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November 24, 2015

Last week, I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the White House as part of a day-long National Community Solar Summit. The Summit – hosted and coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with the White House – drew more than 100 stakeholders, representing utilities, non-profits, the solar industry, state agencies, local and regional advocates, federal agencies, legislators, regulators, financial institutions and consultants.

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November 20, 2015

New report from the National Network of Business and Industry Associations highlights 15 real-life models, providing a blueprint to help companies implement similar strategies that improve workforce recruitment, training and advancement. IREC is a member of the National Network, representing the clean energy sector.

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November 10, 2015

To play our part in appreciating our service members, last year the Department of Energy launched the Solar Ready Vets pilot program to provide veterans transitioning out of the military and into civilian life with the skills they need to enter the rapidly growing solar industry.

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November 09, 2015

When I was 17, I decided to join the U.S. Army. As the eldest son of a veteran, the decision was easy. My father served and I wanted to live up to that calling too. I joined as an Army Reservist, where I would report for duty one weekend a month and train for two weeks out of the year. It was a small price to pay for the benefits that serving brought me.

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November 08, 2015

IREC is seeking applicants for a Workforce Development and Training Field Coordinator. Through a statewide network of training providers, NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, supports a variety of clean energy workforce development (WFD) and training

November 06, 2015

The new solar career map includes a video series – five short videos incorporating interviews with 18 solar professionals about what they see and do and teach in the industry, organized around five key themes.

November 01, 2015

Rumor has it that “green” jobs have faded into the sunset.  After all, enrollment for some renewable energy training is down and new topics are nudging “green” off the hit parade list.  But wait, not so fast.  Don’t believe the

November 01, 2015

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.

October 30, 2015

What a difference five years makes. Since 2010, the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) has become the benchmark for building a highly qualified, well-trained solar workforce. Thanks to the vision and support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, this cohesive network of nine Regional Training Providers (RTPs), IREC and DOE championed vitally relevant issues in workforce development and solar training and education.

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October 08, 2015

Under the continued leadership of IREC Regulatory Director Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC will be represented in state and federal regulatory matters by current key regulatory team members Sky Stanfield and Erica McConnell, both of whom moved this week from the law firm of Keyes, Fox and Wiedman, LLP, to the environmental, land use and government law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP.


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