February 28, 2011

NABCEP Announces Results of First PV Technical Sales Exam

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February 28, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to congratulate the 97 individuals who achieved a passing score on the recently administered PV Technical Sales Examination. The group of inaugural certificants has demonstrated extensive knowledge of the complex range of activities that make up a successful photovoltaic sales process. The job task analysis (JTA) that the exam is based on covers eight main topic areas: qualifying the customer; site analysis; conceptual design; financial costs, incentives, and savings; financial benefit analysis and financing; non-financial benefit analysis; performance analysis; and proposal preparation.

Don Warfield, chairperson of NABCEP, says, “Given the topic range of the exam, I’m confident that those who are certified as PV Technical Sale Professionals will be able to provide the highest level of ethical, accurate presentations of a proposed PV systems’ electrical, financial, and environmental performance projections.” He continues, “This credential dovetails nicely with our existing ‘gold-standard’ PV Installer Certification because it offers consumers quality assurance throughout the entire sales, installation, and commissioning process.”

Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s executive director, says, “This is the first certification program exam that NABCEP has delivered through a computer-based format—we are very happy with the outcome and have received almost universally positive feed back from exam candidates.” Auerbach continues, “We are already hearing a great deal of interest for the next administration of this exam, and we expect a much higher volume of candidates for the next round of testing.”

The second administration of the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam will be held July 15–30, 2011 at computer test centers across the US and Canada. The application deadline to sit for this round of the exam is May 6, 2011. All applications must be completed and received by NABCEP by that date for candidates to be considered for the July examination window. Candidates who complete their applications (including uploading all supporting documentation) before April 1, 2011 will receive a $25 discount on their application fee.

February 25, 2011

NABCEP Opens Online Store

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You can now show your support for NABCEP by displaying our corporate logo on a wide variety of items, ranging from cozy winter toques and pullover sweats to pens, flashlights, and even ANSI-approved safety caps. Visit our store at http://www.nabceponlinestore.org/, click on “The General Interest” tab and shop for NABCEP-branded goods. If you are a Certified NABCEP Installer don’t miss ”The Certificants Only” portion of the site where you can purchase clothing that is branded with the Certified Installer (or sales professional) logo, personalized with your name and certification number.

February 17, 2011

Trojan Battery Sponsors NABCEP

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 16, 2011Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries for renewable energy applications, today announced its corporate sponsorship of North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), which offers certification and entry-level knowledge assessment programs for renewable energy professionals throughout North America.

Trojan’s sponsorship of NABCEP training initiatives supports the continued development of industry standards for certification of photovoltaic (PV) system professionals.  Certification ensures that PV practitioners have demonstrated the proper knowledge and training to effectively specify, build and install PV systems.  It is in the best interest of the PV marketplace that consumers have access to certified PV professionals to ensure their systems function properly, as well as preserve the longevity of the batteries that may power those systems. 

“As the renewable energy market continues its rapid growth, demand for skilled installation professionals will continue to be needed,” said Dean Middleton, Trojan director of renewable energy sales, Americas.  “Trojan’s sponsorship of NABCEP will assist in expanding the knowledge and expertise of renewable energy system professionals which will greatly support the adoption of alternative energy applications. The more qualified the installer is, the less failures in the field.”

“NABCEP is a respected leader in the industry as a professional credentialing organization.  Trojan’s support of these programs ensures the establishment of standards and benchmarks for PV professionals which will secure the future of the renewable energy marketplace,” Middleton said.

As part of its support for NABCEP programs, Trojan will provide product literature, technical support and sample batteries to the many training organizations that help prepare PV professionals for NABCEP certification exams.  Trojan also will offer its expertise in deep cycle battery technology by developing continuing education programs which are offered to PV industry professionals. 

 “Trojan has a long history of leadership in the renewable energy marketplace and the company’s generous support of NABCEP is one more example of its commitment to continuous improvement and growth of the industry,” said Ezra Auerbach, executive director of NABCEP.   “Trojan already has an excellent relationship with our organization and its installer training on batteries is a valuable contribution to the continuing education of our certified professionals.”

 “On behalf of the NABCEP board of directors, I offer my thanks to Trojan for their assistance in helping our organization with its program development and outreach efforts.  Support from the industry is particularly gratifying because it shows NABCEP is accomplishing its goals of awarding credentials that are relevant and meaningful to consumers, manufacturers and practitioners,” Auerbach said.

February 14, 2011

Join Solar Industry Leaders

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SolarTech’s Leadership Summit, March 29-30, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA, will address fundamental best practices to accelerate the solar industry’s long-term place in the U.S. energy mix.

Some of today’s top industry leaders are on the agenda, including:

  • Ezra Auerbach – Executive Director, NABCEP
  • Jane Weissman – Executive Director, IREC
  • Adam Browning, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Vote Solar Initiative
  • Michael Eckhart – President, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), Founder – Solar Bank
  • Jennifer DeCesaro – Program Lead, DOE / EERE Solar Energy Market Transformation
  • Larry Sherwood – Project Administrator, Solar America Board of Codes & Standards
  • Bill Brooks – Brooks Engineering, SolarABCs
  • Michael Peevey – President, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Molly Tirpak-Sterkel – California Solar Initiative Program Manager, CPUC
  • Barbara Halsey – Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board
  • Danny Kennedy – Founder, Sungevity
  • Sue Kateley – Executive Director, CALSEIA
  • Dr. Woodrow Clark, Founder / Managing Partner Clark Strategic Partners
  • Brian Steel, Vice President of Corporate Development, PG&E
  • Donnie Fowler – Strategic Advisor “No on 23 Campaign”, Principal – Dogpatch Strategies
  • Angiolo Laviziano – CEO, REC Solar
  • Ed Feo – Managing Partner, US Renewables Group
  • Matt Cheney – CEO, Cleanpath Ventures
  • Jeff Anderson – Executive Director, Clean Economy Network
  • Bettina Weiss – Executive Director SEMI PV Group
  • Kevin Surace – CEO, Serious Materials
  • Andrew Beebe – Chief Commercial Officer, Suntech
  • Ned Harvey – COO, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Hugh Kuhn – SVP / COO, Solar Power Partners
  • Lisa Frantzis – Managing Director, Navigant Consulting
  • Scott Clavenna – CEO, Greentech Media
  • Shayle Kann – Managing Director, Solar, Greentech Media
  • Evelyn Butler – Energy Director, Underwriters Laboratories
  • Tom Tansy – Chair, Sunspec Alliance 
  • Eric Alderman – CEO, SolarNexus

If you register before March 15 you can get a 20% discount by using a NABCEP code.  Contact NABCEP to receive the discounted code at info@nabcep.org

February 2, 2011

NABCEP Revises Eligibility Criteria for Small Wind Installer

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February 2, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY) – NABCEP

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to release revised eligibility criteria for their Small Wind Installer Certification.  The revised criteria will become effective immediately. Candidates wishing to apply for the September 2011 administration of the Small Wind Installer Certification Exam will use the revised criteria, which allows for a wider range of wind practitioners to take the exam and achieve the certification.

Mick Sagrillo, the Chairperson of NABCEP’s Small Wind Technical Committee, says, “The basic principal in changing the criteria is inclusion. The current standards are aimed at installers who have experience in all aspects of small wind installations – tilt-up, crane assisted, and towers over 80 feet. With strong input from small wind industry stakeholders, we learned that many highly qualified and well-trained individuals were excluded from the exam because of the type of installation they commonly perform – which in many cases is governed by local geography, codes, or zoning standards.”

The revised criteria will be based on three levels of experience and the qualifying level of experience will be noted with the certification offered. Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s executive director explains, “All candidates will take the same exam that is based on the published and approved Small Wind Installer Job Task Analysis. The level of experience under which the candidate qualifies to sit for the certification exam will be reflected in the credential they are awarded. For example, an applicant who has qualified to sit for the exam under Level 1 experience requirements will be awarded with NABCEP Certified Small Wind Installer™ with Experience Level 1.” 

Some consistent minimum standards remain in effect for all levels of this credential. All candidates must document the following: a minimum of four installations, two of which have been operating for at least one year, and at least one installation completed with the assistance of a crane. Candidates applying to take the Small Wind Installer Exam will need to document experience as follows for the category they are applying under:

            Experience Level 1 – No minimum height restriction; installation utilizing a tilt-up tower required; installation using a crane is required; minimum rotor size or swept area not required.

            Experience Level 2 – Installation utilizing a tilt-up tower not required; experience with crane installed towers at least 80 feet high is required; at least two installations of wind generators that have minimum swept area of 100 square feet.

            Experience Level 3 – Installation utilizing a tilt-up tower at least 80 feet high is required; experience with crane installed towers at least 80 feet high is required; at least two installations of wind generators that have minimum swept area of 100 square feet.

NABCEP Chairperson Don Warfield states, “I welcome this change as a means of allowing more candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of all the aspects of the Small Wind Job Task Analysis – which covers all three experience levels. A greater number of certified small wind installers, especially ones whose experience is clearly identified, is a benefit to consumers.”

The complete list of eligibility requirements for the Small Wind Installer Certification Exam can be found at www.nabcep.org.