-era bungalow in Bloomington’s Founders Grove neighborhood, Chris Kaufman and Mark Austill peered out from their wide-brimmed hats at the men working on their roof.

Patrick on a roof
Patrick Laughlin

Two years ago, Patrick Laughlin was looking to make a career change.

He was doing customer service and sales in an office, but he was itching for something skills-based. He’d always been fascinated by renewable energy, so he signed up for a solar energy installer training program in Bloomington.