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Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback

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Tue, 2017-06-27 09:58

In early 2016, we talked about a solar tariff decision in the state of Nevada that increased service charges for net-metered solar customers and lowered compensation for net excess solar generation from a retail rate to a wholesale rate. In other words, the local utilities were doing what they could to block net metering, which would then limit homeowners with solar panels from selling excess electricity to their utility at a reasonable rate.

ISSP Certification Exam Now Offered Year-Round

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Thu, 2017-06-22 09:25

It has been eight months since the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) launched its professional sustainability certification program, and during this time, ISSP has been collecting feedback from various stakeholders on the ways in which the organization can improve its testing processes.

Is LEED Certification Available in All Countries?

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Tue, 2017-06-20 10:02

Yes, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED) are not only available in every country, they were designed to fit every building anywhere at any phase in the construction cycle.

This flexibility is part of the reason why LEED Certification has grown to be the most widely used green building rating system in the world, with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day.

Home Builders Must be Solar Ready

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Thu, 2017-06-15 12:35

There is a growing trend in new construction called “solar ready.” This phrase refers to viewing a home as an entire package and considering all of the building strategies, including rooftop solar, that would satisfy homeowner demand and result in a more durable, energy-efficient, and healthy home.

Over 200 MA Municipalities Adopt Stretch Code

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Tue, 2017-06-13 09:51

Massachusetts has long been a leader for energy efficiency. Since 2008, Massachusetts has pledged to upgrade its building code every three years to align with the most recent version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In other words, MA builders and contractors will be routinely required to implement new strategies and technologies that lead to better, safer, and more energy-efficient homes.

Solar Inspector Certifications Now Live

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Thu, 2017-06-08 10:18

In our previous post, we shared in the announcement that the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) was to be releasing two new solar certifications – the question was, when?

Just five days after our announcement, NABCEP distributed an email that officially marked the launch of the two new solar inspector certifications, one for photovoltaic systems and the other for solar heating systems.

The Best Time to Buy Your LEED Exam

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Tue, 2017-06-06 11:52

No, we’re not aware of any seasonal promotions for the LEED Exams, but we do have a few tips and tricks that will help you save money and/or make the most of your educational investment.

If you’re new to LEED and want to take a quick step back to understanding the LEED certification process, please visit our Getting Started With LEED series.

If you’ve researched LEED and know that one step in the process is to purchase your LEED exam from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), then keep reading!

How to Install Solar Panels in Idaho

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Thu, 2017-06-01 12:16

Starting July 1, 2017, the state of Idaho will be implementing the 2017 version of the National Electric Code (NEC), which sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupations. Currently, only one other state has implemented the 2017 NEC code, though more states are expected to put its rules into effect this summer.

LEED Green Associate Exam Qualifications

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Tue, 2017-05-30 11:38

Are you eligible to take the LEED Green Associate Exam?

Regardless of your education, occupation, or work experience – you ARE eligible to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Granted, having work experience or education in a related field of architecture, engineering, construction management, etc. certainly offers some advantages in terms of a base familiarity of green building terms and strategies. But overall, there is no requirement that a LEED candidate possess a particular degree or number of years of work experience.

Coming Soon? Solar Inspector Certifications

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Thu, 2017-05-25 13:27

NABCEP, or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, sent out an email blast in early May 2017 to announce two new certifications on the horizon: PV Systems Inspector (PVSI) and Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI).

These solar inspector certifications are primarily intended for individuals performing system inspections for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), utilities, incentive programs, investors, and others performing quality assurance of photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating systems and code compliance.

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