Smart Careers to Power the Nation


by Rachel Vilsack You’ve probably heard about smart phones, but do you know about “smart grid” technology? Essentially how we transmit and distribute electricity can be monitored and adjusted so that the distribution of energy can be most efficient. Smart grid technology also promotes the use of renewable energy sources. As utilities continue to evolve, … Continue reading Smart Careers to Power the Nation

Requirements for Renewable Energy Certificate Programs


by Caleb Werth There are more than 400 training programs for green careers in Minnesota. As jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to expand, national standards for certificate programs are emerging.   The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) credentialing program has developed a new Standard for assessment (IREC Standard 14732: 2012) of … Continue reading Requirements for Renewable Energy Certificate Programs

Free Training Now Available for Residential Solar Inspectors


by Caleb Werth The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a free online training program for building and electrical code officials who perform inspections for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations. This information is also appropriate for solar installers, architects, and students interested in this field.   The Photovoltaic Online Training (PVOT) program is a … Continue reading Free Training Now Available for Residential Solar Inspectors

Green Jobs – An Important Piece of the State’s Recovery


by Alessia Leibert Did the recession take a toll on the emerging green economy in Minnesota? Developing sectors are generally hit the hardest by economic downturns because an unfavorable investment climate hurts new technologies and products more than established ones. In fact, the number of green job opportunities in Minnesota held steady between fall 2009 … Continue reading Green Jobs – An Important Piece of the State’s Recovery

Career Spotlight: Noise Control Engineer


by Julie Remington Ever notice that some dishwashers make a disturbing racket while others quietly hum? Behind that gentle hum is a noise control engineer. Their work is to improve the acoustic environment, usually by reducing the noise made by products ranging from computers to jet engines. Work settings for noise control engineers include: aeronautical … Continue reading Career Spotlight: Noise Control Engineer

Green Career Spotlight: HVAC Engineer


by Lisa Thompson A large amount of the energy consumed in the United States goes to heating and cooling buildings. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that runs well reduces energy consumption and saves money. HVAC engineers design and build these systems. To figure out what is needed, they meet building owners, run … Continue reading Green Career Spotlight: HVAC Engineer