from the President & CEO
It's Worth the Effort
Credibility is a tricky thing. You can have it, nurture it and perpetuate it, using best practices and with the best intentions. Yet there is something about a third-party endorsement that makes you stand out.
A while back, we decided that since IREC is one of the nation's leaders in building a quality, industry-ready workforce through the establishment and promotion of credentials, we wanted to "do what we say." We want to march to our own marching orders with our own credential and standards held high.
So, we set out to reach the highest standard available for a standards development organization. And we are very proud. If you missed the news, IREC is now accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a developer of American national standards.
Exactly what does this mean?
It means that we follow ANSI's 20 pages of essential requirements. It means that we make sure that our consensus process is transparent involving a balance of stakeholder groups. It means that we invite participation by all directly affected by the standard. It means that ANSI is watching our process and operations.
Laure-Jeanne Davignon, IREC Director of Credentialing, led IREC's efforts to become accredited. Through her leadership and attention to detail, she navigated IREC's application and review process. She tapped subject matter expertise. She makes sure IREC is doing it right.
Our work continues. With guidance and oversight from IREC's Standards Committee, we will move IREC's 14732 Standard (General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs) through the process of becoming designated as an American National Standard. Our other Standards will follow.
Lots of work behind and lots ahead. We know it is worth every bit of our investment.
We believe this is much more than an important step for IREC, or even the credibility of our standards. It's another sign that the bar is raised for the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.
I invite you to join us in celebrating this new mark of excellence - it symbolically belongs to us all who work to make a renewable difference in our energy world.
Talk with you soon.
by Laurel Passera
WA Revises Interconnection Procedures; Paves the Way for Third-Party Ownership of Net-Metered Systems
Significant revisions to Washington's interconnection procedures provide generators with a more clearly defined pathway to expedited interconnection with a multi-level process based on objective technical screens. These aspects also mean that they are more closely in line with the federally-approved Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and the approach taken in a majority of other states. The order reflects many of IREC's recommendations.
IREC Credentialing Program
by Laure-Jeanne Davignon
What it means: IREC's New Accreditation by ANSI
IREC's recent accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a developer of American national standards is a crucial step, not only for IREC and the credibility of our standards work, but for the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry at large.
Solar Instructor Training Network
by Joe Sarubbi
For Solar Educators & Trainers: Photovoltaic Labs Best Practices Document Latest in Series
Photovoltaic Labs Best Practices, the latest in a unique Solar Energy Education and Training Best Practices series, is designed to assist faculty and administrators at colleges, universities and other technical training institutions who are interested in developing new photovoltaic (PV) laboratories or improving existing ones.
A compendium of national best practices, the series is for instructors in solar training, education and workforce development, written by leading industry experts and educators. It has become a respected source for developing or enhancing solar education and training programs, or integrating solar into related trades programs.
ICLEI's Solar Outreach Partnership
On August 7, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT, join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, in coordination with the Solar Outreach Partnership, for the final webinar in the Solar Action Webinar Series: Successes from the Rooftop Solar Challenge. The webinar will showcase the latest developments in solar net metering and interconnection. The discussion will include:
- An overview of recent successes in efforts to streamline interconnection and net metering application processes
- Case studies and lessons learned
- An introduction to new resources for improving net metering and interconnection policies and processes
Three days of insightful 30-minute sessions from solar thought leaders will take shape as the first IREC 3iForum, on the floor of Solar Power International, October 22-24 in Chicago.
"We're bringing some of the nation's most involved thought leaders directly to the leading solar industry gathering in North America, with information and insight attendees need to keep up with the fast-paced changing issues, successes and challenges," says Larry Sherwood, IREC vice president and COO.
"We'll also share the experts' forecasts and recommendations based on best practices, which in many cases they have helped shape," adds Sherwood.
Preliminary details, including session topics, are on the IREC website. Plan on joining us in Chicago!
What YOU Need to Know About IREC's Updated Standards
IREC will have two new standards in effect starting this fall. Over the last year, IREC has revised IREC Standard 01022, which is used for assessment by the IREC Credentialing Program. This has resulted in two new standards, one for the accreditation of training providers and one for the certification of instructors and master trainers. Both will be released in early fall and will be adopted for these IREC credentials.
If you or your organization is thinking of applying or in the process of applying for an IREC credential, the final day to have an application accepted by IREC under IREC Standard 01022 is September 30, 2013.
Sponsors for IREC's 3iForum
IREC appreciates the generous support of our early sponsors for the exciting, new 3iForum at Solar Power International in Chicago October 22-24. To explore sponsorship possibilities, contact Larry Sherwood.
"In 2012, more than 90,000 photovoltaic installations were installed in the U.S. with a total capacity of 3.3 GW. This represents a 75 percent increase over installations completed in 2011," says Larry Sherwood, IREC vice president & COO and author of IREC's Solar Market and Installation Trends Report 2013.
Revised in collaboration with The Vote Solar Initiative, the model rules for shared renewables were updated to assist stakeholders in developing shared renewables programs to broaden renewable energy access to more consumers. In addition, IREC updated its guiding principles for shared renewable energy programs to better illustrate these programs' critical aspects.
The message is simple. As the RE/EE industry grows, so does the demand for quality training. Quality training programs that meet the highest standards and result in marketable, job-related skills stand out from the rest. The IREC Credentialing Program offers that distinction. More.
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IREC believes clean energy is critical to achieving a sustainable and economically strong future. To pave this clean energy path, IREC works to expand consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads programs to build a quality clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for training programs and instructors. Since 1982, IREC's programs and policies have benefitted energy consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry. As of July 2013, IREC is an accredited American National Standards Developer. www.irecusa.org
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