Up Front: The IREC Blog

Pour the Coffee… We have work to do!

The most direct measure of whether a training or educational program has market value is whether its graduates have the knowledge and skills required in the job market.  Yet, a recently released Gallup poll sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, indicates

Charting Our Course

IREC’s Solar Career Map features a dynamic, interactive interface – a 21st century tool that charts a course for promotion or advancement through growing opportunities in the modern solar industry. Chock full of valuable data about the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to perform 40 key solar jobs, the map also breathes life into these occupations, through the faces and stories behind this expanding universe.

Innovative Students Accelerate Electric Power System Engineering for Renewable Energy

So why did these innovative students choose power engineering? First-year Ph.D. student Jose Cordova explains: “With renewables, it’s even more important to integrate them into the grid . . . to help the environment and become more efficient. I want to make a difference, and working in the power grid means making a big impact.”

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The Micro Movement – Filling Big Shoes

When spring finally settled on New England earlier this year, I joined friends in a round of beer from a local micro-brewery. The pale ale with citrus and malt undertones was delicious and promised hints of summer. When the dog days of August hit, I devoured a honey-lavender ice cream cone at a local micro-creamery. Another gourmet delectable from a micro enterprise. Back at my desk, I follow the progress that micro grids have realized building resilient electric power infrastructures with clean energy distributed resources.

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Yes, Virginia, Weatherization DOES Work!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released preliminary findings from a peer-reviewed study about the efficacy of DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This multi-year study has long been in the works, but the initial release is in response to a June 2015 working paper from academics with the E2e Project, which erroneously posited that the federal WAP and other energy efficiency programs are not good investments.

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It’s Never Too Late!

Our supporters recognize the value of IREC’s unique work in the nation’s regulatory arenas and in quality workforce development. And they’re proud to sponsor our 3iAwards recognizing Innovation, Ingenuity and Insight. It isn’t too late to join them!

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Once a Mentor Always a Mentor!

In many ways, the attributes associated with raising a family are quite applicable to the SITN – with IREC as national administrator and the relationships between the Regional Training Providers (RTPs) and their partner institutions and instructor trainees. Today, solar programs all across the country are thriving and providing the industry with a talent pipeline.

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Valuing Customer-Sited Solar and Storage: is adding batteries worth it?

The concept of adding batteries alongside a utility customer’s solar array intrigues utility customers, solar developers and utility planners on several levels, but the underlying question for everyone is whether adding batteries is “worth it.”

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Competency as a Common Language

IREC and other leading thinkers in workforce and academic credentialing are re-shaping the U.S. credentialing framework to focus on and more clearly represent student learning. The Credentials Framework positions competency what the learner knows and is able to do – as a tool and ‘common language’ to compare and understand credentials.

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for North Carolina Solar

On May 15th, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued a long-awaited order adopting revisions to the state’s interconnection standards. The commission’s decision is interesting in a number of respects for both how it follows and how it bucks national trends in interconnection best practice development.

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