For those of us who live on the east coast, this will go down as “The Winter to Remember.” Record snowfall. Flight delays. Winter storm namings. Solar, however, has been setting its own records from coast to coast.
Of the total employed workforce in California, 28 percent speak Spanish of whom half speak English with only limited proficiency. To expand employment opportunities for this large share of the population, Region 8 (California-Hawaii) SITN program launched a mini-grant program in the Fall of 2013 to fund PV Installation courses in Spanish at three colleges.
Salt Lake Community College’s solar training yard continues to grow, thanks in large part to very generous support received from the PV and electrical industry within the Salt Lake Valley. “We are extremely pleased with the support from local industry,” says Jennifer Saunders, Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Education at SLCC.
The first of its kind offered in Maine, a workshop featuring code requirements for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems was held on January 21 at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Fairfield, ME. The workshop was a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, KVCC, and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).
When thinking about solar energy, the Sunshine State may come to mind as being one of the leading states for solar installations. In reality, Florida ranks only 28th in solar jobs per capita, but 14th in solar resource. In September 2012, the “Solar Photovoltaic System Design, Installation and Maintenance – Entry Level” program was started at Erwin Technical Center by solar instructor, Siggi Brocks, and electricity instructor, Harold Wilson.
Minnesota and Illinois will become centers of solar training in the Midwest this spring! Through relationships built by the Midwest Solar Training Network (MSTN), the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is partnering with Midwestern organizations to host two regional conferences: the Solar Powering Minnesota conference in St. Paul and the Solar Powering Illinois conference near Chicago.
IREC joined 20 other national business organizations yesterday to share plans to ensure students and workers have the knowledge and skills they need to work in the modern economy. Convened by ACT Foundation and the Business Roundtable, the newly formed National Network of Business and Industry Associations is coordinating cross-sector efforts to close the “skills gap.”
As Director of the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy (NME$A) and Center of Excellence for Green Building and Energy Efficiency at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), Amanda is professionally and personally committed to leaving the world a better place, and she’s doing it full time. Maybe more than full time.
Since renewable energy tax credits began trading in Pennsylvania in 2008, prices spiked before retreating into a long and stubborn decline. Then, sometime last fall, solar credits started gaining in value, more than tripling within a few months’ time.