Monthly Archives: February 2013

Solar Outreach Partnership Site Helps Local Governments Go Solar

Local governments interested in going solar can now find a wide range of information in the new Solar Outreach Partnership website. A resource database, a calendar of events and trainings, and access to ‘Ask the Expert’ services and technical assistance

IREC Releases Blueprint for Development of Distributed Generation in CA

February 21, 2013 Today, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) released a Blueprint for the Development of Distributed Generation (DG) in California  with recommendations designed to help the state capture the greatest range of benefits from its continued support of

The FERC SGIP: Time for a Tune Up

The average size of distributed photovoltaic systems is on the rise. In fact, the average size of all PV systems installed in 2011 grew by 64% over 2010. In addition to larger system sizes, penetration of solar on the grid is increasing in

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News from DSIRE: 2/15/13

  ARIZONA – Renewables Incentive Programs Shrivel The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved vastly diminished 2013 renewables incentive plans for the state’s two largest electric utilities, APS and TEP. TEP has done away with all incentives for commercial renewables and

Do Credentials Really Matter?

There is a lot of work that goes into the development of credentials.  It starts with a robust, high-quality, industry-validated standard. Standards that are established using a transparent process – including the participation of a balanced set of stakeholders –

February 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter

WHAT’S NEW AS OF FEBRUARY 2013?   Note from the Editor The FERC SGIP: Time for a tune up The average size of distributed photovoltaic systems is on the rise.  In fact, the average size of all PV systems installed

IREC Credentialing Program Discontinues its Continuing Education Provider Accreditation

February 12, 2013 Citing confusion in the marketplace about the requirements for each of its accreditation credentials, IREC has stopped accepting new applications for its Continuing Education Provider Accreditation credential. IREC made this decision after extensive research and discussions with

Apply for and Manage Your IREC Credentials Online

By Brian Mattiske The IREC Credentialing Management System (CMS) gives candidates a way to apply for and manage their IREC credentials online.  The CMS streamlines the application process, and provides a one-stop place for candidates to both view data related

IREC ISPQ Credentialing Program Releases New Version of its Candidate Handbook

February 12, 2013 – The IREC Credentialing Program has released a new version of the IREC ISPQ Candidate Handbook. The Candidate Handbook serves as a primary resource for training providers who are applying for or have been awarded an IREC

Credentialing Newsmaker Interview: Roger Smith, Pulaski Technical College

by Jane Pulaski Roger Smith, Director, Weatherization Training Center at Pulaski Technical College (no relation to the author), found his way to PTC via his construction business.  After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in business, Smith spent the next seven years renovating


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