IREC Seeks Nominees for Best of 2013 for New National i-Awards

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is reaching out across the U.S. for nominations to recognize the nation’s Best of 2013 – Innovation, Ingenuity, Inspiration in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The prestigious awards will be presented during IREC’s October meeting, on the floor of Solar Power International in Chicago, with more than 10,000 expected participants.

Strong national competition will set apart the Best of 2013 in several categories, and acknowledgment of winners will be IREC award instrumentswidespread. IREC has annually recognized outstanding innovation for 20 years. The new i-Awards raise the prestige and national recognition of the awards and broaden categories for nominations.

“IREC has created the new i-Awards to honor the nation’s most innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency people, projects and programs,” says Ken Jurman, who chairs the Awards Committee for IREC. “We look forward to precedent setting competition, and to a national celebration of the winners’ innovation, ingenuity and inspiration.”

IREC recognizes that there are more innovative projects and inspirational people than ever doing remarkable work in the renewable energy and energy efficiency space. The i-Awards will set apart the Best of 2013. The innovative work of all of the nominated individuals and programs will have made a difference in our lives, increasing the understanding and use of clean energy in our neighborhoods and communities.

“We recognize that in addition to renewable energy, energy efficiency plays a crucial role in achieving a sustainable future,” adds IREC President and CEO Jane Weissman. “So for the first time, IREC will recognize programs and initiatives that seek to ‘close the divide’ between energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

Applications are available onlineDeadline to submit is July 1, 2013.

2013 National i-Awards Categories

IREC Certified Clean Energy Instructor/Trainer of the Year
Honoring excellence in clean energy education and training for individuals holding the IREC Credential for Instructor Certification

IREC Accredited Clean Energy Training Program of the Year
Honoring excellence in clean energy training programs holding the IREC Credential for Accredited Training Programs

Community Renewable Project of the Year
Honoring innovative community projects enabling many individuals to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy from a single or aggregated project

State & Local Government Initiative of the Year
Recognizing innovative state or local government policies, programs, regulations, legislation, that advance the sustainable growth of the clean energy infrastructure

Closing the Divide Project of the Year
Celebrating innovative projects that recognize the fundamental link between energy efficiency and renewable energy that can lead us down the path to our clean, sustainable energy future

IREC’s National Innovation Awards will be presented in conjunction with IREC’s Annual Meeting at Solar Power International, October 21-23, 2013 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. Winners will be notified prior to the event.

For more information contact Ken Jurman at: ken.jurman@dmme.virginia.gov

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