By Solar Energy International, Solar Power World Contributor
“How long will it take me to get NABCEP-certified?” If we had a dollar for every time we heard that question from potential students here at Solar Energy International (SEI), we would never have to have another giving-campaign for our non-profit school’s operations. As solar
educators, we love talking with training program candidates about their career goals and
helping them choose a program track that fits their expectations. However, we often first have to address the common misconceptions for what it takes to get into the solar industry and be
successful in a rewarding career. Continue reading here.
FREE SEI ONLINE COURSE RE100 Introduction to Renewable Energy is a free course that covers the basics of renewable energy, and is a great introduction for those new to the field, those who are looking to make a career change, or those who just want to learn more about energy from the sun, wind, and water, energy efficiency, and the basics of electricity. Upon completion of the course – with good quiz grades – you will receive a printable SEI Record of Completion. RE100 is made up of ten lessons, each containing a lecture-capture video presentation by an SEI instructor, readings, a quiz, and discussion forums. Your work will be saved as you go and you can return to it later for up to six weeks after you register.
Minnesota’s wind energy tax is helping rural counties hold the line on levy increases and pay for road repairs and other infrastructure projects. Revenue from the state’s wind energy tax has increased more than fivefold over the past decade to $12.7 million in 2018, according to Minnesota Department of Commerce. Wind farms larger than 12 MW pay $1.20 per MWh, while smaller farms pay just 36 cents per MWh. “Wind revenue is now a key source of income for many counties, relieving the property tax burden on homeowners and businesses,” said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman. Continue reading here.
Photo by Michael Janke of wind turbines on a Minnesota Farm
More than 714,000 Midwesterners now work in clean energy industries across the Midwest according to a new analysis of energy jobs data from Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). The region’s clean energy economy now employs more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers and web developers in the Midwest combined, according to Department of Labor Employment Statistics.
The report follows E2’s Clean Jobs America analysis which found the clean energy jobs account for nearly 3.2 million jobs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Both reports expand on the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) released in May by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). CET and E2 were partners on the USEER. Read more here.
ORRVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its commitment to have a positive environmental impact, The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) announced today it has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) for 60 megawatts (MW) of the utility-scale 230 MW Plum Creek Wind Project in Wayne County, Nebraska. Starting in 2020, the wind energy produced from the Plum Creek project will address approximately 50 percent of Smucker’s total electricity use . . . “In addition to creating high-paying local jobs, the Plum Creek Wind Project will result in over $3 million in local community benefits annually in the Wayne County area,” said Declan Flanagan, Founder and CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy. Read more here.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced [yesterday] a $1.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop and demonstrate new methods to operate power systems with high penetrations of solar power. The award is part of the Solar Energy Technologies Office’s Solar Forecasting 2 funding program to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation for more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels. Solar Forecasting 2 projects are designed to enable electric utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability. Continue here.
The Michigan House Energy Committee will conduct a hearing today on House Bill 5861, which will bring community solar for residents, nonprofit organizations and other constituents looking to lower utility bills and access clean energy options. The Community Renewable Energy Gardens bill is among five separate bills in the bipartisan Energy Freedom Package, which taken together would significantly advance Michigan’s clean energy economy.
The latest solar panel tariff discussion has people wondering where their panels are manufactured and assembled. Solar Power World compiled a list of solar panel headquarters and manufacturing and/or assembly locations. Although any potential tariffs will only affect crystalline silicon solar panels, we’ve also included popular thin-film companies on this list for your information. (A final solar panel tariff decision from President Trump is due by Jan. 26, 2018.) Check out the listhere.
This month’s veteran is Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. As you probably know, Hopper came on board in her new position at the beginning of 2017; but you may not know that her background in energy goes back much further.
Read an excerpt from it or listen to the complete interview HERE.
New to the energy storage or curious about the industry? Join this complimentary webinar hosted by the Energy Storage Association that outlines what energy storage means, what it does, its benefits and its applications. Plus, get insight into the mission of the Association itself. Participants will also hear different perspectives about the industry from developer and utility points-of-view, as well as the types of jobs in the energy storage sector.
This webinar is supported by the National Society of Black Engineers.
Craig Horne, VP, Business Develepment, RES
Peter Muhoro, Chief Strategy Officer, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Ricson Chude, P.E., Energy SIG Professional Development Lead, National Society of Black Engineers
Matt Roberts, Executive Director, Energy Storage Association
In a brief video message, Solar Energy Industries Association’s new president & CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper, introduces herself to the industry and offers a vision to tackle the challenges ahead in 2017 and beyond. Abby comes to SEIA with years of experience in energy at the state and federal levels, and will use that experience to take on the challenges coming at the solar industry. – SEIA