Over the past decade, IREC has worked with dozens of states across the country to facilitate and support the adoption of fundamental regulatory policy reforms that maintain the safety and reliability of the electric grid, while also allowing for fair, affordable and efficient consumer access to renewable energy.
More and more managers are reporting that it’s hard to find qualified applicants. The difficulty in finding qualified hires shows the need for increased supply of trained workers. That means expanding solar skills training programs and credentialing, two topics the nonprofit Interstate Renewable Energy Council has been working on for decades.
IREC’s Solar Career Map charts a course for promotion or advancement through the modern solar industry. 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.
Designed to demonstrate the breadth of the industry and its critical occupations, as well as the necessity for integrated solar training in a variety of related fields, the Solar Career Map emerged from a simple vision: high-quality work and high-quality jobs are critical to building a robust, high-quality solar industry.
While the full impact of the Paris Agreement won’t be known for years, it is by every measure a most monumental accomplishment. With the new year upon us, IREC’s hope is that debate is now no longer part of climate change. Action is.
While the full impact of the Paris Accord won’t be known for years, it is by every measure a most monumental accomplishment. With the new year upon us, IREC’s hope is that debate is now no longer part of climate change. Action is.
Sky Stanfield, attorney for IREC, laid out six foundational regulatory policies for deploying large amounts of renewable energy on the grid at Renewable Energy World North America and PowerGenWeek recently.
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.