The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has recognized four projects for awards as part of IREC’s annual project competition. The official announcement was made at the Solar Energy 2002 Conference in Reno, Nevada.RENO, Nevada – June 24, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The four winners are: Illinois Schools Going Solar Program Partners: Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and the National Energy Education Project Manufactured Housing PV Project – Harnessing the Sun’s Energy Partners: Florida Solar Energy Center, Florida Power, and Palm Harbor Homes Renewable Energy – The Infinite Power of Texas Renewable Energy Education Campaign And Lesson Plans Partners: Texas State Energy Conservation Office, Conservation Services Group, Inc., and the Texas Solar Energy Society Community Solar Partnerships and the IBEW Local 332 Headquarters Building Partners: City of San José Environmental Services Department – Policy and Planning, the Green Building Program, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 332, and Anderson Brulé Architects Every year, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council recognizes state and local governments and schools (K-12) that have implemented innovative projects during the past year that promote and accelerate the adoption of Renewable Energy technologies. Each project, in the judgment of IREC and independent judges, has demonstrated a measurable positive impact that is replicable and innovative. “All of the partners involved in these projects deserve our recognition and applause,” said Vicki (Mastaitis) Colello, Chair of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. “The outcome and impact of these projects are noteworthy as they influence other communities to take similar action.” IREC also took time at the Conference to recognize three individuals who have had a special impact on advancing solar energy. These awards were given to Lynne Gillette, US Department of Energy, Jerry Ventre, Florida Solar Energy Center, and Susan Gouchoe, North Carolina Solar Center.