IREC announced recently that it is no longer a membership organization. The IREC Board of Directors decided that a non-membership model better positions the organization to accomplish its goal of expanding consumer access to clean energy by generating information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards.

“When IREC became one of the lead groups to start the PV-COMPACT in 1993, we didn’t let geography get in the way of setting the policies that would commercialize solar electricity. We hunted for talent and signed up the best and the brightest, without letting a stationary office model become a barrier to action. This gave IREC the chance to work with extraordinary solar industry innovators spread across the country. Because of this, we were a well-oiled, virtual organization long before the virtual workplace became routine,” said IREC President and CEO Jane Weissman.

Today, once again they are shaking off what had become an outdated organizational and operational structure. “Over the last 20 months, IREC’s Board of Directors took a hard look at how we operate as a nonprofit organization. The result is a simple yet important reorganization, which allows us to broaden our base of financial support,” Weissman continued.

While IREC never had thousands of members, it does have thousands of supporters. Tens of thousands of individuals regularly read about the organization’s regulatory work, workforce development and credentialing program in newsletters, on the website, and through social media. Millions benefit directly or indirectly – through a community solar project, a market-valued education that leads to employment, or economically fair connection to the utility grid. Clearly, these supporters represent IREC’s strength, now and into the future.