While perhaps lower on the radar screen from some other clean energy policy issues, hosting capacity analysis certainly warrants the full attention of stakeholders, policymakers and regulators working to transform the electricity grid. As a national organization that works state-by-state on these important issues, IREC observes that hosting capacity analyses are building blocks with which the grid of the future will be built.
Three interlocking blocks of a Jenga-like tower that is the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) docket moved last week with the issuance of three Commission Orders.
The U.S. solar market continues its dazzling story, shattering all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records. 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 new Five Guiding Principles for Shared Renewable Energy reflect the benefits of shared renewable energy programs to participants, the renewable energy industry, utilities and all energy consumers.
Among the many rules governing the electricity grid, there are innumerable timelines, deadlines and enforcement mechanisms in place to ensure the grid keeps humming along, providing safe and reliable electricity to the masses. Yet the surge of requests to connect new distributed energy resources to the grid and the resulting queue backlogs have revealed that states may be falling short when it comes to enforcing relevant timelines and deadlines for interconnection.
IREC and the International Association of Fire Fighters have teamed up to create online, interactive solar PV training for fire service professionals. Support for this training comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. Designed by experts from the solar…
“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?