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?
Just a few weeks ago, I was on the exhibit floor of the Solar Power International Conference (SPI) in Chicago speaking to an assembled group about why IREC credentials matter to everyone involved in the clean energy industry. Here are a few of the thoughts I shared.
Recently, IREC, along with the Vote Solar Initiative, released our annual Freeing the Grid report card for state net energy metering (NEM) and interconnection policies. After seven years of grading state net metering and interconnection policies, we have a bit of perspective on how they have changed over time. One thing is for sure: we are looking at a vastly different policy landscape than when we started grading them back in 2007.
IREC has been a change-maker for three decades. Yet change is always uneasy until we experience the results. So when we decided last year that in October 2013 we would roll our annual meeting into a more active and visible partnership with Solar Power International (SPI) in Chicago, we dug in, worked hard to create an exciting new model, and secretly hoped for the best. And that’s exactly what we got.
We just spent an incredibly productive four days at Solar Power International 2013 (SPI) in Chicago. The IREC Credentialing Program presented and met with the solar industry on the exhibit floor to engage the industry and help them understand the value of credentialing.
“Without knowing what your variables are, how do you know what problem to solve?” This would be an important lesson for the current trend to value the net impact of distributed solar generation in the U.S, says Laurel Passera.
This is not a promo piece for the Solar Power International Conference. But, it does tell you why we’re going to the conference and what we hope to accomplish during the week of October 21 in Chicago.
While IREC oversaw the standards development process, according to established procedures, the content represents what you, our peers in the clean energy industry, define as a high-quality training provider and an exceptional instructor.