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SITN-Trained Graduates Working in the Solar Industry

Students at St. Philip’s Community College in San Antonio, Texas and a partnering organization with the South Central Regional Training Provider (SC RTP) at Houston Community College, are finding work in the local solar industry.

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Hudson Valley CC Offers Course on NEC Code Changes & Fire Safety Issues for PV Systems

By Nick Buono Hudson Valley Community College Earlier this summer, Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC), a northeast Regional Training Provider in the Solar Instructor Training Network, offered a three-day comprehensive course on the 2014 National Electric Code and fire safety issues

Midwest Renewable Energy Fair Celebrates 25 Years!

It was birthday #25 for the Midwest Annual Energy Fair. A workshop for MSTN instructors in the partnership focused on progress and activities of the partnership. IREC’s Joe Sarubbi and Dr. Sarah White showed up and shared remarks about the SITN.

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NC Clean Energy Technology Center Helps Fund Mobile PV Training Lab for NC College

Using small grant funding from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (formerly the NC Solar Center) to help community colleges establish or enhance its solar curriculum, the College of the Albemarle (COA) was able to equip the mobile PV training laboratory with tools to demonstrate solar power. Aside from using the mobile lab for classroom activities, the COA is able to take it on the road to showcase the power of the sun at several different events and locations.

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SITN Schools Leverage National Science Foundation Grant for Additional Solar Training

Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Madison, Wisconsin, and Solar Energy International (SEI), recently held an Advanced Solar Electric Academy for community college and high school instructors from across the United States and Guam at SEI’s training facility in Paonia, Colorado. The training was funded through MATC’s National Science Foundation grant. Eight of the 14 colleges are part of the Department of Energy’s Solar Instructor Training Network.

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Experiential Education in Action at Mid-Maine Technical Center

Instructor Keven Vachon is embracing the meaning of experiential education at Mid-Maine Technical Center, a technical high school in Waterville, Maine. Using knowledge he gained from training from Kennebec Valley Community College, a northeast Regional Training Provider in the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), Mr. Vachon taught his electrical technology students about solar by having them install a PV system on the school’s roof.

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PSU Immersive Internship Program Offers Hands-On & In-Class Solar Training

The Penn State University Northern Mid-Atlantic Solar Education and Resource Center (NMASERC) just completed offering the Immersive Leadership Experience Internship program in conjunction with the GridSTAR Center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The 12-week program included a solar PV design and construction course component led by Matt Fedorko of PSU and Kevin Wright of UMC Solar.

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August 2014 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF AUGUST 2014?   Note from the Editor The Proof of the Interconnection Reform is in the…Data Interconnection reform is the hottest new dish on the regulatory menu. Discussions are currently ongoing in Illinois and North Carolina, following

NC Workshop on Planning, Regulating, Permitting & Inspection Helps Local Governments

More than 50 local government officials attended a free, day-long workshop in Mooresville, North Carolina on July 30, and learned about solar zoning codes and ways to improve their solar permitting processes. The Centralina Council of Governments hosted the workshop.

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Calling all Clean Energy Training Providers: Get Listed in IREC Directory

Did you know IREC provides a searchable online Clean Energy Training Directory, accessed by students, employers and other stakeholders across the industry? The directory listings are populated and maintained by each training organization listed. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to have ALL your clean energy content (not just accredited courses) listed.

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