of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. DSIRE is a
comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives
and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in
1995, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the NC Solar Center and the Interstate
Renewable Energy Council funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Permit Process for PV Systems [PDF]. The information in this guideline is
intended to help local jurisdictions and contractors identify when PV system
installations are simple, needing only a basic review, and when an installation is
more complex. It is likely that 50%-75% of all residential systems will comply with
these simple criteria. For projects that fail to meet the simple criteria, a
resolution steps may be suggested to provide a path to permit approval.
Solar Magazine Home Power has become the editorial venue for homeowners,
business owners, and renewable energy professionals to exchange equipment, design,
installation, and system performance experiences. This information exchange has
helped create an industry with not only cutting-edge technology, but perhaps more
importantly, a common goal: reducing the use of polluting fossil fuels and replacing
this generation capacity with the infinite supplies of renewable energy that
Study Guide for PV Installers [PDF]. This Study Guide presents some of the
basic cognitive material that individuals who install and maintain photovoltaic (PV)
power systems should know and understand. This information is intended primarily as
a Study Guide to help individuals better prepare for the NABCEP PV installer
examination but does not provide all of the materials needed for completing the
certification examination. Knowledge of the information presented, knowledge of
pertinent sections of the National Electrical Code and appropriate experience and
qualifications are generally required of those applying for and completing the
NABCEP certification process.
American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners NABCEP is a volunteer board
of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the
solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy
makers, educational institutions, and the trades. Each member of the board was
chosen because of his or her experience and involvement in the solar energy
industry. NABCEPs mission to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy
efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders is intended to develop and
implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.
Engineering Magazine: Solar Power Engineering Magazine is the comprehensive
voice of the power generation industry that provides readers with up-to-the-minute
energy news with articles frequently published about solar power.
America Board for Codes and Standards. The Solar ABCs improves
responsiveness, effectiveness, and accessibility of codes and standards to U.S.
solar stakeholders at all levels. The Solar ABCs enhances the practice of
developing, implementing, and disseminating solar codes and standards.
Energy International (SEI) is a USA non-profit organization whose mission is
to help others use renewable energy and environmental building technologies through
education. SEI teaches individuals from all walks of life how to design, install and
maintain renewable energy systems, and how to design and build efficient,
sustainable homes. SEI offers trainings online and in 22 locations around the world.
Pro Magazine SolarPro is a high-quality technical publication available by
free (electronic or printed) subscription to qualifying solar industry
professionals. These are the people who are making solar happen and no other
publication gives them the nuts-and-bolts information they need.
From what I have observed in my 35 year young life is that Mike Holt wants to teach you to be an
electrician and has available information to do so, not just to get you to pass licensing
tests. D. Steele