Just as we reach for mapping technologies when we’re on the road, there are many proven and emerging tools that applicants, utilities and regulators can use to improve transparency and access to grid data in the interconnection process.
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.
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?
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.