IREC’s President/CEO Larry Sherwood and SEIA’s Amir Yazdi talk about consumer protection at SPI

It’s a wrap! Our annual 30-minute insight sessions at SPI 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center at our two-day 3iForum were well attended, starting with a joint session from IREC’s President/CEO Larry Sherwood and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Amir Yazdi talking about each of their organization’s consumer protection initiatives, and ending with honoring our 2016 3iAwards winners.

Details about each session follow. Presentations available soon.

Tuesday, September 13

Help Build Consumer Confidence: Empower Customers with Knowledge
New tools you can put in your customers’ hands, new insights and new approaches to support consumer understanding of the solar installation and connection process. Help them feel protected and confident moving into today’s distributed energy environment. Larry Sherwood, President/CEO, IREC and Amir Yazdi, SEIA

Cracking the Nut: Multi-tenant Units [PDF]
More developers are seeking ways to accommodate rooftop solar on multi-tenant units. How efforts in California and other states to tap into this valuable market, address the barriers, and serve more customers.  Sara Baldwin Auck, Regulatory Director, IREC

Fire Fighters and Code Officials Get New PV Training [PDF]
Code officials, the fire service and other ‘allied’ professions are now encountering PV technology more frequently. Details about what these professionals are learning about solar, and how this supports your business growth. Consumer confidence = continued growth of the PV industry. Laure-Jeanne Davignon, Director Workforce/Credentialing, IREC

Connecting to the Grid – Making it Easy [PDF]
Key components of good interconnection procedures, why they matter to market growth, and how to streamline and simplify the process of connecting to the grid without compromising safety and reliability. Sara Baldwin Auck, Regulatory Director, IREC

Shared Renewable Energy for Low to-Moderate Income Consumers [PDF] explore the opportunities, challenges and proven policy solutions to unlocking low-income access to solar. Sara Baldwin Auck, Regulatory Director, IREC

What Keeps Electric Utility HR Managers Awake at Night? (no presentation)
This session was geared for anyone looking at hiring new engineers interested in developing new talent for the future grid and/or creating human resource infrastructure for retaining existing professional staff. This includes those tasked with the hiring needs of their respective company, both the technical operation and planning, as well as HR staff. Joseph Sarubbi, IREC’s project director for GEARED (Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment), Electric Power Research Institute’s Tom Reddoch, and Southern California Edison’s Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, Phil Matthews, shared information about recruiting and retaining the next generation of power system engineers.


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