Kansas may not be the first state you think of for solar training, but Derek Reilley, Renewable/Sustainable Energy Program Director at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas, may make you think differently. Colby Community College is a partnering training organization under the Rocky Mountain RTP. Derek is the project lead for CCC’s solar training program.
In a far-reaching decision on November 21, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted significant modifications to the agency’s Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), which should facilitate a more efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators. IREC worked in both California and Hawaii on the development of this improved process and believes it will help maintain the efficiency of the interconnection process across the country.
The IREC Credentialing Program has released a new version of the IREC Candidate Handbook. In addition to content updates, the new Candidate Handbook also features a new format designed to contribute to ease of use and readability.
The South-Central RTPs mobile solar trailer was on display at the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Members from the CA/HI RTP staffed the trailer and touted the benefits of PV systems to the public
The Florida Solar Energy Center’s (FSEC) Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN) held a Principles of PV Systems Design and Commissioning workshop on September 24-26, 2013 for previously trained instructors. More than a dozen SSTN trainers from southeast regional community colleges and technical institutions attended the workshop. “Trainers represented educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee,” said Harrison. Of special value to workshop attendees were two IREC resources for solar permitting.
Earlier this summer, LATTC received IREC’s Training Provider accreditation for its PV and energy efficiency training programs. They were commended for the assessment system developed for their energy efficiency courses which uses rubrics for their instructors to assess all of the job task analysis (JTA) skills and knowledge that they adopted for use in their PV program.
This useful reference guide details what you need to know about new legislation, certification requirements, permitting, reciprocity and incentive programs. The database also includes useful links to related documents and relevant organizations to help facilitate licensing requirements.
Over 70 electrical inspectors and contractors gathered on October 17th at the Prairie Meadows Hotel near Des Moines to learn about inspecting solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Julie Brazeau, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), presented the six-hour training class developed by IREC and the International Electrical Inspector Association (IAEI).
Southern Mid-Atlantic solar instructors gathered in North Carolina’s capital for the College Collaborative Forum on Solar Program Development hosted by the North Carolina Solar Center. The camaraderie within the Solar Instructor Series was apparent. Fifteen instructors flew, drove, and carpooled to reunite with past participants and visit with old friends. Seven instructors joined the discussion online, allowing them to follow along and participate virtually.
The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center, officially opened on October 30th at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, features a variety of energy technologies that demonstrate methods for building homes, commercial buildings, and campuses that are friendlier to the electric grid.