DOE Announces the Selection of the National Administrator for the Solar Instructor Training Network
August 25, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced today that the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) will serve as the National Administrator for the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) to help ensure the development of a robust national solar training infrastructure which can meet the employment needs of a rapidly growing domestic solar industry. IREC will receive up to $4.5 million of funding over five years to administer the program. Through the work of the Training Network, DOE expects over 1,400 instructors will be trained across the nation, creating the capacity to train thousands of workers for the solar installation industry.
DOE selected the IREC to serve as the national point of contact for the Training Network, conducting outreach to disseminate its products and best practices recommendations. It will manage the Training Network's collaboration, coordinate its joint activities and work with a broad set of stakeholders to prioritize and address issues related to solar training.
The Solar Instructor Training Network was launched with $10 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding in October, 2009, to address a critical need for high-quality, local, and accessible training in solar system design, installation, sales, and inspection. The network includes nine Regional Training Providers that extend coverage to the entire United States. The Regional Training Providers support the professional development of instructors who provide instruction on solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling installations. The SITN will also collaborate and develop national curricula, sponsor workshops, create replicable training models for local instructors, and develop best practices.
This initiative highlights DOE's commitment to promote widespread adoption of solar energy and create new jobs by improving the quality and availability of solar training efforts across the United States. DOE aims to expand the nation's training solar workforce and empower regions across the country to integrate solar energy into their communities.
For more information, visit the Solar Instructor Training Network Web page.
About Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Latham, New York
IREC is a non-profit organization that has worked to remove barriers to renewable energy use since 1982. Throughout its 28-year history, the organization has been instrumental in rulemaking for connecting distributed power to the utility grid, workforce development, consumer protection, and stakeholder coordination. IREC provides credentialing programs to fairly assess instructional quality and took the lead in forming the North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. For more information visit IRECUSA.org.