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.
The National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT), one of the top building science training centers in the U.S., is the first in the Commonwwealth to offer IREC-accredited training in all four of the Home Energy Professional programs.
Trying to fit today’s realities into an old mold doesn’t work for the electric grid business. There is a need to understand and act upon a changing marketplace, as new technologies, grid and bottom-line benefits of distributed resources, and customer participation and expectations are prompting shifting tides. The solar industry can’t ride on past ways when market penetration is climbing, bumping into business models and rate designs. Pillar policies need to be looked at with a critical eye. That doesn’t mean throwing them out, but it does mean a collective, rational review can hopefully accommodate a transformational market.
June 13, 2014 – The IREC Credentialing Program has released a new version of the IREC Candidate Handbook. The Candidate Handbook serves as a primary resource for those who are applying for or have been awarded an IREC credential. As…
The need to have a strong connection between business and education is everywhere. The success of building a workforce for clean energy and other sustainable technologies depends on it. Recently, I’ve been learning about the growing field of education and training for water management and technologies.
When you start a presentation or a report with terms that mean different things to different people, chances are you’re not going to be successful in getting your point across. While making sure we use clearly defined and understandable terms seems intuitive, it doesn’t always happen. The clean energy community has a way to go to make sure we’re all talking the same language. But, there are good moves on the horizon.
The value of credentialing for the clean energy sector is best understood when the individual credentialing elements are recognized as a synergistic system. Individual groups develop standards, guidelines, job task analyses, certifications and assessment schemes, but the strength and value of credentialing is in the system.
I often wonder if the many projections made for a new year are accurate when looked at 12 months later. As one year ends, I try to remember to check to see how good the predictions were, but I always forget to go back and compare projections to reality. Of course forecasting the future is never an exact science, but the IREC Team took time for a reasoned preview at what’s on our 2014 plate. We have our 2013 work as a pretty good base for our predictions for the year ahead. So here goes.
This is not a promo piece for the Solar Power International Conference. But, it does tell you why we’re going to the conference and what we hope to accomplish during the week of October 21 in Chicago.