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Jane Weissman Steps Down as IREC President/CEO

Jane Weissman will step down as IREC president and CEO on June 30, after leading the national non-for-profit since 1994. The IREC Board of Directors has appointed Larry Sherwood, currently IREC vice president and COO, to take over the organization’s leadership position.

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DOE Awards IREC $2.2M for Solar Training of Allied Professionals

IREC has received funding under DOE’s SunShot Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program to coordinate outreach and develop solar training resources designed to target 100,000 professionals in the building code, inspection and firefighting sectors. At the end of the two-year project, IREC aims to deliver direct training to 10,000 individuals.

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Minnesota: Detailed Interconnection Proposal Now In Hand

Yesterday (May 12, 2016), IREC joined Fresh Energy and the Environmental Law & Policy Center to file a joint motion with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which includes a proposal that would help the state implement interconnection changes based on a compilation of best practices and lessons learned from other states. If implemented, the changes would allow for fair, expedited interconnection of clean renewable energy for more Minnesota consumers – while ensuring the safety and reliability of the distribution grid.

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Maine Code Officials

Kennebec Valley Community College holds ‘Solar PV Workshop for Maine Code Officials’ in January. The first-of-its-kind offered in Maine, a workshop featuring code requirements for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, was held on January 21 at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC)

IREC Applauds Funding Focus on National Industry Partnerships to Close Skills Gap

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of final round funding under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. This installment of four significant investments to help build the capacity of the American

A Better Understanding of Solar Jobs

As I write, there are many encouraging trends that point to continued growth and opportunity for the solar industry. The extension of the Investment Tax Credit, the historic Paris Agreement and the consistently impressive numbers from The Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census, all indicate that the force is very much with the solar industry. The growing excitement about a solar future is reflected in questions we’ve received from attendees on recent webinars IREC’s hosted about the Solar Career Map.

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New “Be Solar Smart” Consumer Tools Promote Safe Installation and Fair Deal

Along with the growing number of Americans exploring powering their homes from the sun, comes the need to help consumers through the complex process of going solar. Because there are many parts and intricacies of the transactions involved – some not so obvious and some difficult to grasp – the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) created a “Be Solar Smart Checklist,” which offers a step-by-step guide to simplify the complicated. It is part of a consumer tool trio including IREC’s Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights, the Solar Smart Consumer Checklist, and a Consumer Resources link list.

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IREC Opens 3iAwards Annual Search to Recognize Best in Nation: Innovation. Ingenuity. Inspiration.

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

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What’s Trending: Consumer Tools, Transparency and the Modern Grid

As IREC works on clean energy policy and workforce efforts in states across the country, we keep the consumer focus front and center, bringing an important independent voice to the table. And from this vantage point, we’ve identified some key consumer-oriented trends that we expect to garner heightened attention going forward.

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New York Takes First Steps to Update Interconnection for a Distributed Resources Future

Like a new Broadway hit, the debut of the Empire State’s ambitious regulatory initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), has garnered much fanfare and intrigue. And, rightly so, considering its lofty objectives to transform the energy sector in the state by integrating high volumes of distributed energy resources (DERs) into the electric system, among other goals.

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