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Report: States Remain Strong on Consumer Clean Energy Policies

Vote Solar and IREC today released the 2014 edition of Freeing the Grid, a policy guide that grades all 50 states on two key clean energy programs: net metering and interconnection procedures.

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Updates to IREC’s Candidate Handbook

The latest version of the IREC Credentialing Program is available in the Key Docs section of the website. The Candidate Handbook serves as a primary resource for those who are applying for or have been awarded an IREC credential.

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New Quick-Tip Video Helps Candidates and Credential Holders

IREC is pleased to announce the release of the first in a series of quick tips credentialing videos. The short, instructional videos on a variety of subjects will help candidates and credential holders when applying for and managing their credentials.

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The IREC Small Wind Interview: Heather Rhoads-Weaver of eFormative Options

Heather Rhoads-Weaver is Principal Consultant and Founder of eFormative Options with a long career in distributed wind, mostly in policy. Heather talks with IREC about the industry–where it’s been and where it’s headed.

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Updated Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool Reflects Changes in Market Conditions

The Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool, a one-stop shop for information related to the cost, policies, incentives and other details associated with on-site wind, has been updated with several improvements to reflect changes in market conditions: www.windpolicytool.org

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DWEA Launches Consensus-Based SMART Wind Consortium

More than 50 industry, academic, and government representatives from 25 states plus Washington, DC, and Canada joined to work together in a new way to inaugurate the Sustainable Manufacturing Advanced Research and Technology (SMART) Wind Consortium on October 16 in

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USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in September that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide, including 14 small wind projects.

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NREL Announces Two New Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards

In July, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced two new Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) awards. Northern Power Systems of Barre, VT, and Urban Green Energy of New York, NY will receive a portion of the $1.27 million allocated to the CIP in support of the DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.

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United Wind Announces $10M in New Financing for Distributed Wind Projects

United Wind recently announced it has secured a project financing commitment from Pacific Rim Capital, Inc., a leading equipment leasing company, based in Irvine, CA. This funding enables United Wind to continue to offer consumer-scaled wind turbines with no upfront

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Department of Energy Announces 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently issued a Request for Proposals seeking teams of students to participate in the 2016 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition. First held in 2014 at the American Wind

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