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Helping Consumers #BeSolarSmart

The outlook is sunny. The facts are clear. But still, consumers can be left in the dark. Earlier this year, the U.S. hit a significant solar milestone: one million individual solar installations on homes and businesses. Last year, the solar industry created jobs at a rate 12-times higher than the overall economy. While impressive, energy consumers in many regions of the country don’t need to read these statistics to be convinced of a solar boom.

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New Interactive Video-Based Online Solar Training for Fire Fighters

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and IREC partnered to create an online training course that is far beyond the PowerPoint click-and-view model. The self-paced online course, “Solar PV Safety for Fire Fighters,” features rich video content and simulated environments so fire fighters can practice the knowledge they’ve learned.

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Valuable Policy Tool: Shared Renewables Guidelines & Model Rules for LMI Consumers

As more Americans gain access to affordable renewable energy, and as more ‘shared’ and ‘community’ solar programs crop up across the country, states are asking the question: how can we bring shared renewable energy opportunities to our low and moderate income (LMI) households?

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Consumer Reports Magazine Cites IREC #BeSolarSmart Checklist

Maybe you’ve seen ads for solar deals or you’ve seen solar panels pop up on rooftops around the neighborhood. You may be wondering, is a solar system right for me? Can it save me money?

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Help Consumers Get the Most From Their Solar Investment! #BeSolarSmart

IREC’s trio of consumer protection tools promote safeguards for buyers, government agencies, industry, retailers and others in the solar market and help consumers understand and protect their solar investments.

IREC’s Updated Solar Career Map Describes Jobs and Training To Do Them Well

Solar offers an exciting range of opportunities for new and incumbent workers, and now there is an updated tool to help you share with students and other stakeholders more about this rapidly advancing and changing industry.

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IREC’s Solar Career Map: Beyond the Rooftop Installer       

IREC’s Solar Career Map is a dynamic 21st century tool that charts a course for promotion or advancement through growing opportunities in the modern solar industry.

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Finding Clean Energy Training Providers

IREC provides a searchable online Clean Energy Training Directory, accessed by students, employers and other stakeholders across the industry. This directory lists all clean energy training programs that opt in, including both IREC Accredited Clean Energy Providers and those which are not.

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6 Foundational Policies to Integrate Renewables on the Grid

So what happens when the sun doesn’t shine and a breeze doesn’t blow? Because renewable resources like solar and wind offer only intermittent access, storage technologies are front and center in multiple issues that will determine what our clean energy future will look like.

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The Faces and Stories of Today’s Solar Workforce

With the solar industry adding jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy, just about the only certainty is change. IREC’s Solar Career Map features a dynamic, interactive interface – a 21st century tool that charts a course for promotion or advancement through growing opportunities in the modern solar industry.

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