Between teaching and curriculum planning, Julie Brazeau, instructor development coordinator for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), sat down with IREC to talk about her work as a solar PV instructor and the importance of credible credentials. Here’s our conversation.
By Kristen Ferguson As in nature, so in life: everything, including us, is in a perpetual state of change. Once we accept that, anything’s possible. For the past year, IREC has teamed up with the Weatherization Training Network’s Trainers Consortium…
For clean energy education/training programs serious about earning the most recognized mark of quality in clean energy, comes a marathon-inspired training that makes preparation for the coveted IREC Credential a less daunting process. IREC’s new plan helps programs prepare to apply and strengthen their training programs gradually over 16 weeks. And it’s FREE.
In an effort to reduce solar soft costs and assist local governments and other public entities seeking to install and finance rooftop solar systems, IREC has developed a comprehensive toolkit on retail solar power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Joe Sarubbi, project manager for the Solar Instructor Training Network, told Bloomberg BNA that safety training is an integral part of the courses, with specific training depending on how experienced students are with electrical and construction work and the jobs for which they are preparing.
Hosted by IREC, the national administrator of SITN, and the California/Hawaii Regional Training Partnership, the day-long PV solar instructor summit provided the opportunity to learn about workforce needs from those hiring solar industry professionals, the types of skills in demand by PV installation companies, and innovative approaches for community colleges to keep PV training relevant.
President Barack Obama is expected to announce today a new goal to train 75,000 workers by 2020 for the growing solar energy industry, including military veterans.
St. Croix Regional Technical Center Building Trades Instructor Stan Sluzenski has worked with the Solar Instructor Training Network at KVCC for the past two years gaining skills in solar and ideas for how to incorporate it in his classes.
Say you’re thinking about adding another story onto an old house. You probably wouldn’t want to start building without first having a structural engineer make some calculations to ensure the house could support the addition. Now keep that image in mind as you consider interconnection policy as one of the main load-bearing walls in our solar market “house.” If not properly designed to match the growing market conditions, state interconnection policies may cause the house to come crashing down…or at least cause some major cracks to form.
IREC tracks shared solar programs and projects that meet IREC’s definition of shared renewable energy within our Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs. The spreadsheet may also be downloaded by clicking on the green Excel button beneath the table.…