Local Energy & Climate SolutionsRegulatory Engagement
Why Improving Local Solar & Storage Codes Brings Us Closer to a Clean Energy Future
The permitting and inspection process for clean energy systems is a key area where there are opportunities for reducing “soft costs”—the non-hardware costs, such as labor and administrative tasks, that comprise over 60% of the cost of a solar installation and have been slow to decline.
Minnesota PUC Requires Hosting Capacity Analysis Improvements
On July 31, 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered utility Xcel Energy to make several changes to its 2020 Hosting Capacity Analysis (HCA) which it will file on November 2, 2020. These changes will make the results more useful for determining where new generation capacity, such as solar PV systems, can be sited. Previous HCAs from...
Equity & InclusionLocal Energy & Climate Solutions
Affordable, Low-Carbon Rental Housing: Empowering Communities on Advance Climate and Equity
Technical assistance to reduce the energy burden, or proportion of income spent on energy, for low-income renters, can help lower communities’ GHG emissions and improve economic and health outcomes.
Workforce Development & Training
National Energy Efficiency Career Map, Outreach Campaign to Highlight EE Career Options
IREC and its partners will develop an interactive career map that highlights the breadth of rewarding career opportunities in the energy efficiency sectors.
Local Energy & Climate SolutionsPress ReleaseRegulatory Engagement
National Forum Launched for Solar & Storage Code and Permitting Solutions
A newly launched, three-year project, supported by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, will bring together diverse stakeholders to identify and develop solutions to solar and solar-plus-storage code enforcement and permitting challenges.
Equity & Inclusion
Black Lives Matter: IREC Stands with Communities of Color
At IREC, we believe that diversity, inclusion and equity are critical to shaping and accelerating a clean energy future.