“We want allied professionals to understand that we are part of the solution when it comes to safety and ensuring that professionals have the competencies they need to interact with solar technology.”
Laure-Jeanne Davignon, IREC Vice President–Workforce Program
As the clean energy industry matures and diversifies, it is imperative that allied professionals such as firefighters, local code officials, electrical and building inspectors know more about solar and other technologies, both for safety and quality assurance.
IREC is a leader in quality clean energy workforce training for such allied industries, expanding their expertise and adding to their professional development toolkits.
More than 300,000 U.S. firefighters are now aware of IREC’s interactive online and live solar trainings, spcifically created for them in 2016 working with the national fire service and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
More than 5,000 municipal code officials to date have expanded knowledge and skill competencies in solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies as a result of IREC’s training programs, developed with the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and other partners. This contributes to more streamlined and efficient permitting and inspections which saves costs for developers and ultimately consumers.
Currently, IREC develops clean energy training within a number of allied professions, including for apartment maintenance technicians, weatherization professionals, utility workers and others.