Yearly Archives: 2013

5 Tips for Writing Solar Permitting Guidance Documents

Checklists provide essential information on the permit application and inspection process, and are a great place to start. Here are five tips for writing good guidance documents.

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A Heart Broken – Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend

Richard Knaub died this Christmas week.  This incredibly wonderful guy fought back from a stroke and then got hit with cancer.  I am sure that right now Richard is holding court figuring out better ways for any higher authority to

Stand Out in a Crowded Industry – The Power of a Credential

Congratulations! You have successfully navigated and have been awarded IREC’s  certification or accreditation. You have demonstrated the required knowledge, experience and integrity.  Now how do you make this distinction work for you? You need to spread the word about your

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Black eyes are contagious and avoidable

The margin for error is slim when an industry is relatively new. It’s susceptible to strict scrutiny and heightened consumer and stakeholder expectations. This insight prompted the fall launch of the Clean Energy Credentialing Coalition (CECC). Five organizations, committed to raising the bar for product, services and workmanship, have joined forces to get the word out about the value that credentialing brings to our broadening young industry.

ARCHIVES Regulatory Reform Newsletters

  2014 August | The Proof of Interconnection Reform is in the…Data July | The New Mod Squad: Grid Modernization for our Shifting Energy Resources June | Getting a Fair Share of Solar May | Transmission: More than Meets the Eye

December 2012 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF DECEMBER 2013?   Note from the Editor Improved Interconnection Procedures – Coming soon to a state near you? They say history repeats itself.  This rang true last month when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) updated

Report: What Can The U.S. Government Do To Create A Big Energy Storage Market

The rise of renewable electricity generation and electric cars is driving a growing interest in energy storage technology, which is in the very early stage of being used by power companies, businesses and consumers. How do you nurture this emerging technology field that is supposed to play a critical role in our overall aim to battle climate change?

Vermont’s Hardwick Electric Department Raises Net Metering Cap

The Hardwick Electric Department board voted on Nov. 13 to accept an additional 125 kilowatts of renewable power from small scale net metering projects or 2 percent more than the previous net metering cap, according to a press release from

Vermont PSB Orders WEC to Stop Net Metering Program

The Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) has been ordered by the Vermont Public Service Board to suspend its proposed net metering program. A press release says because of this, WEC will no longer be accepting net metering applications. In October, WEC

Incentive Amounts Set for Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program

The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced on Nov. 22 the 2014 incentive amounts for its 10-year, $15-million-a-year Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program that will officially launch January 1, 2014. The announcement of the incentive amounts means that for the Minnesota residents and


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