Steve Shepard's Comments

January 31, 2014

US Solar Jobs Growing Ten Times Faster than National Average Employment Growth

This is total Chamber of Commerce BS. The solar industry works harder than any industry in the USA to exclude and keep workers out of the industry. NAPCEP requirements are being used like a shield to keep out new and potential workers. The solar industry makes up these numbers to get government funds and subsidies. It is corrupt to the core and needs to be reamed.

December 24, 2013

The Return of the Badly Rhyming 12 Days of Solar Christmas

Note what her industry did not bring to her - a renewable energy job. The RE industry works harder to exclude and keep people out of the industry than anything else.

December 21, 2013

Black Eyes Are Contagious and Avoidable

The industry is giving renewable energy workers a black eye right up front when it requires workers to spend thousands of dollars on training and certification testing. The RE industry has no right to require workers to finance and fund training that it magically decides is necessary. If RE companies and corporations are going to require certification to work in the RE industry then these businesses need to provide or fund that training and testing. As it stands now NABCEP is being used to fleece the unemployed and other workers trying to get into the RE industry. Someone needs to be indicted for this theft.

December 21, 2013

Soft Costs Reductions are Essential for Solar Industry

NABCEP is gouging potential workers throughout the entire renewable energy industry. And while NABCEP claims to be non-profit there is a stampede of people and organizations trying to get on the NABCEP training and testing wagon. If there wasn't big money to be made screwing the unemployed and the people trying to better their careers then there would not be so many training and testing centers Spamming my inbox like they do.

December 17, 2013

The Solar Opportunity

The writer is dreaming. I too had this illusion that renewable energy could nearly save our economy, liberate us from the grid and save the planet. Not anymore. Industry adoption of NABCEP has literally shot the renewable energy in the foot. NABCEP requirements keep people out of the industry, discourages consumers from adopting renewable energy and has literally given implementation of solar technology to the utility companies. And that is precisely what the oil companies and utilities wanted in the first place.

December 07, 2013

Become a Solar “Spartacus”

Ummmm, you know, the Spartacus analogy concerns me because the 6000 that stood up were all crucified. However, I agree that local government, utilities and fossil fuel companies all conspire to inhibit and restrict the adoption of renewable energy. The RE industry inhibits itself with the use of NABCEP certification requirements. This requirement artificially excludes many potential workers and users of renewable energy.

December 07, 2013

What Do Chocolate and Credentials Have in Common?

It has long been my contention that the RE industry adoption of NABCEP certification requirements is and was a mistake. NABCEP is taking enormous funds from potential energy workers and the unemployed for training, testing and certification. Taking this money from the working class seeking to better their careers or just get a job is immoral and unnecessary. While certification may lead to a more qualified work force the way it is being done now is making the administrators of NABECP rich at the expense of working Americans. It also discourages a lot of potential workers who would enter the industry but cannot afford ridiculous NABCEP fees. In this regard, NABCEP is contributing to the national unemployment rate. If the RE industry continues to insist upon certification requirements then a more equitable and fair system needs to be adopted.

November 26, 2013

Top Five Cool Renewable Energy Projects

I think I am the only business offering solar lighting in the central/southern Colorado region.

October 30, 2013

BLM Reloading After Colorado Solar Land Auction No-Shows

First of all, the San Luis valley is some of the most desolate land in the west. There is little or nothing there in the way of logistic support or supply. Everything would have to be trucked in which would would add considerable transportation costs to any project. Second, this auction was scheduled during the period when the government was essentially shut down and not functional. The government is barely functional when it is open. Third, the BLM has a long history of being niggardly and selfish with the land it controls. Trying to conduct business with a government agency that has a legacy of turning away business is not an attractive prospect. And last, most of this land was taken from Native American tribes who still claim ownership and spiritual connection with this land. There can be no expectation of local support or labor for any large scale business endeavor in this region.

September 27, 2013

Six Myths About Renewable Energy, and Seven Answers

Another myth is the promise of more jobs and putting people to work. The RE industry does everything it can to discourage and exclude new workers from this industry. Frivolous use of background, credit, certification and drug tests keep many American workers out of this industry. Screening of new employees is taken to an extreme and contributes to the unemployment problem in the nation as a whole.

September 17, 2013

Coal-plant Explosion in San Antonio Follows Demand for More Solar

CPS will use any excuse to raise rates on their end users. CPS has been gouging SA consumers for over 40 years on electric utility rates. What is needed is electric utility deregulation in San Antonio. CPS needs competitors to keep them honest - which they ain't.

Steve Shepard

Steve Shepard

Steve Shepard is a technologist and has been engaged in the computer, electronics, power and lighting industries since 1980. At this time he is self-employed and providing technical field service to residential and light commercial customers...

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