3iAward logoThe search is on for 2014’s candidates for the prestigious IREC 3iAwards for Information. Innovation. Inspiration. For more than 20 years, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has recognized innovative people, projects and programs that promote and accelerate the sustainable growth of renewable energy.

This year, the annual awards honor the nation’s best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a few new features that will elevate the exposure of both candidates and award winners. For the first time, the selection of IREC’s awardees will be in the hands of the public, with open voting online July 28 to August 20.

In previous years, an independent committee of experts reviewed applications and selected winners. The opportunity for a variety of stakeholders and the community at large to vote will bring even greater awareness and acknowledgement of this year’s applicants and winners.

“With these awards we recognize innovative solutions to solving tough problems; we salute the ingenuity of those who think outside the box to advance the use of clean energy; and we thank those who inspire others to make a difference,” said IREC Board Chair David Warner.

Application deadline 7/23/14        Online voting July 28 – August 20

While the awards traditionally focused solely on renewable energy initiatives, IREC recognizes that energy efficiency plays an equally crucial role in achieving a sustainable future. Typically, government, energy industries and educational systems view them separately, with little collaboration between programs. The Closing the Divide Award category seeks innovative examples of initiatives that help “close the divide” between energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Applicants can apply online or can download the writable PDF and email it to [email protected]  by July 23, 2014, in one of five categories:

  • IREC Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year | Download writable PDF
  • IREC Certified Clean Energy Trainer of the Year | Download writable PDF
  • Community Renewables Project of the Year | Download writable PDF
  • State and Local Government Initiative of the Year | Download writable PDF
  • Closing the Divide Award – Integrating Energy Efficiency & Renewables  Download writable PDF

The 3iAwards ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in conjunction with 2014 Solar Power International, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. IREC will honor the winners at Solar Central, the multi-media epicenter on the SPI Expo floor, where some 10,000 solar industry professionals are expected over four days.


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