Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Volume #9, Issue #6
Editor: Jane Pulaski

The IREC State & Stakeholder Newsletter is a foremost resource for current information on workforce training, credentialing programs, state activities and best practices on renewable energy and energy efficiency. This free newsletter is distributed semi-monthly to email subscribers and published on IREC’s website.  If you have comments or if you would like to submit a news item, email Jane Pulaski.  To subscribe to this newsletter, click here and follow the instructions.

If you want the best news about what’s going on in the states and cities, read the State & Stakeholder Newsletter (March 24, 2010)

From the editor:

In the 3/10 issue of this newsletter, I mentioned that IREC was developing a model rule for community solar.   A natural extension of net metering programs, IREC believes community solar policies, if well designed, can provide the right policy approach for creating additional opportunities for customers to support solar development.

North Carolina Solar Center’s Laurel Varnado, editor of IREC’s Connecting to the Grid Newsletter, Kevin Fox, partner of Keyes and Fox, and Joe Wiedman, also of Keyes and Fox, have released IREC’s Community Renewable Power  Concept Proposal.  As with net metering and interconnection, IREC’s approach is to take the ‘best practices’ from what has been implemented and integrate those components into a policy that’s easy to understand and straight-forward to implement.  Although the work is still underway, the Concept Proposal addresses what IREC believes to be some of the most salient considerations for this policy.  Comments and questions are welcomed; direct them to Joe Wiedman.

Our friends at  Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) opened the doors to Energy House, their newest instructional facility.   The house will serve as a learning center for alternative and renewable energy technologies for Delaware Tech’s energy education and training programs, including the ability for students to gain competencies for installing, maintaining and operating renewable energy systems.

Russel Smith, Executive Director of TREIA, tells us that they now have a job board on their website to match job seekers with potential employers.

The Solar Foundation’s Wednesday Webinar series continues: today, Jenn DeCesaro from DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program will discuss how utility ownership models are pushing the solar market.  There’s no fee for these webinars, and registering once will register you for all the webinars in the series.

Finally, IREC’s Jane Weissman has always traveled for IREC, but lately, even more so.  She’s in demand, presenting at national conferences on building the green workforce, smartly and sustainably, with strong credentialing standards for training programs and trainers.

Thanks for reading.  I always welcome your comments and suggestions.

Read the State & Stakeholder Newsletter, March 24, 2010