This year, ASES celebrates its 40th national solar conference from May 17-20 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

In partnership with National Solar Trainers (NST) — a leading provider of unbiased solar education — ASES’ SOLAR AND YOU! training will provide installers and other interested participants exceptional skill development in advanced topics in solar technology, business management, market trends, residential and commercial installation, and more during early-conference training sessions May 17 and 18.  As a first, participants can earn in a single conference all 18 continuing education credits needed for recertification by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

“Public Day” is Saturday, May 21, and will feature presentations in the three main areas: “Green Careers,”  “Greening Your Home or Business,” and “Understanding Renewable Energy Technology, Policies and Incentives.”   Also happening as part of SOLAR 2011 is the 36th National Passive Solar Conference; the Sixth Renewable Energy Policy, Advocacy and Marketing Conference; and a renewable energy products and services trade show.

Special, pre-full-conference registration pricing is being offered as follows: until April 17: $739; April 18 through May 16: $839; on-site: $939.

The IREC team will be in several sessions:

May 18:  Amy Heinemann presents on solar PPA’s

Joe Wiedman: Moderates the Solar Dollars & Cents panel

Rusty Haynes: Moderates Policy & Market Trends panel.

Larry Sherwood presents on U.S. solar market trends.

Laurel Varnado presents on net metering in competitive choice markets.

May 19:  Jane Weissman presents on the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN)

May 20: Larry Sherwood presents on small wind certification.

Tommy Cleveland presents on FERC SGIP.