“Ensuring quality training of the next generation of energy engineers, system operators and utility professionals will be a key factor to lower the cost of solar electricity, advance seamless grid integration, and support a growing U.S. solar workforce.”
Joe Sarubbi, IREC Project Lead
From 2013-2019, IREC was national network administrator (NNA) of the Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) program. GEARED was designed to build a training and education framework to grow the expertise and preparedness of current and future electric utility sector professionals — specifically to accommodate high penetrations of solar electricity and other distributed technologies.
The five-year GEARED project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Central to GEARED was the Distributed Technology Training Consortia (DTTC), three regional consortiums with multiple university, utility and industry partners, all of whom collaborated curriculum and short course development, internships, co-ops and continuing education for students and faculty alike. During the five years, the DTTCs identified and shared training and education best practices and programs, as well as power system research and development.