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IREC’s National Search for Best of 2015 in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

IREC announces its Call for Nominees for the IREC 3iAwards – a prestigious annual national search for innovative people, projects and programs that promote and accelerate the sustainable growth of clean energy, honoring innovation, ingenuity and inspiration from the nation’s best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Shared Solar Sunnyside Up: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Securities Regulation

As shared and community renewable arrangements develop, they face an important regulatory question: to securitize or not to securitize? While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, typically the answer lies in the design and structure of the arrangement.

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IREC Launches New Website for National Program to Grow Clean Energy Expertise of Electric Utility Workforce

IREC launches a new website to share activities of the GEARED Initiative – Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment. As National Network Administrator of GEARED, IREC is helping facilitate and support efforts of the Distributed Technology Training Consortia (DTTC) created by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. The goal is to build a national framework for power systems training and curriculum that will grow the power engineering workforce.

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MREA’s Julie Brazeau: Bullish on Credentials and Quality Training

Between teaching and curriculum planning, Julie Brazeau, instructor development coordinator for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), sat down with IREC to talk about her work as a solar PV instructor and the importance of credible credentials. Here’s our conversation.

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Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks?

By Kristen Ferguson As in nature, so in life: everything, including us, is in a perpetual state of change. Accept that, and anything’s possible. For the past year, IREC has teamed up with the Weatherization Training Network’s Trainers Consortium for

Spring Into Action: Get Your Training Program in Top Shape

For clean energy education/training programs serious about earning the most recognized mark of quality in clean energy, comes a marathon-inspired training that makes preparation for the coveted IREC Credential a less daunting process. IREC’s new plan helps programs prepare to apply and strengthen their training programs gradually over 16 weeks. And it’s FREE.

Safety’s Role in Training: President’s New Goal 75,000 Solar Workers

Joe Sarubbi, project manager for the Solar Instructor Training Network, told Bloomberg BNA that safety training is an integral part of the courses, with specific training depending on how experienced students are with electrical and construction work and the jobs for which they are preparing.

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If They’re Hungry, They’ll Come: Solar Educators, Trainers & Industry Cement 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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President Announces Training 75,000 Solar Workers With Help of the SITN

President Barack Obama is expected to announce today a new goal to train 75,000 workers by 2020 for the growing solar energy industry, including military veterans.

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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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