October 2012
The IREC Report


from the editor...
Jane Pulaski



In the Rearview Mirror and Up Ahead


Across industries, government, academia and public interests, people come to IREC's Annual Meeting for two reasons:  1) they come for the intelligently researched, fact-based content on pressing clean energy issues; and 2) they come to reconnect with colleagues and friends.  What they leave with is a wealth of new information, thought provoking insight from a variety of experts, and a stronger vision of next steps toward our clean energy future and a quality trained workforce to sustain it.


From the Orlando meeting, IREC released its annual  Updates & Trends Report, which details the dynamic renewable energy environment, including growing and changing markets, increased quality demands by consumers, and regulatory achievements in the clean energy space.   We also recognized our 2012 Innovation and Special Recognition winners, those organizations and individuals who advance the understanding and use of clean energy in our communities. Congratulations to all. 


If you were unable to join us, you can see the 2012 awardees and the meeting presentations on IREC's website.  Thanks again to our very generous Annual Meeting sponsors.  And a special thank you to all of our partners, supporters and friends for making IREC's 30th birthday an occasion to celebrate.  Pictures from the birthday party are on IREC's Facebook page.


Just yesterday, IREC and the DOE announced a groundbreaking PV Online Training opportunity for Code Officials (PVOT).  The dynamic new training program can quickly and cost-effectively reach a far greater number of code officials than has been possible with traditional onsite workshops and seminars. This helps solve a critically important obstacle to timely, cost-effective PV installations, as municipal code officials in charge of permitting and inspections are often unfamiliar with what to look for in a quality installation.


PVOT includes seven online modules.  The first six are traditional linear training modules with 2D media and narrated video, followed by an assessment quiz. The seventh module, the 'capstone' game-based module, offers a virtual house with problem-based challenges and scoring. This 3D game-based framework provides an interactive environment where users can assess and improve their ability to identify correctly and/or incorrectly installed components of a roof-mounted PV Array installation.  Though developed and targeted to code officials who inspect and permit PV systems, it's available to anyone.   


For more information, go directly to PVOT, or go to the National Training & Education Resource (NTER) website, and enter  'Photovoltaic's or 'PV' in the search bar.  


Next month, the 5th national Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference is November 13-15 in Albany, NY.  With 84 presenters and five pre-conference technical workshops, the national conference is expected to draw some 500 clean energy educators and trainers who will offer the latest information and insight on instructional strategies, curricula development, credentialing and best training practices.  There is still time to register.  Find out more about this impressive program at www.cewec.com. Will we see you there?


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Some of the nation's most innovative clean energy educators will offer in-depth technical workshops as part of the fifth national Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference, November 13-15, 2012 in Albany, NY. Each designed for a specific audience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields, the first day's workshops offer an opportunity to delve into a specific topic on a deeper level, a complement to the traditional multiple session format offered the following two days.  MORE


The latest news from our friends at DSIRE

Connecting to the Grid
by Laurel Varnado

Laurel V

The New and Updated Freeing the Grid: policy metrics have never been more fun


For five years now, Freeing the Grid has been a staple resource for the renewable energy community.  During this time IREC has been collaborating with the Network for New Energy Choices, the Vote Solar Initiative and the North Carolina Solar Center to bring you Freeing the Grid and this year, we have made it even easier and more accessible, by putting it on the web in an interactive platform.  MORE



IREC Credentialing Program  

by Pat Fox


Pat Fox ANSI-IREC Program Issues First Set of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Certificate Program Accreditations


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and IREC announced that three certificate-awarding entities have been accredited under the ANSI-IREC pilot accreditation program for personnel training/education programs within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.  ANSI and IREC expect to launch the full program in early 2013.  MORE



Solar Instructor Training Network

by Joe Sarubbi


Joe Sarubbi

PV Online Training for Code Officials Debuts

It's been a long time in the works, but just yesterday, the PV Online Training for Code Officials (PVOT) was released, a dynamic new online training opportunity designed to provide consistent, effective training which can quickly and cost-effectively reach a far greater number of code officials than has been possible with traditional onsite workshops and seminars.  PVOT, part of IREC's role at National Administrator of the SITN, is targeted to code officials who permit and inspect residential PV systems, but is open to anyone. MORE

Small Wind News 
by Larry Sherwood
Larry Sherwood  
NYSERDA Small Wind Incentive
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)'s incentives for eligible small wind systems are paid to eligible installers that have been approved to participate in this program, but the entire incentive must be passed on to the owner of the wind system by the eligible installer. Currently, NYSERDA identified 28 wind system models made by 17 different manufacturers that are eligible for the incentive. The current solicitation has a program budget of $15.3 million through December 31, 2015 (including a $1.5 million addition in funding during 2012), with somewhat variable annual budgets.  MORE
of note...
Late last month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a substantial revision to Rule 21 (9.13.12), the state interconnection procedures, which establishes several new national best practices, and removes barriers to continued growth of the state's renewable energy market.  The new Rule 21 adopts a modified screening mechanism that more effectively sorts applicants into a study path that corresponds to the level of review necessary for the project.  IREC provided concrete proposals for improvements that were ultimately adopted by the settling parties.


11 workshops in less than one month?  
The SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership has been moving at a blistering pace, reaching out to communities in Dubuque, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis, with information on how to implement a successful local solar program.  Workshop topics 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.  The last workshop is today in Dubuque, Iowa.  
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.
In their own words: credential holders talk about the value of the IREC Credential
The Value of IREC ISPQ 
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Small Wind News
The Credentialing Chronicle
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Powering the dream

Senior editor for The Atlantic and author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green  Technology, Alexis Madrigal will give the opening address on November 14, 2012, at the Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference.  

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