Solar Instructor Training Network News

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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Have Solar Training Will Travel: KVCC’s Mobile Solar Lab Hits the Road

If you find yourself traveling the highways of the Northeast this spring and summer, don’t be surprised if you see a brightly decorated silver van and trailer with logos and photographs advertising Kenebec Valley Community College’s (KVCC) renewable energy training program. The van and trailer are packed full of the equipment needed for solar PV hands-on training. The goal is to assist regional solar training by providing instructional support and training equipment where it is needed.

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New Electrical Inspection Videos from Northern Mid-Atlantic RTP

The Northern Mid-Atlantic RTP has produced two new video series, Solar Operations/Maintenance and Inspection of Solar Arrays. The videos were filmed on location in Milesburg, PA, and hosted by Kevin Wright, United Management Consultants, who also performed all of the actual electrical inspections of the array as it was being constructed.

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Rocky Mountain RTP Trainee Recognized as Solar Champion by President Obama

Congratulations to Henry Red Cloud, a partnering instructor through the SITN, as he was awarded by President Obama as a Solar Champion on April 17 at a White House ceremony. Henry is part of the Rocky Mountain Region and participated in training through Solar Energy International in 2012.

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