November 20, 2009. Albany, NY. Mr. Mark Mrohs of SunPower Corporation was announced the winner of the 2009 ISP Mark C. Fitzgerald Memorial Award. The award was given on November 20, 2009 at the New Ideas in Educating a Workforce in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conference.
The award was presented by Mr. Jack Werner, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP). The award is for an individual who is dedicated to promoting quality renewable energy training.
Mark Mrohs is currently the Senior Manager of Training for the Residential and Light Commercial Division of SunPower Corporation and previously worked for AstroPower, GE Solar, Siemens Solar and ARCO Solar. He is a preeminent specialist in PV training, having worked in PV for over 35 years and conducted programs in 23 countries. SunPower has been conducting installation, design and sales training programs for their dealer network since 2006 and under Mr. Mrohs’ direction, the training has evolved into a sophisticated program that offers professional certifications.
SunPower is an ISPQ Accredited Training Program.
Mark Fitzgerald (1955-2005) was a global champion of the development and application of professional standards to the training of renewable energy practitioners. In 1995, he launched the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP). Mark’s goal was to contribute to a step-change in the successive installation of renewable energy systems. He identified a serious gap in the quality of installations due to the lack of adequate training for system integrators and installers. Under Mark’s leadership, the Institute for Sustainable Power prepared an international standard and commenced an application and audit process to ensure continuity, consistency, and quality in the delivery of training.
Mark passed away in June 2005, but ISP continues to grows. In Mark’s memory, an annual award has been established.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) is the North American Licensee for the ISPQ Standard for Accreditation & Certification of renewable energy training programs. For more information, please visit www.ispqusa.org.