For those of us who live on the east coast, this will go down as “The Winter to Remember.” Record snowfall. Flight delays. Winter storm namings. Solar, however, has been setting its own records from coast to coast.
Of the total employed workforce in California, 28 percent speak Spanish of whom half speak English with only limited proficiency. To expand employment opportunities for this large share of the population, Region 8 (California-Hawaii) SITN program launched a mini-grant program in the Fall of 2013 to fund PV Installation courses in Spanish at three colleges.
Salt Lake Community College’s solar training yard continues to grow, thanks in large part to very generous support received from the PV and electrical industry within the Salt Lake Valley. “We are extremely pleased with the support from local industry,” says Jennifer Saunders, Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Education at SLCC.
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) in Fairfield, ME. The workshop was a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, KVCC, and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).
When thinking about solar energy, the Sunshine State may come to mind as being one of the leading states for solar installations. In reality, Florida ranks only 28th in solar jobs per capita, but 14th in solar resource. In September 2012, the “Solar Photovoltaic System Design, Installation and Maintenance – Entry Level” program was started at Erwin Technical Center by solar instructor, Siggi Brocks, and electricity instructor, Harold Wilson.
Minnesota and Illinois will become centers of solar training in the Midwest this spring! Through relationships built by the Midwest Solar Training Network (MSTN), the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is partnering with Midwestern organizations to host two regional conferences: the Solar Powering Minnesota conference in St. Paul and the Solar Powering Illinois conference near Chicago.
Kansas may not be the first state you think of for solar training, but Derek Reilley, Renewable/Sustainable Energy Program Director at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas, may make you think differently. Colby Community College is a partnering training organization under the Rocky Mountain RTP. Derek is the project lead for CCC’s solar training program.
South-Central and California-Hawaii Regions Partner to Provide Enhanced Public PV Education at Solar Decathlon
The South-Central RTPs mobile solar trailer was on display at the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Members from the CA/HI RTP staffed the trailer and touted the benefits of PV systems to the public
IREC’s Solar Permitting Resources Used for Advanced PV System Design & Commissioning Training at SSTN
The Florida Solar Energy Center’s (FSEC) Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN) held a Principles of PV Systems Design and Commissioning workshop on September 24-26, 2013 for previously trained instructors. More than a dozen SSTN trainers from southeast regional community colleges and technical institutions attended the workshop. “Trainers represented educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee,” said Harrison. Of special value to workshop attendees were two IREC resources for solar permitting.
This useful reference guide details what you need to know about new legislation, certification requirements, permitting, reciprocity and incentive programs. The database also includes useful links to related documents and relevant organizations to help facilitate licensing requirements.