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In the US, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners secured a US$1.1m funding from the Department of Energy (DoE) to accelerate adoption of solar.

The capital will be channelled to the organisation through the DoE’s SunShot Initiative which aims to accelerate the adoption of solar energy in a cost-effective manner.

In a combined statement, NABCEP, a renewable energy consulting and accreditation company said it will use the money to improve its existing certification programmes in line with trends taking shape in the solar industry.

The capital is said will also be used for the firm’s 2017 launch of three new certifications for professionals in the PV system design, installation and maintenance to help define personnel standards as well as fill a gap in sector’s workforce standards.

However, the majority of the funding will be used to upgrade the company’s PV Installation Professional Certification and the Foundational Task Analysis, Metering & Smart Energy International has learnt.

Richard Lawrence, Executive Director for NABCEP commented: “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.”

NABCEP strives to upgrade its Job Task Analysis once every five years, states the statement.

“The competency and professionalism of solar workers is the foundation of a trusted, productive clean energy economy,” reiterated Lawrence. 

Solar energy generation in the US

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) partnered with solar energy services company SolarCity for rollout of generation and storage projects.

Through the collaboration, the two partners will build a portfolio of solar plants representing 13MW in power generation and a 1.5MW (6.0 MegaWatt Hours) energy storage system in southern Connecticut.

SolarCity with assistance from renewable energy projects development company Brightfields Developments will install 57,000 panels on the project’s seven sites in Bozrah, Norwich and Groton.

The projects are all expected to be completed by December 2016 and falls under the utility’s efforts to provide cleaner power to its members and consumers in six Connecticut communities including 70,000 metering points.

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Nicholas Nhede
Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.