Key to the solar industry’s continued growth is the next generation of skilled professionals to support its technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched a pilot solar installation training program to provide military veterans transitioning out of active duty with the skills needed to become the leaders of the nation’s clean energy economy. The Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) is playing an active advisory role in the development of the pilot project. According to the White House, the SITN aims to train 75,000 new solar installers in total by 2020, some of who will be veterans. Since 1944, millions of veterans have used GI Bill education benefits to attend colleges, universities and other kinds of training programs. In this webinar, the Department of Veterans Affairs shared information about how institutions and programs can become VA-approved to enable veterans to use the GI Bill education benefits to cover solar workforce skills training.+ More details
Founded in 2006, SolarCity has grown to become America’s largest solar provider with more than 6,000 employees. Their customers include tens of thousands of homeowners, more than 400 schools, including Stanford University, government agencies like the U.S. Armed Forces and Department of Homeland Security, and well-known corporate clients like eBay, HP, Intel, Walgreens and Walmart. With such unprecedented growth, how and where is a company like SolarCity finding employees? What skills are they looking for in a readied workforce? How can the SITN more closely partner and communicate with SolarCity? Listen to this webinar and learn from SolarCity about where they provide service, employment opportunities, operations, and military recruitment efforts for the solar workforce.+ More details
In this short introductory video, SITN Project Manager, Joe Sarubbi, describes the PV Online Training course. It covers major topics of concern for field inspection and expedited permitting through seven online training modules. Six learning modules use traditional linear online training approaches presenting content with text, 2D media and video with narration. The seventh module uses a 3D immersive game-based framework.+ More details
In this webinar for the Solar Instructor Training Network, Pat Fox and Laure-Jeanne Davignon explained the IREC Credentialing Program, and why credentials for training providers and trainers are so important. They also talked about the new ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program, the first specialty accreditation focused on certificate programs offering safe, high quality training for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry.+ More details
Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. DSIRE contains information on over 2,700 renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and is visited by more than 180,000 unique users per month. An ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In this webinar on March 22, 2012 for the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) , DSIRE Senior Policy Analyst, Brian Lips, gave an overview of the database and its functionality, including DSIRE SOLAR which provides solar-specific policy information for both PV and solar thermal. Brian also discussed solar policies and markets, and explained why some states have solar markets and why some don’t. The presenter, Brian Lips, has worked for the North Carolina Solar Center since 2006, and began working on dsireusa.org as a Policy Analyst in 2007. His current work involves researching and summarizing policies and incentives adopted by seven western states and North Carolina.+ More details
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