SEIA Announces New Workforce Training Commitment for Solar Industry

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced a new industry commitment to quality solar workforce training, working with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).   Development of this commitment demonstrates the groups’ efforts to build the foundation of a skilled, knowledgeable workforce trained to safely and effectively perform the tasks solar energy jobs require.   The commitment comes on the heels of a new report showing nearly 143,000 Americans are at work throughout the solar value chain at more than 6,100 businesses in the U.S. There has been a 20 percent increase in the workforce since 2012 – or 10 new solar jobs every hour of every workday.   “We are proud to join with IREC during this exciting time for the solar industry. We have just come off a record-shattering year, we are looking forward to continued growth in 2014 and solar jobs are growing at 20 percent – 10 times faster than the national average. With all this activity, it is a perfect time to formalize an industry commitment to workforce training. SEIA encourages all its members to sign this important pledge,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA’s president and CEO.   "The explosive growth in solar jobs makes quality training more relevant than ever," said Jane Weissman, president and CEO of IREC. "SEIA is driving forward the solar industry's commitment to quality workforce training with this demonstration of individual and collective support. With consumer interest in solar so high, there is no better time to instill confidence that the industry is committed to a highly trained workforce to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their investment.“   The market for solar energy in America is booming as the cost of solar technology plummets. Energy efficiency in new construction and retrofits in existing buildings are impacting energy demand while sustainability is becoming part of the fabric of the operations of corporations, municipalities and college campuses. These factors create a fundamental shift in the production and use of solar energy – and the need for a new generation of well-trained workers to build a solar infrastructure.  

Ballard to Supply Fuel Cell Modules to Solaris for Zero Emission Bus Deployments in Europe

Ballard Power Systems has announced the signing of an equipment supply agreement with Solaris Bus and Coach (Solaris) for delivery of two zero emission fuel cell power modules to be used in buses planned for deployment in Hamburg, Germany.

Load Banks for any Application

Load Banks are a critical component in any preventative maintenance program designed to measure the performance of battery systems, generators, UPS systems, and other AC & DC power supply sources. The purpose of a load bank is to accurately mimic the operational load a power source will encounter.

New Book Explains Why Global Warming is Not the Only Inconvenient Truth

Dr. Alan F. Rozich, CEO of Bioconversion Solutions, explains in "Other Inconvenient Truths Beyond Global Warming," that there is an "Inconvenient Triad" or Super Nexus including energy and the economy that's likely to adversely affect society faster than global warming.

Leading financier Rand Merchant Bank show support for onshore wind

Rand Merchant Bank, one of South Africa's leading banks has confirmed their sponsorship of a wind energy summit in Cape Town later this year

OneRoof Energy Launches API Library, Opening Doors for Innovation in Solar Software

Technology-rich SunOpps platform offers new business opportunities to home energy management (HEM) companies, utilities

A123 Energy Solutions Announces New 2.8MWh Grid Storage Solution™ Contract Win

IHI Corporation will deploy 1MW/2.8MWh GSS™ in Japan

EDF Renewable Energy Signs Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Edison for 19.8 MW Wind Project

The Patterson Pass Wind Project is a repowering effort whereby older technology is upgraded allowing for increased generation of clean energy with fewer wind turbines.

First Wind Surpasses Projected 2013 Portfolio Growth

The company is now poised to grow its generating capacity by 75 percent in the next two years via secured commitments for 750 MW of new wind and solar projects

First Wind Marks Five Years of Commercial Operations at Cohocton Wind

Cohocton Wind project celebrates five years of successfully producing enough power for 35,000 homes since January 2009 while delivering significant economic benefits

Clean Energy Collective and Green Mountain Power Expand Community-Owned Solar in Vermont

Second of several planned facilities shows high demand for community-owned model.

ACORE Announces Submission of Comments on EPA's Proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations

ACORE Leads Coalition of Industry Stakeholders to Direct the Comments Document

COALITION APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S COMMITMENT TO COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE IN STATE OF THE UNION

"Michiganders across the state applaud the President for his remarks tonight and his commitment to future generations to address climate change"

Major Players to Gather in Accra this April for Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference

Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014 will kick off from 23 to 24 April 2014 in Accra, Ghana

President Touts Solar Progress in State of the Union Speech

President Obama praised the U.S. solar industry in his annual State of the Union speech

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