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California’s New Interconnection Policies First to Address Cost Certainty and Storage

The comprehensive Rule 21 Order adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) provides numerous innovations to mitigate costs associated with connecting clean energy to the grid, facilitates a clear process for interconnecting energy storage systems, and enables implementation of smart inverter functionality.

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California’s Rule 21 Decision Comes with Big Wins for Customers

A long-awaited Rule 21 decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) comes with some very important wins for the energy customer who is interested in investing in distributed renewable energy.

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New Interactive Video-Based Online Solar Training for Fire Fighters

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and IREC partnered to create an online training course that is far beyond the PowerPoint click-and-view model. The self-paced online course, “Solar PV Safety for Fire Fighters,” features rich video content and simulated environments so fire fighters can practice the knowledge they’ve learned.

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Make Your Voice Heard: Vote for IREC’s 2016 3iAwards!

The applications for IREC’s coveted 2016 3iAwards for Innovation, Ingenuity and Inspiration in the clean energy economy are in. It’s time to vote for the nation’s best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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DOE Awards IREC $2.2M for Solar Training of Allied Professionals

IREC has received funding under DOE’s SunShot Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program to coordinate outreach and develop solar training resources designed to target 100,000 professionals in the building code, inspection and firefighting sectors. At the end of the two-year project, IREC aims to deliver direct training to 10,000 individuals.

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Minnesota: Detailed Interconnection Proposal Now In Hand

Last month, IREC joined Fresh Energy and the Environmental Law & Policy Center to file a joint motion with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which includes a proposal that would help the state implement interconnection changes based on a compilation of best practices and lessons learned from other states.

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Rare Regulatory Triple Play Means Good Things for Energy Customers Coast to Coast

IREC is involved in over a dozen simultaneous regulatory proceedings across the country at any given moment. Yet, rare it is when three state regulatory milestones occur within the same week. In an unexpected occurrence of regulatory synchronicity, the commissions of California, South Carolina and Maryland all hit the streets in the same week with some pretty big (and long-awaited) steps forward for consumer oriented clean energy. What’s more, IREC was thrilled to see clearly reflected in all of them the adoption of several IREC recommendations, all of which make it easier and more affordable for more consumers to access and benefit from clean energy.

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Maine Code Officials

Kennebec Valley Community College holds ‘Solar PV Workshop for Maine Code Officials’ in January. The first-of-its-kind offered in Maine, a workshop featuring code requirements for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, was held on January 21 at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC)

IREC Applauds Funding Focus on National Industry Partnerships to Close Skills Gap

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of final round funding under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. This installment of four significant investments to help build the capacity of the American

A Better Understanding of Solar Jobs

As I write, there are many encouraging trends that point to continued growth and opportunity for the solar industry. The extension of the Investment Tax Credit, the historic Paris Agreement and the consistently impressive numbers from The Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census, all indicate that the force is very much with the solar industry. The growing excitement about a solar future is reflected in questions we’ve received from attendees on recent webinars IREC’s hosted about the Solar Career Map.

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