As I write, there are many encouraging trends that point to continued growth and opportunity for the solar industry. The extension of the Investment Tax Credit, the historic Paris Agreement and the consistently impressive numbers from The Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census, all indicate that the force is very much with the solar industry. The growing excitement about a solar future is reflected in questions we’ve received from attendees on recent webinars IREC’s hosted about the Solar Career Map.
Along with the growing number of Americans exploring powering their homes from the sun, comes the need to help consumers through the complex process of going solar. Because there are many parts and intricacies of the transactions involved – some not so obvious and some difficult to grasp – the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) created a “Be Solar Smart Checklist,” which offers a step-by-step guide to simplify the complicated. It is part of a consumer tool trio including IREC’s Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights, the Solar Smart Consumer Checklist, and a Consumer Resources link list.
IREC announces its Call for Nominees for its 3iAwards – a prestigious annual national search for innovative people, projects and programs that promote and accelerate the sustainable growth of clean energy. The IREC 3iAwards honor innovation, ingenuity and inspiration from the nation’s best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency.
As IREC works on clean energy policy and workforce efforts in states across the country, we keep the consumer focus front and center, bringing an important independent voice to the table. And from this vantage point, we’ve identified some key consumer-oriented trends that we expect to garner heightened attention going forward.
Like a new Broadway hit, the debut of the Empire State’s ambitious regulatory initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), has garnered much fanfare and intrigue. And, rightly so, considering its lofty objectives to transform the energy sector in the state by integrating high volumes of distributed energy resources (DERs) into the electric system, among other goals.
IREC’s Shared Renewable Energy for Low- to Moderate-Income Consumers: Policy Guidelines and Model Provisions provides information and tools for policymakers, regulators, utilities, shared renewable energy developers, program administrators and others to support the adoption and implementation of shared renewables programs specifically designed to provide tangible benefits to LMI individuals and households.
IREC’s recently published micro-credential case study is designed to bring a new credentialing option to certified energy auditors in the U.S. who want to expand their home health assessment expertise and offer more comprehensive services in the residential sector.
Policymakers should ‘seek ways to accelerate adoption of DERs for everyone, including the poor’
How GEARED is training the next generation of power systems engineers in universities across the U.S. who are innovating to integrate large amounts of renewables onto the grid.
Leading energy companies in the solar market this week announced the formation of the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), the first-ever national trade association for community solar.