The nine Regional Training Providers (RTPs) in the Solar Instructor Training Network offer resources to select educational institutions in their regions. Resources include train-the-trainer workshops and, in many cases, training equipment and tools for instructors. These efforts target mostly full-time and part-time community college instructors within their regions, and provide resources that support and guide these “Instuctor Trainees” to develop quality solar training programs.
As National Administrator, IREC has worked hard to forge strong relationships with the RTPs and continues to provide leadership, guidance and instructional resources for the advancement of the solar education and training industry.
The RTPs collaborate to identify career pathways, share labor market data, and resolve issues related to solar training and workforce development. Using innovative approaches to training, including distance learning courses and mobile laboratory training modules, the RTPs sponsor instructor training in PV and/or solar heating and cooling technologies, and in some cases, assist in equipping the laboratories and facilities of local training providers.
The RTPs are doing their part to improve the solar education and training acumen of instructors across the country, and IREC is ensuring that these instructors have the necessary tools to develop effective solar programs.
States served in the Northeast Region: CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT
Northern Mid-Atlantic Solar Education and Resource Center at Pennsylvania State University
Dave Riley, Executive Director
States served in the Northern Mid-Atlantic Region: DE, NJ, PA, WV
States in the Southern Mid-Atlantic Region: DC, MD, NC, SC, VA,
States in the Southeast Region: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, MS, TN, Puerto Rico, USVI
Midwest Solar Training Network at Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Nick Hylla, Executive Director
States in the Midwest RTP: IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, OH, WI.
South Central Region
States in the South Central Region: AR, LA, MO, NM, OK, TX
Rocky Mountain Region
States in the Rocky Mountain Region: AZ, AK, CO, ID, KS, MT, NE, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
California/Hawaii Regional Training Provider
Partners: California Community College Chancellors Office
University of Hawaii System
Gerald Bernstein, Project Director