National Thought Leaders to Present on Clean Energy Issues & Trends During IREC's 3iForum at Solar Power International in Las Vegas

This year's 3iForum - Information. Insight. Innovation. - includes four 30-minute sessions from IREC's independent solar thought leaders, Tuesday, September 13 from 11a.m. to 4:30p.m.PT in the SPI Industry Trends Booth, #171 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) brings some of the nation's most involved solar thought leaders to the floor of Solar Power International (SPI) 2016 with the independent expertise expected of the IREC 3iForum. IREC's respected experts will share their forecasts, innovative programs and recommendations based on best practices and unbiased cutting-edge thinking. IREC is an independent national not-for-profit organization that has shaped access to fair, affordable, clean renewable energy for nearly 35 years.

This year's 3iForum - Information. Insight. Innovation. - includes four 30-minute sessions from IREC's independent solar thought leaders, Tuesday, September 13 from 11a.m. to 4:30p.m.PT in the SPI Industry Trends Booth, #171 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

IREC's National 3iAwards ceremony immediately follows, Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. And an additional IREC insight session is scheduled for Wednesday September 14 at 11a.m.

Industry Trends booth #171, SPI, Las Vegas Convention Center

Tuesday, September 13
11:00am - 12:00pm | Help Build Consumer Confidence: Empower Customers with Knowledge
Learn about new tools industry professionals can put in customers' hands, new insights and new approaches to support consumer understanding of the solar installation and connection process. Larry Sherwood, IREC President/CEO and Amir Yazdi, SEIA

2:00pm - 2:30pm | Cracking the Nut: Multi-tenant Units
More developers are seeking ways to accommodate rooftop solar on multi-tenant units. Learn about efforts in California and other states to tap into this valuable market, address the barriers, and serve more customers. Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC Regulatory Director

3:30pm - 4:00pm | Fire Fighters and Code Officials Get New PV Training
Code officials, the fire service and other 'allied' professions are now encountering PV technology more frequently. Hear what these professionals are learning about solar, and how this supports solar business growth. Consumer confidence = continued growth of the PV industry. Laure-Jeanne Davignon, IREC Director Workforce/Credentialing

4:00pm - 4:30pm | Connecting to the Grid - Making it Easy
Learn the key components of good interconnection procedures, why they matter to market growth, and how to streamline and simplify the process of connecting to the grid without compromising safety and reliability. Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC Regulatory Director

4:30pm - 5:00pm | IREC National 3iAwards Ceremony
IREC's 2016 awardees announced, the nation's best people, programs and projects in both renewable energy and energy efficiency. This year, nearly 1,000 individuals voted for the finalists in our People's Choice awards.

Wednesday, September 14
11:00am | What Keeps Electric Utility HR Managers Awake at Night?
With current insight into recruiting and retaining the next generation of power system engineers, the session is targeted to those hiring new engineers, interested in developing new talent for the future grid, and/or creating human resource infrastructure for retaining existing professionals. This includes individuals tasked with hiring technical operation and planning professionals, as well as HR staff. Joseph Sarubbi, IREC's project director for GEARED (Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment and Electric Power Research Institute's Tom Reddoch).

About IREC
IREC believes clean energy is critical to achieving a sustainable and economically strong future. To pave this clean energy path, IREC works to expand consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads programs to build a quality clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for training programs and instructors. A not-for-profit organization since 1982, IREC's programs and policies have benefitted energy consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry. As of July 2013, IREC is an accredited American National Standards Developer. For more information, visit

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