On the RE Education Front, Ocean Energy Seeks Acceptance, RE Investment Overview

In this week’s edition of “Inside Renewable Energy,” Johnny Weiss of Solar Energy International (SEI) makes a compelling claim for the importance of hands-on education for people seeking entry into the renewable energy industry. SEI, which has been offering design, installation and maintenance courses for 15 years, has seen a significant rise in the number of students and a growing focus on career-oriented training. Today’s SEI student, says Weiss, is looking to acquire the skills that will lead to gainful employment in this rapidly growing industry.

Ocean energy has not received the attention is deserves, from governmental agencies and the general public, say Sean O’Neil and Carolyn Elefant of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition. The reasons are lack of understanding and an overly complicated approach to site approval. Through their organization, O’Neil and Elefant are determined to overcome these obstacles and help spawn a commercial-scale ocean energy industry in the U.S. This week’s podcast debuts our “Taking Stock” segment, in which we take a brief look at the renewable energy investment outlook. Renewable energy stocks have performed tremendously in recent years, and the future promises more growth and higher gains. As always, “Inside Renewable Energy” offers the latest renewable energy news.

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