Recently, IREC’s Laure-Jeanne Davignon and Fire Captain Matthew Paiss, San Jose FD (IAFF Local 230) spoke with Solar Wakeup’s Frank Andorka about Solar PV Safety for Fire Fighters for the United States of Solar podcast series.
“We’d like solar professionals to put our consumer checklist directly into consumers’ hands, make it part of their marketing and sales efforts,” said IREC President/CEO Larry Sherwood at Solar Power International 2016. Three IREC consumer resources include the #BeSolarSmart checklist, Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights and online resources list.
“We don’t want fire fighters’ first introduction to solar PV to be in an emergency situation,” says Laure-Jeanne Davignon, IREC’s director of workforce and credentialing. IREC’s new, cutting edge, online training course for fire fighters is a self-paced, video-based training that offers real-world simulations to keep fire fighters safe and confident around solar PV systems. Some 475 users have begun the training since its June launch.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.