Solar Instructor Training Network News

Quality Solar Training: What You Should Know About the RTPs

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.

Solar PV Training in Spanish from the CA/HI RTP Mini-Grant Program

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.

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SLCC Solar Training Yard Expands; Receives Cutting Edge Equipment Donations

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.

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Kennebec Valley Community College Holds Solar PV Workshop for Maine Code Officials

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).

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Florida #14 as a Solar Resource; #28 in Solar Jobs per Capita

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.

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Spring Solar Training in the Midwest: Homerun!

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.

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Solar Energy Training in Kansas, the Sunflower State

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.

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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

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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.

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Looking for State-by-State Solar Licensing Information? Use IREC’s Solar Licensing Database

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.

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