March 1, 2016

Richard Lawrence to Host Intersolar Summit USA East

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 10:11 am

NABCEP is thrilled to partner with Intersolar for the Intersolar Summit USA East in Brooklyn on March 24, 2016. NABCEP Executive Director, Richard Lawrence, will be hosting the event, announcing sessions and speakers throughout the day.

With momentum gathering through the extension of the ITC, and both solar and energy storage markets surging in the northeast, the Summit is once again the key platform for solar and storage professionals in the region. This program covers the whole spectrum of topics currently impacting the solar and energy storage industries designed to give you insight into the latest developments and business opportunities in this ever-growing market. You can also take advantage of valuable business network opportunities with leading executives and suppliers in order to pave the way for future business.

Benefits of attending this conference include:

  • Connect with a vast number of regional and international key stakeholders (installers, legislatures, project developers, manufacturers, EPC and many more).
  • Benefit from first-hand expertise about the current business climate and latest policy updates presented by local thought leaders.
  • Receive insights on latest trends and future expactations for the solar and energy storage market.
  • Develop strategies and action plans to facilitate the localization of solar PV and energy storage at the US East Coast.
  • Discuss barriers and opportunities for the sustainable development of the East Coast markets.
  • Review innovative financing and investment tools for solar energy development.

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

To read more and register for this conference, click here.

 For a 10% discount on registration, use the following code: 52B4D15882

NABCEP Certified Professionals are eligible to receive a 20% Discount on Conference Registration. Please email Sue Pratt at for the discount code.

December 18, 2015

Congress Passes Solar ITC Bill

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 1:39 pm

Clifton Park, NY- December 18, 2015

Today is a big day for the solar industry, as Congress has passed a spending package that includes multi-year extensions of solar and wind tax credits, plus one-year extensions for a range of other renewable energy technologies.

Under the legislation, the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar will be extended for another three years. It will then ramp down incrementally through 2021, and remain at 10 percent permanently beginning in 2022. President Obama is expected to pass the bill into law by the end of the day.

This ITC extension provides stability for longer term plans and allows the industry to ramp up solar in a sustainable way. NABCEP is pleased and excited to announce this major policy development.

December 14, 2015

NABCEP Announces Accreditation of First New York State Residential PV Installation Company

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 9:31 am

Clifton Park, NY (December 7, 2015) –

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is very pleased to announce that Apex Solar Power of Glens Falls, New York has achieved NABCEP Company Accreditation. This company is the first in New York State to achieve this credential. To earn this accreditation, Apex Solar Power had to undergo a thorough and rigorous application and review process that included the submission of procedures and policies and an independent, third party inspections of previously installed systems. The core elements of NABCEP Company Accreditation include: employment of NABCEP certified installation and technical sales personnel, documented and consistent policies and programs as they relate to the operations of the company, ongoing worker training program(s), and a strong focus on worker safety.

The NABCEP Company Accreditation Program was initially funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NABCEP is proud to add a New York State Company to the growing list of companies that have achieved this credential.

“Apex Solar Power is very proud to be the first Solar Company in the North Eastern United States to achieve the highest and most respected Company-wide accreditation in the Solar Industry,” says Co-founder and Owner of Apex Solar Power, Marvin Dobert. “Because of NABCEP training and best practices, thousands of homeowners have received quality installs from Apex that will power their homes from the Sun for the rest of their lives.”

About Apex Solar Power:  Apex has emerged as a leader in the solar industry in upstate New York, serving customers from the Canadian border, to Orange County, to Syracuse New York. Stan Dobert Founded Apex in 2007 as a solar thermal design and installation company. Today, Apex has installed over 8 megawatts of solar electric systems, with combined experience in the installation of over 25MW in solar projects. Apex Solar Power’s installation credentials are diverse, and through installation partnerships with Sungevity, Real Goods (RGS), Posigen, and NRG. We focus on the optimization of each system to best suit each customer’s needs.

NABCEP Announces New Addition to Board of Directors

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 9:27 am

Clifton Park, NY-  December 3, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Rebekah Hren has been elected to the NABCEP Board of Directors. Rebekah is a North Carolina licensed electrical contractor, NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installation Professional, and PV instructor and curriculum developer for Solar Energy International and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

Rebekah’s focus is PV design, installation, maintenance and Code-compliance inspections for system of all sizes. She has worked as an owner’s representative for utility-scale solar farms since 2009. Prior to 2009 she installed residential-scale PV systems as Vice President of Honey Electric Solar. Rebekah has co-authored two books: “A Solar Buyer’s Guide” and “The Carbon-Free Home”, and frequently writes technical articles for PV trade magazines.

The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that NABCEP offers credentials that are relevant, meaningful, and offer value to practitioners and consumers. Both the NABCEP Board and staff are looking forward to working with Rebekah in her new capacity.

August 5, 2015

NABCEP Seeking Input on New PV and Solar Heating System Inspector Credentials

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 10:16 am

Clifton Park, NY (August 5, 2015)-

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, Inc. (NABCEP) has released two online surveys to collect stakeholder input on proposed PV System Inspector and Solar Heating System Inspector credentials.  The credentials are intended for individuals performing system inspections for authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), utilities, incentive programs, investors, or others responsible for photovoltaic and solar hot water system quality assurance and code compliance.

Inspectors are a key component in ensuring quality renewable energy installations for customers. The new credentials are meant to encourage those who are responsible for inspecting systems to increase their knowledge and learn what to look for when performing their job as it relates to solar technologies. Companies that have been performing comprehensive PV system inspections nationwide have found that even after local permitting and inspection, more than 25% of systems being installed today have major or critical issues, and only a quarter are trouble-free.

NABCEP convened committees of subject matter experts to develop draft Job Task Analyses (JTA) for both PV System Inspectors and Solar Heating System Inspectors. The JTAs define the tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities associated with performing inspections of solar electric and solar hot water systems. JTAs are the foundation for any personnel credential. The system inspector JTAs will guide training activities across the country and serve as the blueprint for a NABCEP examination.

The online surveys are designed to obtain broad stakeholder input in order to validate the draft JTAs. During the surveys, participants are asked to rate the tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities contained in the JTA according to their importance, criticality, and frequency. Participation in this survey will help NABCEP ensure that the examinations developed accurately measure the knowledge critical for performing PV and solar heating system inspections.

To view the draft Job Task Analysis for the PV System Inspector Credential, Click Here.

To view the draft Job Task Analysis for the SH System Inspector Credential, Click Here.

The surveys are open until August 31, 2015. To complete the survey please visit: for the Photovoltaic System Inspector survey and for the Solar Heating System Inspector survey.

July 13, 2015

NABCEP Announces Associate Program

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 10:50 am

Industry-Recognized Credential Promotes Standards for Renewable Energy Workforce

July 13, 2015 (Clifton Park, NY)-

On the tenth anniversary of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP) Entry Level Program, NABCEP announces major changes at Intersolar North America. Since 2005, at hundreds of colleges and education facilities, tens of thousands of individuals have completed training based on one of NABCEP’s set of Entry Level Learning Objectives. The NABCEP Board of Directors has recently approved changes to the program that helped launch the careers of so many in the industry. The changes will facilitate greater access to the credentials and increased use by employers as a way to identify those who have demonstrated a basic knowledge of fundamental principles and concepts in the application, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic, solar heating, or small wind systems. To best reflect the changes being made, and recognize the achievement of those passing these exams, the NABCEP Entry Level Program is being rebranded the “NABCEP Associate Program.”

The approved changes will include the addition of an experience-based pathway, where an individual who has at least 6 months of experience working in the PV, solar heating, or small wind industry will be eligible to sit for the relevant exam. Those without experience can still qualify to sit for an Associate Exam by completing training through one of the over 250 registered NABCEP Exam Providers. NABCEP Associates will be provided with a logo and wordmark that they can use to recognize their accomplishment, and NABCEP will maintain an online directory where employers or other interested parties can verify the credentials. NABCEP Associates will need to document at least 12 hours of Continuing Education every three years to maintain the credential. Individuals who have previously passed a NABCEP Entry Level Exam will be able to obtain this new designation through a simple registration process.

“NABCEP’s Associate Program will provide those achieving the credential a respected mark of distinction signifying their knowledge of the technology and commitment to safety and quality standards,” said Don Warfield, NABCEP Chair. “As demand for a skilled, clean energy workforce continues to grow, NABCEP Associate credentials will assure employers, consumers, and other stakeholders that these individuals have attained a threshold of knowledge enabling them to perform basic services.”

“As NABCEP continues its mission to offer quality credentialing programs for the renewable energy industry, we are pleased to announce the NABCEP Associate Program for those starting their careers in this rapidly growing industry,” said Richard Lawrence, Executive Director “A workforce trained to NABCEP’s competency-based, industry-verified standards enhances consumer confidence, improves quality, and expands the use of clean, renewable power.”

The NABCEP Associate Credentials, Professional Certifications, and Company Accreditation offer industry professionals increased credibility and marketing value, providing them with a competitive advantage and greater career mobility, while improving industry quality and standards of practice.

July 6, 2015

Earn NABCEP CEU’s at Intersolar North America

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 9:08 am

NABCEP and Intersolar have selected 11 exhibiting companies to offer in-depth technical training workshops and hands-on product workshops. Attendees will earn 2 NABCEP Continuing Education Units for each two-hour workshop for a maximum of 8 CEU’s. These workshops will keep you up to speed on the latest technologies and best practices for the design, installation, and maintenance of code-compliant PV systems in three dedicated tracks.

All attendees are eligible for a 10% discount off the $95 Installation Workshop Package by using the following discount code: ISNAGRP2501

The $95 price includes access to all installation workshops and an Expo Hall Pass.

Topics covered during these workshops include: IT/Software Solutions for Installers, Solar Racking & Mounting Best Practices,Inverter Selection and Installation PV System Design Strategies, Charge ControllerDesign, Achieving Compliance with NEC 2014

Click Here for more information and to register for these workshops.

NABCEP Executive Director, Richard Lawrence, will be giving two presentations on Thursday, July 16,2015 at the Inovation & Application Stage :

1:00 – 1:30 – Introducing the NABCEP Associate Program

1:30 – 2:00 – Credential for the Company: NABCEP Company Accreditation

Richard Lawrence will also be moderating an Executive Panel Discussion on July 15, 2015 from 4:10-5:00 PM at the the 14th PV Briefing & Networking Forum USA.

Don’t forget to stop by the booth and say ‘hi’ to NABCEP Staff and Volunteers at Booth #8639!

Click Here for more information on Intersolar North America.

June 22, 2015

NABCEP Certification Deadline Nears as States and Utilities Announce New Requirements

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 2:35 pm

The Application Deadline for NABCEP’s Fall 2015 Certification Exams is August 7, 2015

Clifton Park, NY (June 22, 2015) – The State of Rhode Island is the most recent to have joined the growing number of government and utility programs that are recognizing the consumer protection value that NABCEP Certification provides. They join programs ranging from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Austin Energy, Connecticut Green Bank, and Duke Energy, to the states of Utah, Maine, and Louisiana, which use NABCEP Certification as a pathway to access financial incentives and/or obtain a license to install systems.

Solar energy finance and insurance providers are also recognizing NABCEP. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s recently published Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) Best Practices in PV System Installation, a document intended to increase investor confidence in solar assets, includes NABCEP Certification among recommended contractor qualifications. In addition, insurance companies like Prosight Speciality Insurance are offering rating credits to contractors that have NABCEP Certified professionals on staff.

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) administers certifications for solar installation and technical sales professionals. There are a myriad of benefits that come with being NABCEP Certified. For the solar professional, it promotes consumer confidence and differentiates the certificate holder from competitors. Certification validates job experience and training, and allows for professional advancement and mobility. Many additional benefits, such as discounts on conferences, are available to certificants through exclusive deals from some of the industry’s top product and services providers.

NABCEP administers the Certification Exams twice per year at test sites across the US and Canada. In order to be eligible for the fall exam, held on October 24, 2015, candidates must submit applications by August 7. Each of NABCEP’s Certifications – PV Installation Professional, PV Technical Sales Professional, and Solar Heating Installer – has a variety of qualifying pathways with different education and experience requirements. All required education and experience must be completed by the application deadline. The best way to identify if additional training or experience is needed is to start an application at The October 24, 2015 Certification Exam will be the first to be based off the 2014 NEC®.

June 15, 2015

NABCEP Photo Contest Now Open!

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 1:10 pm

Clifton Park, NY (June 15, 2015): NABCEP has started a photo contest to diversify the portfolio of photos used in its advertising and marketing materials. This contest will also serve to compile and showcase the best the solar industry has to offer.

NABCEP will be accepting photos until July 24, 2015, and they will be judged on the following criteria:

A. Photographic quality
B. Scenic or artistic beauty
C. Photos that are conducive to NABCEP’s marketing objectives. Ideal photos may include:
•Diversity in the workplace
•Representation of NABCEP’s credentials, including Photovoltaic Installation, Solar Heating Installation, PV Technical Sales, Company Accreditation, and solar energy training
•Demonstration of proper workplace safety and installation practice

NABCEP will be awarding first, second, and third place winners of the photo contest. The first place winner will receive a GoPro® HERO4 SILVER. Second and Third place winners will each receive a Levin™ Solar Panel Charger.

Photos must be submitted via email to and must be accompanied by a completed and signed NABCEP Photo Contest Entry Form, and, if required, a completed and signed NABCEP Photo Contest Release Waiver.

To read the official contest rules and fill out an Entry Form, click here.


May 4, 2015

NABCEP to Request Input on Development of System Inspector Credential

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 3:47 pm

Clifton Park, NY (May 4, 2015)- NABCEP has been funded by the New York State Energy Development and Research Authority (NYSERDA) to develop credentials for PV and Solar Heating System Inspectors. The goal of this project is to develop and begin administering credentials for individuals who inspect customer-sited PV and solar hot water systems. Inspectors are a key component in ensuring quality renewable energy installations for customers. The credential will encourage those who are responsible for inspecting systems to increase their knowledge of these systems and what to look for when performing their job as it relates to solar technologies.

NABCEP has formed technical committees that have created draft Job Task Analysis (JTA) for each credential. A Job Task Analysis defines a set of knowledge, skills and abilities typically required of PV or Solar Heating System Inspectors.  The JTA guides the development of an exam by which individuals can demonstrate that they possess the skills and knowledge deemed necessary to do the job well.

We are now working closely with our testing contractor, Castle Worldwide, to complete a Validation Study for each new JTA. Once the Validation Survey is complete, it will be distributed through various outreach and social media channels in order to collect input.

NABCEP asks that you continue to check your e-mail, our website, and social media pages in the coming weeks in anticipation of the release of this survey.


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