May 25, 2016

NABCEP Announces Search for New Executive Director

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 8:19 am

PRESS RELEASE: May 25, 2016

 

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced today that it has launched a national search for a new Executive Director.

Don Warfield, Chair of the NABCEP Board of Directors, said, “We are very excited about the next phase of NABCEP’s organizational development. Our soon to be released NABCEP Associate Credential will allow thousands more candidates the opportunity to attain a NABCEP certification. This and other growth initiatives will be a tremendous opportunity for an Executive Director candidate possessing the knowledge and skills necessary to lead our organization into our next period of growth.”

Headquartered in New York’s Capital District, NABCEP is the premier certification organization serving the clean energy sector. It has grown significantly since it’s founding in 2002, and has benefited from broad stakeholder support and a legacy of effective leadership.

In his letter to the NABCEP board, outgoing Executive Director Richard Lawrence stated: “I am confident that the initiatives implemented during my tenure will provide a strong foundation for the ongoing growth and success of the organization in coming years. This is an exciting time in the solar industry and I look forward to continuing to support NABCEP’s mission in my future professional capacity. I am pleased I will be able to spend more time with my growing family while continuing to work with NABCEP during the transition period and beyond.”  Mr. Lawrence will serve as Executive Director until June 1, 2016 after which time he will continue to serve in an ongoing consulting capacity.

Board Chair Warfield remarked, “The Board is grateful to Richard Lawrence, our outgoing Executive Director, and especially wishes to recognize the progress and program enhancements made during his tenure. We appreciate the contributions of our outgoing leadership as well as the exceptional work and dedication of all of our NABCEP staff and volunteers.  Their collective work over the past decade has positioned our organization to help the solar industry grow in a responsible manner for the long-term benefit of system owners, product manufacturers, installers, and educational institutions.

Interested parties may seek information about the Executive Director position at www.nabcep.org/executivedirector.

May 17, 2016

NABCEP Awarded DOE Sunshot Funding to Expand Solar Workforce Credentialing Programs

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 2:18 pm
Federal cooperative agreement will enable updates the current NABCEP PV Installation Professional® Certification and development of three new solar personnel certifications.

CLIFTON PARK, NY (May 17, 2016) –  The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the leading provider of professional certification and company accreditation programs for the renewable energy industry, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $1.1 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. As one of the DOE Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) awardees, NABCEP will update and expand upon its personnel certification programs to address the changing needs of solar professionals, their employers, and stakeholders.

A major portion of the project will be dedicated to updating the existing NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification, which has been recognized as the gold standard for solar professionals since 2003.  While NABCEP updates examination questions on an ongoing basis, the foundational Job Task Analysis is revised through a comprehensive stakeholder input and industry validation process approximately every five years to ensure that the scope of the certification program remains relevant and in-line with current best practices.

“The competency and professionalism of solar workers is the foundation of a trusted, productive clean energy economy,” said Richard Lawrence, Executive Director for NABCEP. “As the industry evolves, it is important that NABCEP’s certification programs evolve as well.  The Job Task Analysis is how we capture the skill sets and competencies required of solar workers who ensure the quality and performance of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems.”

In 2017, NABCEP will launch three new certifications for individuals who have specialized in PV system design, installation, or maintenance.  The new certification programs will help to define personnel standards for these growing sectors of the industry and fill a major gap in solar workforce standards.  The certifications will be aligned with typical career paths that people take between entry level training and the many years of experience that are usually necessary to become a Certified PV Installation Professional.

About the SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour.

Disclaimer: “This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.”

May 4, 2016

NABCEP Partners with S3: Solar Software Summit

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 12:39 pm

May 3, 2016: Scottsdale, AZ- NABCEP is a proud supporting organization of the S3: Solar Software Summit  in Scottsdale, AZ on May 10, 2016.

S3 is the industry’s first dedicated event covering the growing solar software ecosystem. This one-day conference will present deep dives by top industry executives and thought leaders that will help attendees navigate the challenges in the market, as well as offer high level networking opportunities that enable attendees to advance corporate business strategies.

By attending the full conference event, you will have the opportunity to earn 6 NABCEP Continuing Education Credits.

To receive a 10% discount on registration, please use the following code:  NABCEP10

NABCEP Certified Professionals and employees of NABCEP Accredited Companies are eligible to receive a 20% Discount on Conference Registration. Please email Sue Pratt at info@nabcep.org for the discount code.

Register Now!

May 3, 2016

Intersolar North America Installation Workshops Selected

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 4:14 am

May 3, 2016-San Francisco, CA: NABCEP and Intersolar North America have partnered to select exhibiting companies to offer in-depth technical training workshops and hands-on product workshops. Attendees will earn 2 NABCEP CEUs for each two-hour workshop. These workshops keep you up to speed on the latest technologies and best practices for the design, installation, and maintenance of code-compliant PV and storage systems.

Installation Workshop Package: $95
(installation workshops, exhibition ticket)
Installer Advantage Package:
$295
(Installation Workshop Package, Contractor Day, Solar Summerfest)

Click here for the full training schedule