July 29, 2011

Company Accreditation Survey is Open for Participation

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July 29, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to report that work continues to advance on the Company Accreditation program that was announced earlier this year. Owners and senior management personnel of residential and light commercial PV Installation companies are invited to offer their views on the proposed accreditation program by taking part in an online survey. The survey presents the requirements and electives of the program and asks respondents to indicate their agreement with each standard and the length of time it would take the responding company to meet each proposed standard. There are sections for input on the suggested cost of accreditation and, of course, an opportunity to offer general comments on the accreditation program proposal.

A cornerstone of all NABCEP programs is ensuring that they meet the needs of the renewable energy markets that are served and the company accreditation program is no exception. The accreditation program criteria was developed through a collaborative process involving a committee of business owners and senior managers. The intent of the survey is to validate the work of the committee and gather input that will enable them to review the markets’ response to their efforts and further fine tune the criteria to meet the needs of the PV installation industry.

Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s executive director says, “There has been much interest in the past few years in a program that will enable PV installation companies to demonstrate that they meet the highest standards in the industry. The company accreditation program is intended to allow the most outstanding companies in the industry to distinguish themselves. It offers them a way to show their customers that the entire company is committed to quality assurance.”

Individuals should visit http://www.surveywriter.net/in/survey/survey310/NABCEP_accr.asp to take part in the survey before August 15, 2011.

July 6, 2011

NABCEP Presents First Walt Ratterman Award

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June 13, 2011 (Boulder, CO) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) presented the first annual Walt Ratterman Award for Creative Community Energy to Wade Andrews of Namaste Solar in Boulder, Colorado on June 13, 2011. Wade, a NABCEP certificant, won for a 2010 domestic PV project on the Cal-Wood Education Center in Colorado.

The annual Walt Ratterman Award for Creative Community Energy was created by NABCEP to recognize and honor Walt Ratterman, one of NABCEP’s first certificants, who was killed while working in Haiti when the devastating earthquake struck in 2010. Walt’s astonishing renewable energy work among some of the worlds most needy was truly inspirational. Walt channeled his efforts into the non-profit company he co-founded, SunEnergy Power International (SunEPI). Since his death the company is no longer an active organization, although the website serves as a resource for past projects and a portal for supporting the  Solar Energy International (SEI) Walt Ratterman Scholarship Fund.  The company’s mission was “to promote an increased quality of life in remote, rural regions of the world through the use of renewable energy.” In addition to Haiti, Walt participated in humanitarian relief efforts in many diverse developing countries.

“By awarding this inaugural award to a domestic project, we hope it will inspire others to look around their own communities and see where work close to home can make a positive difference to the lives of their less fortunate neighbors,” said Ezra Auerbach, Executive Director of NABCEP.

Wade Andrews is a Namaste Solar co-owner and PV Installation Project Leader who led the crew that installed the system at Cal-Wood. “Namaste Solar is thrilled to be able to contribute to Cal-Wood’s ongoing mission by donating an 8.28 kW solar PV system to their main building,” said Wade. “Walt Ratterman is an inspiration to me and I look forward in the future to doing work further afield in honor of Walt,” he said during the award ceremony.

The system at Cal-Wood will allow both school students and adults who visit the center to learn about solar PV and its benefits. Many of the school students who visit Cal-Wood are from the city of Denver and often have had few if any experiences in the outdoors. Similarly, they may be unaware of renewable energy and its benefits.

The Walt Ratterman Award is presented each year to the NABCEP certificant who does the most creative public service oriented renewable energy project. Installations can be domestic or off shore and they must be performed at no charge for a not-for-profit or charitable organization. Don Warfield, chairperson of NABCEP says, “We hope the award will encourage more people to submit nominations next year for projects both here and abroad.”

Click here to leave the NABCEP site and go to Renewable Energy World to see video coverage of the award presentation. NABCEP does not endorse any advertisers on the REW site.”