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Workshop on Microgrid Systems & Power Electronics for Low Energy Buildings

a workshop on microgrid systems and power electronics for low energy buildings brings together renewable energy systems and their integration into electricity grids and buildings. The workshop, sponsored by GEARED DTTC, Mid-America Microgrid Education and Training Consortium (MARMET), the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society Emerging Technologies Technical Committee, follows from a focused workshop held in 2014 at the Applied Power Electronics Conference.

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Mobile Brick-and-Mortar Solar Lab: PV training anytime. Anywhere.

SolPowerPeople’s mobile brick-and-mortar solar lab brings hands-on, PV training to you, anywhere, anytime. Since 2010, SolPowerPeople has offered quality solar training and education in PV systems design, installation, operations and management to more than 3,000 people from 90 countries.

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All Newly Solar Trained Veterans Offered Jobs!

Today, February 13, 2015, is graduation day for the first group of veterans in a Solar PV Training pilot program specifically for veterans, from the SunShot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy.

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IREC Adds its Voice to National Conversation on Community Colleges and Job-Ready Education

IREC joined some 600 community college presidents, administrators, instructors and partners in Newport Beach, CA recently for the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute. IREC CEO/President Jane Weissman presented Community Colleges Educating for and Building a Clean Energy Economy.

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Landmark Report Released by IREC: Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System

Multiple compounding factors are driving national movement toward a more modern electricity grid, one that enables a cleaner energy future. A thought-leading report released today by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) offers a unique look at easing that transition, and offers five insightful approaches for state utility regulators who, ultimately, will facilitate this transition through the rules and regulations that govern the electricity system and electric utilities.

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U.S. Marines Set Sights on Solar Training for Vets

The solar industry has long taken a leading role in hiring veterans, employing more service members than any other sector in the U.S., according to the DOE. Building on this tradition, the DOE SunShot Initiative’s Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) has partnered with three military bases to create the veterans solar job training pilot project, kicked off last week at Camp Pendleton, where the four-week training continues until February 13.

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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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