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Solar Instructor Community of Practice: A New Interactive Model

How can solar instructors openly share best practices and engage in ongoing conversations aimed at making solar training and instruction the best it can be? Tim Wilhelm, professor and program coordinator Electrical Technology, Renewable Energy Program at Kankakee Community College (KCC), proposed the concept to the National Science Foundation, resulting in an NSF grant to develop the solar instructor of community practice.

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NW Washington Electrical Apprentices Gain Solar Skills

Apprentices at the Northwest Washington Electrical Industry J.A.T.C (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee) are gaining new skills installing solar photovoltaic systems, thanks in part to materials and equipment purchased under the Rocky Mountain Solar Training Provider (RMSTP) Solar Instructor Training Network grant.

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Is Adding Solar Batteries Worth it?

A landmark report from Clean Power Research for IREC proposes a methodology for the value of solar PV+energy storage that could be used in any location.

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COUNTDOWN: Deadline Nears for IREC’s National 3iAwards

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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New! An Easier Way to Manage your IREC Credentials

Say hello to IREC Direct (powered by Salesforce), designed to offer more intuitive and reliable functionality for you to track and maintain your IREC credentials.

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for North Carolina Solar

On May 15th, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued a long-awaited order adopting revisions to the state’s interconnection standards. The commission’s decision is interesting in a number of respects for both how it follows and how it bucks national trends in interconnection best practice development.

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The National Sustainable Structures Center: Strengthening a Skilled Credentialed Workforce

The National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT), one of the top building science training centers in the U.S., is the first in the Commonwwealth to offer IREC-accredited training in all four of the Home Energy Professional programs.

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IREC Shares Credentialing Best Practices in the Big Easy

Having a booth at ACI’s annual conference recently provided the perfect opportunity for IREC staff to meet face-to-face with many IREC credential holders and learn about new practices they have developed to further increase the quality of their workforce training initiatives.

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Say Hello to the New Power Engineering Workforce

The FEEDER 2015 Summer Power Experiences Program at the University of Kentucky hosted 21 graduate and undergraduate engineering students from the FEEDER consortium of universities for five days touring 10 power and energy-oriented facilities across the southeast.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Training

Recently, I somewhat cavalierly confessed that I didn’t always recognize the need to improve as a trainer. Did I really believe I couldn’t learn new things?

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