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High School Building Trades Students Receive Solar Training from KVCC

St. Croix Regional Technical Center Building Trades Instructor Stan Sluzenski has worked with the Solar Instructor Training Network at KVCC for the past two years gaining skills in solar and ideas for how to incorporate it in his classes.

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Build it and They Will Come: Solar Educators, Trainers & Industry Cement Their Partnership for a Readied Workforce

Hosted by IREC, the national administrator of SITN, and the California/Hawaii Regional Training Partnership, the day-long PV solar instructor summit provided the opportunity to learn about workforce needs from those hiring solar industry professionals, the types of skills in demand by PV installation companies, and innovative approaches for community colleges to keep PV training relevant.

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Building on a strong foundation, the critical need for updated interconnection policies

Say you’re thinking about adding another story onto an old house. You probably wouldn’t want to start building without first having a structural engineer make some calculations to ensure the house could support the addition. Now keep that image in mind as you consider interconnection policy as one of the main load-bearing walls in our solar market “house.” If not properly designed to match the growing market conditions, state interconnection policies may cause the house to come crashing down…or at least cause some major cracks to form.

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Solar PV Training for Florida’s First Responders

As more and more PV systems are being installed, the need to educate first responders is critical. Hosted by the Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN), the morning session was designed to assist trainers in developing courses for first responders and firefighters. The workshop was developed and coordinated with help from the University of Central Florida Building and Fire Code office. Renowned solar trainer and educator, Jim Dunlop, conducted the training.

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Solar Technicians Trained at Truckee Meadows Community College Will Help Advance U.S. Solar Energy

By Truckee Meadows Community College At the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Lake Tahoe, Reno is home to the solar energetic Truckee Meadows Community College. State-of-the-art curriculum developed by national experts, together with a growing need for technicians

Deploying Distributed Energy Storage: Near-term Regulatory Considerations to Maximize Benefits

As the percentage of electricity generated from renewable energy sources continues to grow in the U.S., particularly from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, technologies that can facilitate increased deployment of renewable energy, such as distributed energy storage, are front and center in state and national discussions. A report released today by IREC offers independent insight on how to address these new challenges – and opportunities – in the regulatory arena.

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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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