Training, Certification & Codes

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

National Electric Code (NEC)

Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs)

Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC)

Solar Energy International (SEI)

Grid Alternatives
A nonprofit providing hands-on training to volunteers in California & Colorado.

Community Colleges and Certificate Programs U.S. Dept. of Energy

California Community Colleges PV Programs

Trade Groups/National Nonprofits

American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

Clean Energy States Alliance

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

American Wind Energy Association

The Solar Foundation

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) - Renewable Electricity Toolkit

U.S. Combined Heat & Power Association

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

U.S. Green Building Initiative

Vote Solar Initiative

Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance

Women in Solar Energy (WISE)

State-Based Nonprofits

Alliance for Clean Energy New York

Arizona Solar Center

California Solar Center

Canadian Solar Industries Association

Colorado Renewable Energy Society

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)

Georgia Solar Energy Association

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

Green Energy Ohio (GEO)

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Illinois Solar Energy Association

Indiana Renewable Energy Association

Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Iowa Renewable Energy Association

  • Kentucky Solar Partnership
  • Michigan GREEN

    Midwest Renewable Energy Association

    Minnesota Renewable Energy Society

    Montana Green Power

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

    New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy

    New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA)

    North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC)

    North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)

    Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

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    Northwest SEED

    Northwest Solar Center

    Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

    Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP)

    Renew Missouri

    Renewable Energy Vermont

    Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE)

    Solar Oregon


    South Carolina Biomass Council

    South Dakota Wind Energy Association

    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE)

    Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)

    Southface Energy Institute

    Tennessee Solar Energy Association

    Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA)

    Utah Clean Energy

    Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium

    Energy Center of Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Wind Works

    (For more links, check the DSIRE database.)

    News and Media

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    Recent Studies and Reports

    "Study Finds Solar Panels Add Value to Houses." Lawrence Berkeley Labs (1/15/15)

    "The Installed Price of Solar Photovoltaic Systems in the U.S. Continues to Decline at a Rapid Pace."
    Lawrence Berkeley Labs

    "Benchmarking Non-Hardware Balance of System (Soft) Costs for U.S. Photovoltaic Systems Using a Data-Driven Analysis from PV Installer Survey Results."
    U.S. Dept. of Energy Sunshot Initiative

    "Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States?" Lawrence Berkeley Labs

    National Solar Jobs Census 2012
    The Solar Foudation

    "Nationwide Analysis of Solar Permitting and the Implications for Soft Costs"
    NREL and Clean Power Finance

    "Peer Effects in the Diffusion of Solar Photovoltaic Panels."
    NYU Stern School of Business

    "An Analysis of the Effects of Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems on Home Sales Prices in California."
    Lawrence Berkeley Labs

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