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National 3iAward Winners Announced by IREC at Intersolar

Special Energy Heroes Also Recognized July 11, 2018 (San Francisco, CA) – During an awards ceremony at Intersolar North America, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) today honored its 2018 3iAward recipients, celebrating the nation’s best innovation, ingenuity and inspiration in

IREC Milestone: 10,000+ Firefighters and Code Officials Now Solar Smarter

In just 15 months, more than 5,000 firefighters and 5,000 local code officials from states across the
U.S. became solar smarter, thanks to the efforts of IREC’s workforce training program and its
partners in a U.S. DOE initiative that just two years ago brought together “allied” professionals and
solar training experts.

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California Expanding Solar For Low-Income and Environmental Justice Communities

IREC joined the solar industry, renewable energy and environmental justice organizations and advocates June 21st applauding a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that will increase opportunities for low-income households to go solar, lower their utility bills, and participate in the state’s growing clean energy economy.

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New Minnesota Rules Make Connecting Clean Energy to the Grid Easier for Customers

After more than two years, Minnesota’s updated interconnection rules are the result of work at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), by IREC, Fresh Energy and the  Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC). In May 2016, the three organizations jointly petitioned the PUC to initiate a proceeding to establish new interconnection standards that better align with the current market for distributed generation, and to achieve greater consistency with national best practices.

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ALL NEW! Online Interactive Solar Training for Local Code Officials

If you think online training has to be dry and boring, think again. Launched today by IREC is new online interactive video solar training for local code officials, which developers say has a “This Old House” approach.

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IREC Updates Its Popular State Shared Renewable Energy Program Catalog

IREC’s State Shared Renewable Energy Program Catalog helps policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders understand the details of existing and proposed state shared renewables statutes and program rules. The Catalog covers statewide shared renewable energy or shared renewables programs, which IREC defines as programs where

Top-Notch Academics + High-Power Networking: We’re Shaping The Clean Energy Power Engineering Workforce

Originally published on the GEARED website Caroline Kamm, a senior at the University of Central Florida (UCF), is pursuing not one but two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in electrical engineering and one in mechanical engineering. Her studies focus on

Updated & Expanded Solar Plan Review And Inspection Checklists

IREC’s updated and expanded “Model Inspection Checklist for Rooftop PV” provides basic guidelines for reviewing a building permit plan application and inspecting most residential rooftop PV systems.

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Annual Search for National Clean Energy 3iAwards: New for 2018 Young Clean Energy Innovator

IREC opens its call for nominees for its 2018 3iAwards – a prestigious annual national search for innovative people, projects and programs that promote and accelerate the sustainable growth of clean energy. The IREC 3iAwards honor innovation, ingenuity and inspiration from the nation’s best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency. This year adds a new award for Young Clean Energy Innovator.

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IREC Elects John Hall and Dan Reicher to Board of Directors

IREC elects John Hall, associate vice president for the Environmental Defense Fund in Texas, and Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University to its board of directors.

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