October 17, 2011
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) today awarded five Innovation Awards and five Special Recognition Awards at its 2011 Annual Meeting.
"This year's Innovation Awards targeted initiatives aimed at supporting clean energy workforce development, community renewables, state and local government and K-12 projects," said Ken Jurman, IREC chair. "Each of this year's winning submissions demonstrate initiatives and best practices that are helping move clean energy technologies closer to becoming the norm rather than the exception."
Selected through a competitive process, the 2011 Innovation Awardees include: Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association for the Colorado Fair Permit Act (state government); Joint-Venture Silicon Valley Network for the SV-REP Project in Santa Clara County, CA (county government); Cape Light Compact, Barnstable, MA, for Energy Carnivals (K-12); The Solar Foundation for the 2010 National Solar Jobs Census (workforce development); and District Energy St. Paul for the solar district energy project in Minneapolis, MN (community renewables).
2011 Innovation Award Winners
State government category: The State of Colorado
Colorado's Fair Permit Act
Lead partner: Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association
Project partners: Vote Solar Initiative, The Solar Alliance
Local Government category: Santa Clara County, CA, Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement (SV-REP) Project:
Lead partner: Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
Project partners: The County of Santa Clara, California; Optony Inc.; plus eight other local public agencies
K-12 category: Energy Carnivals, Cape Light Compact, Barnstable, MA
Lead partner: Deborah Shiflett-Fitton, Energy Education Programs Coordinator, Barnstable, MA
Workforce development category: The National Solar Jobs Census
Lead partner: The Solar Foundation
Project partners: Cornell University; Green LMI / BW Research; SEIA
Community Renewables: Solar District Energy Project, Minneapolis, MN
Lead partner:District Energy St. Paul
Project partners:U. S. Department of Energy Solar America Communities Program; Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar America Cities; andMinnesota Department of Commerce
"These innovative projects are why I feel confident that the young children of today will grow up to a world where solar and other clean energy technologies are as common place to them then as their cell phones, iPods and the Internet," said Jurman.
For a complete description of these projects, please visit www.irecusa.org.
Special Recognition Award Winners
Also during its Annual Meeting, IREC recognizes people and organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution to renewable energy and to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. This year's IREC's Special Recognition awardees are:
Keyes & Fox, LLP
Dr. Sarah L. White, Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Dr. Richard S. Knaub, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Louise S. Urgo, IREC
Utah Clean Energy
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a non-profit organization accelerating the use of renewable energy since 1982. IREC's programs and policies lead to easier, more affordable connection to the utility grid; fair credit for renewable energy produced; best practices for states, municipalities, utilities and industry; and quality assessment for the growing green workforce through the credentialing of trainers and training programs.
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