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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

Solar for Multifamily Residents: New IREC Guide Highlights Pathways

A new guide from IREC offers national insight to help local governments, housing providers, utilities and other stakeholders better understand the possible pathways to ensure more renters and other multifamily residents can benefit from solar.

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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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Utility Professionals: Meet Your Future Power Systems Workforce!

When they weren’t connecting with each other to learn about similar power systems research at other schools, GEAREAD students were meeting with and talking to utility professionals at DistribuTECH 2018 about their research and potential employment opportunities.

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WEBINAR: New Tools for Building the Modern Grid

IREC recently hosted a webinar with the authors of our new Hosting Capacity Analyses (HCA) guide, a tool to help state regulators integrate and optimize distributed energy resources as an integral component of the grid.

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