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N.C. Solar Center wins City of Raleigh’s 2014 Environmental Regional Award

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by shannonhelm No Comments

The City of Raleigh recognized individuals and organizations committed to preserving and improving the environment at its seventh annual Environmental Awards celebration Tuesday evening, April 22 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. More than 200 people attended.

The N.C. Solar Center’s Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series won the City of Raleigh’s 2014 Regional environmental Award.  “We are very excited and honored to win this prestigious award from the City of Raleigh,” said Maria O’Farrell, training program manager at the Center. “The Diploma Series is turning 10 this year, and this is a great way to celebrate what the program has accomplished.”

 

The Diploma Series Turns 10

 

The Diploma Series, as it is now called, is an award-winning program recognized by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (IREC ISPQ) as offering  Accredited Training Programs for photovoltaic and solar thermal.

 

“The Solar Center had always offered solar workshops since its inception,” said Steve Kalland, Executive Director, who also birthed the idea of a series of intensive workshops.  “But, there needed to be a program that catered not just to the enthusiastic homeowner, but more importantly to the professional who wanted renewables to be part of their portfolio of services.”

 

The program has changed a lot since that rainy fall week in 2004. For one, it has doubled its course offerings from four to eight. It now includes the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management, a project development course, and through a partnership with EverBlue, has started offering BPI and RESNET certificate courses.

 

Throughout the years, the Center has also introduced customized training to bring renewable energy education around the region. It has collaborated with the Northeast Workforce Development Board to bring at least four week-long courses to Edenton, North Carolina. It has developed custom training to utility personnel from Duke Energy to Fayetteville PWC, and has delivered workshops to military facilities in Norfolk, Virginia and Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. In addition, the Center has hosted several company training, such as SunPower, SolarWorld, and Advanced Green Technologies.

 

Join us this year as we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. We will be highlighting many of our esteemed alumni and letting you in on the many ways you can get continuing education and certifications.

 

For more information, contact Maria O’Farrell at maria_ofarrell@ncsu.edu or call 919-523-8888.

N.C. Solar Center and SEM Co-Founder Bob Kingery Team-Up To Offer Renewable Energy Management Program

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

The N.C. Solar Center and Southern Energy Management Co-Founder Bob Kingery partner to offer Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

Raleigh, NC – For the second year in a row, the N.C. Solar Center and Southern Energy Management co-founder Bob Kingery are teaming up to offer a program focused around renewable energy project development and management. The Certificate in Renewable Energy Management (CREM) program is geared toward working and transitioning professionals interested in learning more about the technology, financing, and policy surrounding renewable energy development. Topics are presented across a 40 hour course that runs from September 12 through November 19 and is accessible both online and in the classroom. The program culminates in a final group project, where groups present projects varying from renewable energy exploration and feasibility studies to experimental product development and investment pitches.

The program’s continued success has hinged in large part on participation from local industry experts like Southern Energy Management’s (SEM) co-founder Bob Kingery. Founded in 2001, Mr. Kingery helped navigate Southern Energy Management to become one of the area’s premier solar energy firms. The level of experience that Mr. Kingery and other industry leaders bring to the CREM program helps provide invaluable market insights for program participants.

“A unique aspect of the CREM program was that it provided us with information on the present and future challenges facing the development and maturation of the renewable energy market from experienced professionals at a variety of different positions in the industry” said Will Etheridge, a graduate of the program and current member of the Customer Advocacy team at Southern Energy Management. “This information has helped prepare me, and others like me, for the real-world challenges involved in developing and managing renewable energy projects and technologies.”

Another program graduate, David Arney, wrote that, “[the CREM Program] was a perfectly balanced mix of renewable education, business class, and group-style working projects that I believe every student gained immensely from. I felt like this class truly was the ‘nugget’ of information I’d been looking for, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

For those interested in learning more about the N.C. Solar Center’s Certificate in Renewable Energy Management Program, please visit  go.ncsu.edu/crem.

Program Contact: Lyra Rakusin, N.C. Solar Center: (919) 513-7769
Media Contact: Sam Burner, SEM: sam@southern-energy.com or (866) 575-9151

About Southern Energy Management
Southern Energy Management is a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company offering energy efficiency testing, green building verification and turn-key solar services for homeowners, builders, and business owners across the Southeast. A certified B Corp, SEM’s two-part mission is to improve the way people make and use energy and to build a prosperous company that supports people and the planet. SEM is among a small handful of companies in the U.S. to earn the national ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for being named Partner of the Year six consecutive times, in addition to being named a CED N..C Company to Watch in 2011 and receiving the 2011 City of Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award. For more information, visit www.southern-energy.com.

About the N.C. Solar Center
The North Carolina Solar Center, at N.C. State University, is a public service center with the mission of advancing a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. The N.C. Solar Center serves as a resource for innovative, clean energy technologies through demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. It also administers the Database of Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a resource providing financial incentives and policies. For more information, visit ncsc.ncsu.edu.

NC Solar Center to offer accredited geothermal training course starting April 29th

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

If you haven’t heard, the Solar Center is now drilling for energy! In response to the need for more geothermal installer training, the NC Solar Center is offering a 40- hour International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Installer course.  This week-long Geothermal course will be held on April 29 – May 3, 2013 in Raleigh, and is part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series.

This week-long workshop is designed for developers, architects, manufacturers, distributors, dealers, installers, HVAC contractors, trenching/drilling contractors, and anyone who desires a working knowledge of this innovative and rapidly growing technology. Representatives from public utilities, private utilities, and rural electric cooperatives can also benefit from training.  NC well contractors receive up to 40 CEU from the NC Well Contractors Certification Commission. Click here to register now!

 

Certificate in Renewable Energy Management Groups Produce First-Rate Projects

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by shannon No Comments

The N.C. Solar Center completed another successful round of the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management (CREM) program. CREM is the only program in the country that is especially designed for the non-installer that covers trends in renewable energy technology, federal and local policy, and financing strategies. Professionals who have attended the program come from diverse backgrounds – from engineering to marketing, and banking to project development.  The class, which typically runs for three months, requires participants attend 36-plus hours of online and onsite classes, complete the short quizzes and submit and present a group project. Each group project is comprised of professionals from different disciplines to work together and come up with a project that uses the skills and knowledge gained during the course of the program.

“For me, a particular highlight was viewing the class projects undertaken and presented by the students taking the program,” said Forrest Milder, a Boston-based lawyer who taught the course Practical Aspects of Renewable Energy Project Development, and was also a former chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.   “The students obviously put a first-class effort into their work and treated the assignment like a true business opportunity.  They interviewed potential off-takers, developers, accountants and lawyers, and some of the groups produced a classy work product that looked like it was done by a seasoned professional.   You could tell that these groups put a lot of work into it their presentation and it didn’t look like a mere class project.”

Projects have included feasibility studies, a study on community solar’s perils and promise, and proposals for clean energy systems in manufacturing. The fall 2012 class projects involved creative ways to have solar installation on schools and university buildings, and a non-profit business plan to distribute pre-fabricated powerports with emergency and developing world use.

“The most tangible value that the class gets out of this particular course is the group project,” said Lyra Rakusin, Workforce Development Specialist at the N.C. Solar Center and course designer of CREM. “The effort that each group puts in analyzing the pros of a location, gathering the data, deciding which technology to use, and making the project work financially helps these professionals understand what it takes to make it in this growing industry. In the end, these are the skills needed to create the jobs of this century.”

While the CREM program caters to the non-technical side of renewables, the N.C. Solar Center continues to offer workshops for installers and system designers of solar electric, solar thermal, wind systems and home energy raters. The Center also has workshops for STEM teachers and community college instructors who wish to incorporate renewable energy into the classroom. That effort is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Program and the Solar Instructor Training Network.

For more information about the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management, contact Lyra Rakusin at lyra_rakusin@ncsu.edu or 919-624-3061.

N.C. Solar Center Offers New Training Programs for building analysts, green associates, educators

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by shannon No Comments

BPI, LEED GA, SIS, Oh my! The training programs team has been busy creating an alphabet soup of workshops for anyone with an interest in green energy. After all, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry isn’t just about installers and energy raters. The industry can only thrive when there are financial analysts, accountants, sales people, educators and a host of other job descriptions that exist in other sectors of the economy.

In May, 15 professionals completed the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management (CREM). This program aims to help businesses in individuals navigate the complexities of renewable energy project development and management. The 40 credit hour workshop was kicked off by Southern Energy Management’s Bob Kingery last March 15th and ended with a talk by renowned Boston lawyer Forrest Milder who brought it home with class on the Practical Aspects of Renewable Energy Project Development. Four groups presented their projects, ranging from a community solar project to an industrial combined heat and power application with geothermal and solar back-up.

July brings a string of brand new workshops. Presented jointly with CleanEdison, the Solar Center is now offering the Building Performance Institute – Building Analyst (BPI-Building Analyst) five-day workshop and the two-day Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Green Associates (LEED-GA) workshop. The BPI – Building Analyst is the newest workshop to become integrated into the Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) Diploma Series. As such, taking this workshop together with two other 40-hour courses would count towards your RET Diploma. Other workshops belonging to the RET Diploma Series include PV fundamentals, PV-Advanced, Solar Thermal, Wind, and CREM.

On top of the new energy efficiency and green building workshops, the Center is also focused on bringing instructor training to a different level. In 2010, the Solar Center was named one of eight Regional Training Providers in the country to be a part of the U.S. Department of Energy funded Solar Instructor Training Network. Originally focused on training instructors to teach future installers, the Center has expanded instructor training to not only involve technical instructors in community colleges, but also to include STEM teachers and other tertiary level educators in other disciplines who might want to integrate solar topics in the classroom. Thus, the Solar Instructor Series was created.

The Solar Instructor Series is a program for educators who are committed to introducing photovoltaic  (PV) concepts into the classroom. Whether it is in a basics of electricity class, a sustainable business course, or an alternative energy degree, educators in this program will gain information and access to resources to help them teach solar to their students.  There are 11 workshops in this series. All of these workshops are available to the public and can be accessed without being in the program. But only those accepted in and are committed to the goals of the program can avail of the deep discounts to these workshop. To get the list of courses offered under the Solar Instructor Series, and to apply, go to go.ncsu.edu/solartrainers.

Certificate in Renewable Energy Management class starting in July – sign up now!

Posted on: May 16th, 2012 by shannon No Comments

This program is for the non-installer, who would like to learn more about policy, technologies, and finance in the renewable energy industry.  It’s a unique program, and the only one like it offered in the country! Participants attend class both in person and online, and have a group project to wrap up the end of the course.

Seats fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up soon.  The first 10 registratns receive $200 off the cost of the class, so remember to ask if you are one of the first ten to register!

Learn more and register

N.C. Solar Center Offers New Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by shannon No Comments
First non-degree program of its kind in North America

 Classes Start March 15th – Seats are still available!

Renewable energy and energy efficiency activity in North Carolina have been booming since the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard passed in the summer of 2007. In 2011, North Carolina’s clean energy sector employment grew by 18 percent from 12,500 employees in 2010. Meanwhile, participation for N.C. Solar Center’s photovoltaic training alone increase by 248 percent in 2010 as compared to the number of PV class participants in 2006.

The boom in the renewable energy industry has matured to involve more non-technical personnel who don’t necessarily have a renewable energy background. With tax credits and other incentives available, project development has become more competitive – and complicated. To help advance the market, the N.C. Solar Center is launching the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management (CREM) in March 2012 and is offering its Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series online.

“The N.C. Solar Center has always been at the heart of educating professionals and the North Carolina public on renewable energy technologies,” says Lyra Rakusin with the Solar Center’s Training Programs. “It was a natural progression to now offer classes for people involved in project management and sales. It also made sense to add online versions of our installer-focused courses to allow for more flexibility.”

The Certificate in Renewable Energy Management is a 40-hour hybrid program offered with both online and on-site components to maximize class communication and networking opportunities. Supported in part by Southern Energy Management and the Department of Energy’s Solar Instructor Training Network, this non-credit certificate program will be offered from March to May, and is the only non-degree program of its kind in North America that includes topics to help develop commercial-scale projects. A group project to be presented at the last day of class is required to complete the course.

The program is also taught in alignment with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Task Analysis for PV Technical Sales so that taking this in combination with our installer classes and other NABCEP requirements gives participants eligibility  to sit for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Examination.

Bob Kingery, co-Founder and President of Southern Energy Management teaches the first two days of the program that focuses on technology. “As a business owner myself, I can attest to the importance of continued training for technical and non-technical personnel in this ever changing and growing industry,”” says Kingery. “When I learned that it was a program that covered topics on policy and finance, I was quick to offer my support.”

The focus of the CREM program is tri-fold: Technology, Finance and Policy. These areas are the main drivers that move the renewable energy industry forward. Topics include:

 

  • Overview of solar electric, solar thermal, wind, and other renewable energy technologies
  • Renewable energy policy landscape (learning to navigate the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (www.DSIREusa.org)website
  • Introduction to definitions, identifying revenue streams and financing options, and risk management and contract structuring

 

Elective topics on marketing, sales and understanding the utility will be offered.  Over 44 hours of topics are available, but one need only take 40 hours to earn the certificate. The more technical weeklong workshops under the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series that are geared for installers are also available and can help give a more in-depth understanding of specific technologies.

The first online photovoltaic workshop is scheduled for April to May and will run for six weeks, including five hours a week of live, online classes, which is also recorded so it can be downloaded at a later time. Those who wish to get hands-on training can take the one-day, hands-on Solar workshop that will be offered throughout the year.

For those who are interested in shorter courses, one to two day workshops are available. Visit www.ncsc.ncsu.edu where you can view of a list of training and events.

Contact:

Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Maria  O’Farrell, N.C. Solar Center, 919-538-8287, maria_ofarrell@ncsu.edu

 

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Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

A Program on Technology, Policy and Finance for Renewable Energy Project Development

This course is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. Business professionals and students are keenly aware of the changing energy landscape. Many professionals want to know more about the renewable energy industry but find that available workshops on renewables are too technical or geared for the installer. The goal of the CREM program is not only to provide a sound foundation of how existing renewable energy technologies work, but also to have a firm grasp of policies and financial options so they can make informed decisions as a manager and businessperson in the renewable energy industry.

The 40-hour CREM program is part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series.

 

CREM graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of how solar electric and solar thermal technologies work.
  • Describe renewable energy policy terminology.
  • Understand how federal, state and local policies, incentives and regulations can affect the health of the renewable energy industry.
  • Navigate the current financial landscape and assess different financial models
  • Get NABCEP Technical Sales education credits for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam (must meet other NABCEP requirements)

 

Don’t need the Certificate? You can take these short-courses housed under the CREM program.

Certifications and Continuing Education Credits:

  • Pathway to NABCEP Technical Sales Certification
  • Continuing education credits: AIA LUs, PDHs, CPA CEU, NC Bar Association CLE

 

Topics and Activities Include:

Technology

  • Basics of how solar technologies work
  • Technology applications and business considerations
  • Common technical issues
  • Future of the grid
  • Tour of systems

Policy

  • Overview of the renewable energy policy landscape
  • Definitions and how policy design impacts financial investments
  • Maximize the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) website

Finance

  • Overview of financing options for residential and commercial Systems
  • RECs, sRECs and Carbon Credits
  • Identifying revenue streams
  • Risk management and contract structuring

 

Additional topics for marketing, sales, and understanding the permitting process will likewise be offered.

 

Location:

The program is onsite and online. Participants are required to be present in Raleigh, North Carolina on the first two days and last day of class. A day-long class mid-course will be held in Raleigh and also be available online. The majority of the course topics will be a recorded 2-hour or less webinar that may be retrieved at a later time. This provides more flexibility to those who cannot attend the live online session.

 

Expectations and Outcomes:

Participants will be required to attend 90% of the class, pass the short quizzes and submit a group project and a 5-10 page document of their project to complete the program. Successful students receive a non-degree certificate from NC State University.

Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing education credits are available for registered architects, professional engineers and Certified Public Accountants.

 

Schedule and Fees:

Spring 2013: March 13 – May 21, 2014

Need to pay by installment? Email Lyra_Rakusin@ncsu.edu.

September  – November , 2014 TBA

Click here to download the tentative schedule of courses.

 Registration Fee: $1,998     $1,798

2014 Dates scheduled onsite in Raleigh: March 13 – 14, April 9, and May 21.

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Don’t need the Certificate?

Register for these CREM classes individually:

Overview of Renewable Energy Technology and Project Development

March 13 – 14, 2014. This 14-hour course includes topics on how technologies work, market trends, siting projects, choosing the right technology and products for a project, and tours of renewable energy systems and the FREEDM System Center. $499. Registration will be up soon.

Credits: AIA, PDHs

One-day Solar Business Basics

April 9, 2014. This day-long class covers and overview of federal and North Carolina policies, policies that drive global and domestic markets, solar financial modeling, and ownership structures using tax credits.  $399  $299 Registration will be up soon.

Credits: 8 AIA, 8 PDHs, 8 CPA, 3.5 CLE

Practical Aspects of Renewable Energy Project Development

May 21, 2014. This half-day class review policy and contracts to help manage and assess risks of project development, and covers topics on contract structuring and documentation. $149

Credits: 3.5  AIA, 3.5 PDHs, 3.5 CPA, 3.5 CLE

 

For more information contact Lyra Rakusin  or 919.513.7769

Green Job Training in the Southeast

Posted on: August 30th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

Story by: cleanenergy.org

Recently, it seems that every politician has the exact same top three priorities: Jobs, Jobs and Jobs. Some of those jobs can come in the form of green jobs. Green jobs vary from manufacturing and construction to sales and consulting. Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups championing green employment defines a green job as: “paying decent wages and benefits that can support a family. It has to be part of a real career path, with upward mobility. And it needs to reduce waste and pollution and benefit the environment.”

Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment Security Division, Labor Market Information Section, Green Jobs Study, Spring 2011Distribution of Green Jobs in Tennessee. Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment Security Division, Labor Market Information Section, Green Jobs Study, Spring 2011 

Sold on green jobs but not sure where to start? Several colleges and organizations offer quick training in the field of your choice and some manufacturing companies partner with neighboring colleges to train future employees. Listed below are just a few upcoming green job training opportunities here in the Southeast:

One-day, weekend, or week-long workshops:

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification is highly recommended for individuals pursuing employment in solar PV, solar thermal, and small wind installation fields. Several Southeastern groups provide the training necessary for the NABCEP tests, as well as other certifications. If you are interested in certification, here are some non-degree training programs to check out:

  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.)- ASU’s 2011 workshop series is in full swing. Most workshops are held on Saturdays. Upcoming sessions include Community Scale Wind, Solar Hot Water, Small Wind, Microhydro, and PV Design, and the National Electric Code.
  • North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (Raleigh, N.C.)- NCSC is hosting week-long classes this fallin solar PV, solar thermal, small wind, and green building.
  • Southface (Atlanta, Ga.) – Southface is a great resource for one-day training in a variety of energy efficiency fields, such as building weatherization and energy auditing.
  • Tennessee Solar Institute (throughout Tenn.) – TSI partnered with colleges across the state in the past year to provide free, week-long training courses in solar PV installation.

There are several local colleges who have semester courses in a variety of green fields. For example, Pellissippi State in Knoxville, Tennessee has a solar PV installation program.

Solar Manufacturing

Recently, Tennessee has attracted several large solar manufacturing facilities. These companies are partnering with local colleges to provide training for future employees.

These are just a few of the green job training opportunities available in our region, and more will develop as the market for renewable energy grows here and elsewhere. The Southeast is expected to be a manufacturing hub for the rest of the nation, according to the Department of Energy’s report 20% Wind Energy by 2030. Solar energy job growth in the Southeast has grown at least 34% just in the past year according to the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census. In addition, there’s huge opportunity in the Southeast for energy efficiency improvements. As our nation’s clean energy portfolio grows, the Southeast is primed and ready to be a leader in green manufacturing and services.

Workforce Development

Posted on: March 27th, 2011 by admin

 

Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series

The Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series is a non-degree professional development programs that allows participants to build interdisciplinary courses that give an in-depth understanding of several renewable energy technologies, as well as residential green building principles and strategies. Since 2004, the Solar Center has been the ISPQ-Accredited Training Program –Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. This Diploma Series’ five-day workshops focus on intermediate and advanced solar electric technologies (photovoltaics), solar thermal technology, and small wind technology. We also offer a 5th course in residential green building strategies.  You must complete 3 five-day workshops within three years to complete your RET Diploma.

A certificate of completion from N.C. State University is given at the end of each weekly course.

Anyone can earn these diplomas but we also offer professional credits for: NC electrical contractors , registered architects, professional engineers, and LEED accredited professionals can receive continuing education credits by taking these courses.

 

Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

Business professionals and students studying to be in the private sector are keenly aware of the changing energy landscape. Many professionals want to know more about the renewable energy industry but find that available workshops in renewable energy are too technical or geared for the installer. The goal of the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management is not only to provide a sound foundation of how existing renewable energy technologies work, but also to have a firm grasp of the technology, policies and financial options so they can make informed decisions as a manager and businessperson in the renewable energy industry.


Short-Course Professional Development Workshops

Outside or in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Technologies, the Solar Center’s Training Program team also offers short-course workshops spanning no more than three days. The workshops may offer a combination of continuing education and professional credits for AIA members, professional engineers and other licensed trades.

 

Southern Mid-Atlantic Provider of Solar Instructor Training (SMAPSIT)

This DOE-funded Solar Instructor Series is specifically targeted at full time community college instructors in NC, SC, DC, VA and MD teaching electrical, plumbing, or HVAC. For more information and applications please click on the link above.

 

Green Energy Jobs

Check out our resources and learn more about how to find a job in the fast-growing green energy industry.

 
 

N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Training program staff biographies:

 

Maria O’Farrell- Program Manager

Lyra Rakusin- Extension Specialist

Joann Henry- Workforce Development Program Assistant