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April 08, 2015

Hosted by IREC, the national administrator of SITN, and the California/Hawaii Regional Training Partnership, the day-long PV solar instructor summit provided the opportunity to learn about workforce needs from those hiring solar industry professionals, the types of skills in demand by PV installation companies, and innovative approaches for community colleges to keep PV training relevant.

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April 03, 2015

President Barack Obama is expected to announce today a new goal to train 75,000 workers by 2020 for the growing solar energy industry, including military veterans.

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March 24, 2015

St. Croix Regional Technical Center Building Trades Instructor Stan Sluzenski has worked with the Solar Instructor Training Network at KVCC for the past two years gaining skills in solar and ideas for how to incorporate it in his classes.

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March 22, 2015

Say you’re thinking about adding another story onto an old house. You probably wouldn’t want to start building without first having a structural engineer make some calculations to ensure the house could support the addition. Now keep that image in mind as you consider interconnection policy as one of the main load-bearing walls in our solar market “house.” If not properly designed to match the growing market conditions, state interconnection policies may cause the house to come crashing down…or at least cause some major cracks to form.

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March 21, 2015

As more and more PV systems are being installed, the need to educate first responders is critical. Hosted by the Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN), the morning session was designed to assist trainers in developing courses for first responders and firefighters. The workshop was developed and coordinated with help from the University of Central Florida Building and Fire Code office. Renowned solar trainer and educator, Jim Dunlop, conducted the training.

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March 19, 2015

By Truckee Meadows Community College At the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Lake Tahoe, Reno is home to the solar energetic Truckee Meadows Community College. State-of-the-art curriculum developed by national experts, together with a growing need for technicians

March 11, 2015

As the percentage of electricity generated from renewable energy sources continues to grow in the U.S., particularly from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, technologies that can facilitate increased deployment of renewable energy, such as distributed energy storage, are front and center in state and national discussions. A report released today by IREC offers independent insight on how to address these new challenges – and opportunities – in the regulatory arena.

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February 25, 2015

a workshop on microgrid systems and power electronics for low energy buildings brings together renewable energy systems and their integration into electricity grids and buildings. The workshop, sponsored by GEARED DTTC, Mid-America Microgrid Education and Training Consortium (MARMET), the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society Emerging Technologies Technical Committee, follows from a focused workshop held in 2014 at the Applied Power Electronics Conference.

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February 19, 2015

SolPowerPeople’s mobile brick-and-mortar solar lab brings hands-on, PV training to you, anywhere, anytime. Since 2010, SolPowerPeople has offered quality solar training and education in PV systems design, installation, operations and management to more than 3,000 people from 90 countries.

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February 17, 2015

Today, February 13, 2015, is graduation day for the first group of veterans in a Solar PV Training pilot program specifically for veterans, from the SunShot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy.

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