“Students tell us repeatedly that hands-on work with PV equipment is the most useful experience.” — John Harrison, Florida Solar Energy Center
Yearly Archives: 2013
They both are good for you and worth the price if they are of high quality. But just because a chocolate bar is advertised to gourmet foodies as the finest, it may not be the best, lacking the right ingredients to be true chocolate. Same is the case for credentials. A certification can be packaged nicely, even advertised as top shelf, yet what’s behind it may not be enough to assure that it measures competency and skill.
Last week, we saw an important shift in interconnection policy as the federal Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) were updated for the first time since their initial adoption in 2005. We have been working for nearly two years to build stakeholder consensus at FERC on the changes adopted last week, which follow the example set by leading states such as California, Hawaii and Massachusetts. It is a monumental accomplishment, symbolically and substantively.
Timing, as they say, is everything. In politics. In baseball. I’d also posit that talent and vision are close cousins. And in the case of the Solar Instructor Training Network, I’d add one more: favorable global economics. The speed and magnitude of change in the global solar market has been spectacular if not daunting. Who knew, four years ago, that the industry would see year-after-year of exponential growth, fueling the demand and need for a highly-trained solar workforce?
Kansas may not be the first state you think of for solar training, but Derek Reilley, Renewable/Sustainable Energy Program Director at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas, may make you think differently. Colby Community College is a partnering training organization under the Rocky Mountain RTP. Derek is the project lead for CCC’s solar training program.
FERC Announces Rule Changes to Facilitate More Efficient Interconnections for Small Renewable Energy Systems
In a far-reaching decision on November 21, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted significant modifications to the agency’s Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), which should facilitate a more efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators. IREC worked in both California and Hawaii on the development of this improved process and believes it will help maintain the efficiency of the interconnection process across the country.
The IREC Credentialing Program has released a new version of the IREC Candidate Handbook. In addition to content updates, the new Candidate Handbook also features a new format designed to contribute to ease of use and readability.
South-Central and California-Hawaii Regions Partner to Provide Enhanced Public PV Education at Solar Decathlon
The South-Central RTPs mobile solar trailer was on display at the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Members from the CA/HI RTP staffed the trailer and touted the benefits of PV systems to the public
IREC’s Solar Permitting Resources Used for Advanced PV System Design & Commissioning Training at SSTN
The Florida Solar Energy Center’s (FSEC) Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN) held a Principles of PV Systems Design and Commissioning workshop on September 24-26, 2013 for previously trained instructors. More than a dozen SSTN trainers from southeast regional community colleges and technical institutions attended the workshop. “Trainers represented educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee,” said Harrison. Of special value to workshop attendees were two IREC resources for solar permitting.
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