Up Front: The IREC Blog

Get to Know the Workforce Development Team

Next month, The Solar Foundation will officially merge with IREC into a single, expanded nonprofit dedicated to the rapid adoption of clean energy. Over the next few months, we will be featuring the three newly combined IREC programs—Workforce Development, Local

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We Need Interconnection Reform to Unlock the Benefits of Energy Storage

This article was originally published in PV Magazine. Outdated interconnection policies remain a significant barrier to unlocking the full value of energy storage on the distribution grid. Here’s how to fix it. It’s widely recognized that one of the greatest

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Interconnection Is Broken: Radical Rethinking Is Needed to Achieve Clean Energy Goals

This article was originally published in PV Magazine. We’re running out of time to transition our electric grid to clean energy sources at the pace needed to meet climate goals; it’s time to rethink the way states approach interconnection or

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How the SolSmart Program Helps Communities Increase Local Solar Energy

For local governments, solar energy represents one of the next decade’s biggest opportunities to meet sustainability goals, address climate change, and boost economic development and job growth. While energy policy is national and global in scope, the good news is

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The Value of Credentialing for Workforce Training Programs

Defining a qualified worker looks very different today from just 20 years ago for many employment sectors in the United States, including clean energy. The primacy of a traditional four-year college degree for a number of job roles is changing,

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The New Resource Growing the Pipeline of Qualified Workers for Energy Efficient Buildings

This article was originally published in BPA Connections from Building Performance Association (BPA). Jobs in high performance building design, construction, and retrofitting are crucial roles in the U.S. economy. And they will only become more important as the nation looks to

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California Marks Important Milestone for Balancing Grid Needs, Consumer Protection in Key Smart Inverter Function

New reporting requirements for California utilities provide greater customer protection regarding the use of volt-watt, an important smart inverter function. Volt-watt is one of the “scariest” smart inverter functions for customers and developers, and this is a first of its

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Environmental History and Black History are Intertwined: Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting Black environmentalists that have changed and continue to change the clean energy landscape for the better, key organizations that strive for environmental justice and representation of people of color in our

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Minnesota PUC Fines Xcel Energy $1 Million for Interconnection Failures

Minnesota utility Xcel Energy was fined one million dollars on Thursday for exceeding a maximum number of customer service complaints as a result of significant delays in its processing of interconnection requests for solar projects. A ruling from the Minnesota

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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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