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New Toolkit to Help Local Governments with Solar Financing

In an effort to reduce solar soft costs and assist local governments and other public entities seeking to install and finance rooftop solar systems, IREC has developed a comprehensive toolkit on retail solar power purchase agreements (PPAs).

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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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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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Shared Solar Program Catalog

IREC tracks shared solar programs and projects that meet IREC’s definition of shared renewable energy within our Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs.  The spreadsheet may also be downloaded by clicking on the green Excel button beneath the table.

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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