Recognizing the acute shortage of solar educational resources, IREC assembled some of the best experts in the country on solar training, education and workforce development to create this compendium of best practices. Separately and collectively, these documents enable instructors to easily enhance current solar curriculum while providing a detailed roadmap for instructors who are considering adding solar to related trades curriculum.

Although created five years ago, these documents retain their value to significantly enhance the quality of solar education and training. They continue to give solar instructors the right tools for the job of training a highly skilled, globally competitive solar workforce for the 21st Century.

All seven best practices are web-based. Chapters 1-6 are also available as PDFs.


The Best Practices Series was written by leading experts in the solar industry and education fields, some as lead authors, others as contributors and/or reviewers. These subject matter experts devoted time and talent to develop the best possible instructional resources for solar education and training. The SITN and IREC are indebted to the following individuals for their expertise.

  • Ezra Auerbach, Former Executive Director, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
  • Jim Dunlop, Jim Dunlop Solar
  • Brain Hurd, Hands On Solar, Inc.
  • Christopher LaForge, Great Northern Solar
  • Andrea Luecke, Executive Director, The Solar Foundation
  • Dr. Barbara Martin, Educational Consultant, Former Professor
  • Doug Payne, Former Executive Director, SolarTech Consortium
  • Joe Sarubbi, Project Manager for IREC – National Administrator of the SITN
  • Dr. Jerry Ventre, Engineering and Education Consultant, Former Director, Photovoltaics and Distributed Generation Division, FSEC
  • Jane Weissman, President/CEO, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
  • Dr. Sarah White, Former Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy

IREC recognizes Christina Nichols, Contractor to the Solar Energy Technologies Program/SunShot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy, for her leadership and guidance, and to the U.S. Department of Energy for its confidence in IREC and for providing the resources to assemble such a talented group.

Additional Recognition:

  • Mary Lawrence, IREC Project Coordinator
  • Jane Pulaski, IREC Communications
  • Anita Saville, Technical Editing
  • Brownstone Graphics, Graphic Design

Acknowledgment: This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Program/SunShot Initiative, Award No. DE – EE0004137.

Disclaimer: This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement.


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