The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is hosting their annual 30-minute insight sessions at SPI 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year, they’ve wrapped their full 3iForum into one day, beginning with sessions from IREC’s independent solar thought leaders at 11a.m. and ending with their national 3iAwards ceremony from 4:30 to 5 p.m. IREC will be located at the Industry Trends booth #171 on the SPI exhibition floor.
Tuesday, September 13
11:00am – 12:00pm (two 30-minute sessions) | Help Build Consumer Confidence: Empower Customers with Knowledge
Learn about new tools you can put in your customers’ hands, new insights and new approaches to support consumer understanding of the solar installation and connection process. Help them feel protected and confident moving into today’s distributed energy environment. Larry Sherwood, President/CEO, IREC
2:00pm – 2:30pm | Cracking the Nut: Multi-tenant Units
More developers are seeking ways to accommodate rooftop solar on multi-tenant units. Learn about efforts in California and other states to tap into this valuable market, address the barriers, and serve more customers. Sara Baldwin Auck, Regulatory Director, IREC
3:30pm – 4:00pm | Fire Fighters and Code Officials Get New PV Training
Code officials, the fire service and other ‘allied’ professions are now encountering PV technology more frequently. Hear what these professionals are learning about solar, and how this supports your business growth. Consumer confidence = continued growth of the PV industry. Laure-Jeanne Davignon, Director Workforce/Credentialing, IREC
4:00pm – 4:30pm | Connecting to the Grid – Making it Easy
Learn the key components of good interconnection procedures, why they matter to market growth and how to streamline and simplify the process of connecting to the grid without compromising safety and reliability. Sara Baldwin Auck, Regulatory Director, IREC
4:30pm – 5:00pm | IREC National 3iAwards Ceremony
Join us as we announce our 2016 awardees, the nation’s best people, programs and projects in both renewable energy and energy efficiency. This year, nearly 1,000 of you voted for our finalists. Come help us honor the 2016 award winners, and stick around for cake!
Wednesday, September 14
11:00am | What Keeps Electric Utility HR Managers Awake at Night?
Anyone looking at hiring new engineers interested in developing new talent for the future grid, and/or creating human resource infrastructure for retaining existing professional staff should attend. This includes those tasked with the hiring needs of their respective company, both the technical operation and planning, as well as HR staff. Joseph Sarubbi, IREC’s project director for GEARED (Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment) joins the Electric Power Research Institute’s Tom Reddoch and Steven Coley to share information about recruiting and retaining the next generation of power system engineers.
News item from IREC.