September 2012
The IREC Report


from the editor...
Jane Pulaski




Just a week away, IREC's Annual Meeting in Orlando is a one-day whirlwind of insight, information and inspiration, Monday, September 10th


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The program brings IREC's own nationally-recognized expertstogether with IREC partners like Paula Mints, Navigant Consulting, and Vote Solar's Adam Browning to offer perspective on the past year and spirited look at what's ahead.


Expect a lively, interactive format as the IREC team updates us on the most pressing issues that affect state and local governments, including rapidly changing trends in national policies and incentives, and the dynamic regulatory landscape. Hear how despite some high-profile negative news stories about solar in 2011, solar markets continue to boom in the U.S. And IREC's credentialing team will  focus on the value of the IREC credential for training programs and trainers in both the renewable energy and energy efficiency space.  


You'll hear how the Solar Instructor Training Network is training today's solar instructors to build a globally competitive solar energy workforce in the U.S. Learn how innovative strategies being implemented across the United States help increase the efficiency of permitting procedures for rooftop solar systems. And we'll walk through the new interactive web version of Freeing the Grid, the renowned national policy guide that grades all 50 states on net metering and interconnection.   

We'll honor the 2012 IREC Innovation and Special Recognition Awards winners, individuals and organizations responsible for inspirational work that makes a difference in our lives, increasing the understanding and use of renewable energy in our neighborhoods and communities.   


If you haven't registered yet, there's still time, and there's still room for you. IREC's Annual Meeting has become so much more than a gathering of friends and colleagues. For our 30th birthday, experience a full day  maximized with engaging experts and thought leaders in an energy-enhanced environment. Won't you join us?  

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Industry expert, Paula Mints, Director/Energy, Navigant Consulting, will open the meeting.  Adam Browning, Executive Director and co-founder of the Vote Solar Initiative, will close out the day.  Other presenters include:
  • Jane Weissman, IREC, on IREC from 30K feet
  • Joe Wiedman, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP, on regulatory updates
  • Amanda Vanega, DSIRE, on policy and incentive trends
  • Larry Sherwood, Sherwood Associates, on the 2011 U.S. Solar Market Trends Report (August release date)
  • Pat Fox, IREC, on IREC's Credentialing Program
  • Joe Sarubbi, IREC, on the Solar Instructor Training Network
  • Andrea Luecke, The Solar Foundation, on their 2012 Solar Job Census
  • Laurel Varnado, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP, on the new Freeing the Grid
As always, we'll recognize our 2012 Innovation and Special Recognition  awardees.


The latest news from our friends at DSIRE
Connecting to the Grid
by Laurel Varnado

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Direct Transfer Trips: A Primer


A lot is required of policymakers these days - in order to get policies right they often need to understand the basics of science and technology, sociology and economics, legal terminology and a host of other issues that can affect policy decisions. As a result, they often rely on experts like Michael Sheehan, who participates in state commission proceedings on behalf of IREC, helping policymakers understand how engineering principles should be incorporated into interconnection policy decisions. I recently had a chance to ask him about Direct Transfer Trips (DTT or Transfer Trip), a technical term I'd heard often but didn't really know much about.  MORE

IREC Credentialing Program  

by Tricia King    



With the continuing evolvement of licensing requirements for photovoltaic and solar thermal installers, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides a database of specific state-by-state licensing information.  This valuable resource for policy makers, practitioners, consumers, and anyone else looking for solar licensing information in the United States, inventories the licensing requirements to become a solar thermal or photovoltaic installer.  MORE



Solar Instructor Training Network

by Joe Sarubbi


Joe Sarubbi KVCC awarded $1M grant for solar energy training program  


Kennebec Valley Community College was recently awarded a $1 million federal grant that will, over the next two years, fund the training of solar electric instructors across the state.

"This is a training the trainer program," said Dana Doran, director of the college's energy programs.  MORE

Small Wind News 
by Larry Sherwood
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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently published 30-meter height, high-resolution wind resource maps for the U.S., including all 50 states.


Wind resource maps are now available on the DOE's Wind Powering America website for small (30-meter height), community (50 meters), utility-scale land-based (80 meters), and utility-scale offshore (90 meters) wind power assessments. The 30-meter height maps were made available in collaboration with AWS Truepower.  MORE

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From IREC's highly anticipated annual report, U.S. Solar Market Trends Report 2011, report author, Larry Sherwood extracts the report's top five highlights.  


Now in its fifth year, this annual report compiles and analyzes public data on U.S. solar installations by technology, state and market sector for 2011.   It covers solar technologies that produce electricity, including photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP).  In this webinar you'll have the opportunity to hear directly from the report's author, Larry Sherwood.  There will be ample time for Q&A.  Register for the webinar.


Beginning in September, the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership will present 11 regional workshops designed to provide actionable information on overcoming local-level barriers to solar, addressing soft costs, and implementing a successful local solar program.  From Dubuque, Iowa to Kansas City, Missouri, areas of focus will include:  1) revising zoning codes and ordinances to allow for solar; 2) streamlining permitting processes to facilitate solar installations; 3) financing solar projects; and 4) installing solar on municipal and other community facilities. Case study examples will highlight successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas.  Find out where the workshops are.  


Local governments are becoming an increasingly crucial part of solar's success story. Unfortunately, a recent focus on
an international solar trade dispute and federal support for Solyndra, a bankrupt solar company, may have many 
wondering if solar technology is worth supporting. This issue brief provides readers with an up-to-date assessment of
the state of the solar industry and of the policies supporting it, and connects readers to resources they can use to
promote a healthy local solar market. 
In November,
IREC brings you
 84 presenters 
over 3 days
low res  From Nov. 13-15, the nation's most innovative clean energy educators will offer the latest information and insight on instructional strategies, curricula development, credentialing and best training practices.
 Happy Birthday, IREC
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We're celebrating 30 years of vision and wisdom
Sunday, September 9, 2012
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6:30-8:30 pm
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