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.
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.
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.
At the recent SunShot Summit and Technology Forum, SITN’s Region 8 (California and Hawaii) team arranged for students to demonstrate a PV installation on a mock roof during the SunShot Solar Summit in Anaheim on May 20 and 21.
SUNY Canton’s CREST Receives IREC Training Program Accreditation; First Among HVCC Partner Organizations
SUNY Canton, a partner within the Northeast Region of the SITN, has become the first to become an IREC Accredited Training Provider for its solar thermal and PV programs . Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) is one of two northeast RTPs.
At the GridSTAR training facility at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, Delawre Tech/Terry students Josh Gorrell and Emily St. Clair, and Delaware Tech/Stanton students Gail Yborra and Fausto Arellano worked with solar experts Matt Fedorko, a Northern Mid-Atlantic solar education and resource center architectural engineering instructor from Penn State, and Jeremiah Jancik, an instructor of design and safe installation at Apollo Solar and Energy.
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).