Up Front: The IREC Blog

Equitable Access to Clean Energy Benefits for Frontline Communities

Highlights of the 2020 Vision Summit Consumer Panel In early 2020, before COVID-19 swept the country, IREC held our annual Vision Summit conference. The 2020 Vision Summit gathered leaders from all over the country to discuss clean energy and strategies

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Joining Forces for Rapid Progress Toward Clean Energy

An Interview with Larry Sherwood and Andrea Luecke on the Merger Between the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and The Solar Foundation The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and The Solar Foundation recently announced an agreement to merge into a single,

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State Interconnection Rules: The Gatekeepers to Energy Storage

This article was originally published in the Fall 2020 issue of Solar Builder Magazine and on its website on November 19, 2020. FERC Order 841, which was upheld by a D.C. Circuit Court ruling this summer, made clear that states

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eLearning Can Advance Your Clean Energy Career—Here’s What Makes It Effective

The realistic, flexible, and self-driven nature of online training options makes them an excellent way to take your career to the next level. Kristen Ferguson, IREC’s Director of Training and Development, specializes in course design and creating effective training for

Weatherization Benefits Start at Home, but Reach Much Further

U.S. DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Optimizes Energy Efficiency and Increases Energy Equity, Health, and Jobs Across the U.S., a multitude of homes were built before energy-efficient buildings were common, leaving households today with heightened costs and health risks. Weatherization

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Energy Efficiency Plays Crucial Role in a 100% Clean Energy Future

Energy Efficiency Saves Money, Creates Jobs, and Cuts Pollution Every year, much of the energy the U.S. consumes is wasted through transmission, heat loss and inefficient technology—costing families and businesses money, and leading to increased carbon pollution, according to the

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Workforce Development: The Foundation of a Clean Energy Future

An increasing number of states and hundreds of cities, university systems, businesses, and other entities have set 100% clean energy goals to mitigate the effects of climate change and realize economic, public health, and other societal benefits. For the past

Overcoming the Barriers to Energy Storage Interconnection

New DOE-funded Project Will Develop Solutions to the Challenges of Storage Interconnection This article was originally published by North American Clean Energy. The energy storage industry has advanced rapidly, demonstrating the critical role storage technologies have to play in enabling

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Why Improving Local Solar & Storage Codes Brings Us Closer to a Clean Energy Future

Imagine your company designs and installs solar PV systems and energy storage systems. In your current project, you’re designing a freestanding solar array for a customer that will shade a parking lot. While you’ve designed countless PV systems in this

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How IEEE 1547.1-2020 Paves the Way for More Energy Storage & a Smarter Grid

This article originally appeared in Energy Storage News. A newly released standard creates nationally applicable guidance for DER manufacturers on how grid support functions in their products will be tested. This paves the way for U.S. states to adopt more modern

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