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IREC Board’s Karl Rábago Among 6 Thought Leaders on Future of Utility Business Models

Utility Dive asked utilities and other thought leaders, including IREC Board of Director member, Karl R. Rábago, for their perspective on the future of utility business models and regulation.

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IRS to Small Wind Manufacturers and Consumers: Certification Necessary to Qualify for 30% Tax Credit

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines – defined as having a nameplate capacity of up to 100 kW – in order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

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Proof in Numbers: Putting Solar Job Census & Home Value Study in Perspective

Encouraging news was published last week. Avoiding any hyperbolic phrases, the facts speak for themselves. Almost 174,000 solar workers were counted in The Solar Foundation’s 2014 Census Report. Solar wears the Triple Crown: A carbon reducer, a secured energy provider, and a proven job enabler. Way to go solar energy industry. Now, how do we make sure the other shoe doesn’t drop?

City of Inspectors Train “Virtually” at the Same Time

When the number of solar residential permit applications jumped from “a few here and there” to 4,000 in one year, Los Angeles Chief of Green Building Osama Younan knew he had to do something to get more of the city’s residential building inspectors prepared with the right knowledge to meet that demand. That’s when he approached IREC and asked for help.

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Solar Training in an Agricultural Program? You Bet!

Ask most people about farms, and they’ll likely tell you about tractors, crops and hardworking animals. But ask Dr. Ed Franklin, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Education at the University of Arizona, and get ready to learn about farming’s future—in solar panels.

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Team-teaching Brings IREC Certified Instructor and Mobile Solar Lab to NY students

Over the summer, solar instructor Mike Paradis and I were fortunate to be invited by Larry Reeger, SITN instructor trainee, to hold the hands-on course, Solar PV Design and Installation for Building/Construction Programs at Sullivan County Community College in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

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Solar for All: Reaching Low-Income Customers

Heating and cooling are not “nice-to-haves” in most areas of the U.S. – they are a necessity. However, this basic need creates a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Statistics vary on how much low-income families typically spend on their energy bills, but it’s in the range of 6-20 percent of their annual income, much higher than the national average of 3 percent.

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PSU’s Solar and Energy Storage Education Symposium Inspires, Motivates Students

Earlier this fall, the Northern Mid-Atlantic RTP team hosted the Solar and Energy Storage Education Symposium, a unique event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which brought representatives from nine different colleges and universities together to talk about solar and energy storage education.

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SSTN and Southface Energy Institute Host PV Design/Commissioning Workshop with Jim Dunlop

Last month, the Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN) and Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted a two-day photovoltaic (PV) design and commissioning workshop at Southface Energy Institute led by well-known solar expert and trainer, Jim Dunlop.

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Within the Walls  

When I worked as an electrician, I knew that most people had little idea how much effort went into installing a light and switch in a home. They only saw the end product – the light and switch – and didn’t always “value” the time and effort it took to install those devices. They rarely saw all my work accomplished within the walls.

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