With the COP21 climate change conference on center stage these next few weeks, it takes a good dose of optimism that collective gains will be made for the mutual benefit of people, places and the planet. But even with a promising agenda and the might of world leaders, you’ve got to wonder how many times do you hit the same brick wall before you say stop; side step it; and move onto a course that doesn’t get stuck in an unchanged, déjà vu debate.
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.
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.
State policies are creating many laboratories for solar, but some federal leadership is still required. Today, states and local governments are defining the future of the solar sector. It’s not surprising, considering solar represented 32% of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2014 – second only to natural gas – and considering 20 states are now home to more than 100 MW of installed solar PV capacity.
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.
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.
Trainers need a way to express their professional qualifications in today’s digital world. Digital badges and credentials are used worldwide to show validated accomplishments. IREC recently created a new application for this technology, launching a digital credentialing initiative for our certified clean energy instructors and master trainers.
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…
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.
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…