Renewable Energy Industry Review Allliedschools Jul09


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Renewable Energy Is Going Global – from the U.S. to China!
Career Profile Certified Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Installation Technician
Fed Budgets $4 Billion for Green Jobs
Despite Tighter Budgets, Companies Spend Money to Meet Green Initiatives
New U.S. Auto Standards: The Fast Track to Oil Independence

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Renewable Energy Industry Review Allliedschools Jul09

  1. 1. July.09 Renewable Industry Review Insider’s peek at green jobs, events and news you can use Emerging Technology News from Allied Schools Opportunities are Growing for Solar! Renewable Energy Is Going face of an economic downturn, there are an playing major roles in both the manufacture Global – from the U.S. to China! increasing number of favorable renewable and installation of renewable energy. energy policies worldwide. It isn’t just the U.S. that is focusing on According to REN21’s renewable energy sources – REN21 reports At the first official meeting 73 annual Renewables Global that at least 73 countries now have official of the Economic Recovery countries have official Status Report, the world- renewable energy goals renewable energy goals, up 66% from the Advisory Board, President wide capacity for renew- end of 2007. There is a shared vision: to Obama focused on energy able energy grew by 16 boost the economy, create jobs and benefit and “green” jobs that will percent in 2008 to 280 the environment. make the country more energy efficient – gigawatts – showing significant growth and including the installation of solar panels and promise. It seems that everyone is seeing the ben- building wind turbines. Additionally, devel- efits of wind and solar energy – even in the oping countries, such as China and India, are TRAINING4GREEN.COM - Allied Schools is an accredited educator offering 100% online courses that support the efforts to sustain and improve our planet. You will find courses that cover today’s emerging technologies – from renewable energy options to green energy management programs.
  2. 2. Global Solar News • Existing wind power capacity grew by • Direct geothermal energy is now used • Several hundred cities and local 29 percent in 2008, more than double in at least 76 countries governments around the world are the capacity at the end of 2005 actively planning or implementing • Geothermal power capacity surpassed renewable energy policies and planning • Grid-connected solar PV continues to 10 GW in 2008, led by the United frameworks linked to carbon dioxide be the fastest growing power generation States. emissions reduction technology, with a 70 percent increase in existing capacity • China doubled its wind power capacity • By August 2008, at least 160 publicly for the fifth year in a row traded renewable energy companies • The solar power industry saw many worldwide had a market capitalization new entrants and new manufacturing • Spain became the PV market greater than $100 million facilities in 2008 leader, with 2.6 GW of new grid-tied installations (Source: REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2009) Careers in Renewable Energy Fed Budgets $4 Billion for Green Jobs On May 26, 2009, U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that approxi- mately $4 billion of President Obama’s economic stimulus plan will be allocated to renovate public housing nationwide. The goal of the renovations is to make the pub- lic dwellings more energy efficient, while CAREER PROFILE: also creating more “green” jobs. CERTIFIED PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN Background: Photovoltaics is the Requirements: Technicians must Career Outlook: The Obama Additionally, $500 million from the stimulus field of technology related to the meet prerequisites of related experi- Administration has committed to plan will become available to train work- application of solar cells to energy ence and/or education to become doubling U.S. renewable energy by ers for these jobs. According to Donovan, whereby sun energy is captured and certified. The North American Board 2012, and plans to invest $150 billion this important investment will help reduce converted directly into electricity. of Certified Energy Practitioners over 10 years toward the nation’s energy costs for residents and the govern- (NABCEP), clean energy ment, create jobs for people in surrounding communities and improve the overall qual- Career: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Installation Technicians install and www.nabcep. org, lists $150 billion economy. These plans ity of public housing. The total investment by maintain solar panels for residential the various U.S. in renewable energy are designed or commercial PV customers. This requirements to help create includes completing all necessary for solar PV five million new Allied Schools and electrical connections of the PV systems installer certification. jobs during this timeframe – creating Alied American University are accredited by the Accrediting panels – such as connections to a wealth of opportunities in the solar Commission of the Distance Education and inverters, batteries, power grid inter- Salary: Experienced Certified energy field. Training Council connects and customer circuits. Photovoltaic (PV) Systems 1601 18th Street, N.W., Suite 2, Washington, D.C. 20009 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas Installation Technicians can earn an Workforce Commission) hourly salary rate of $20 to $25.
  3. 3. Despite Tighter Budgets, Companies Spend Money to Meet Green Initiatives Green Jobs “Poised for Explosive Growth” ALTHOUGH COMPANIES NATIONWIDE ARE SLASHING BUDGETS, MANY ARE MAKING SMART INVESTMENTS IN ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING GREEN MOVEMENTS IN THE COUNTRY – SOLAR ENERGY. HERE’S HOW A FEW GREEN 1 PIONEERS ARE SETTING IMPRESSIVE PRECEDENTS FOR HOW COMPANIES UTILIZE PRECIOUS RESOURCES. Cox Communications has an photovoltaic power systems and Corporation, a solar power The “clean-energy economy” grew environmental policy called Cox solar thermal energy systems manufacturer, are working on 9.1 percent between 1998 and Conserves where their goal is to in facilities like auction houses creating the country’s largest 2007 to 777,000 jobs use renewable forms of energy, and automotive detailing shops urban solar power plant. Plans reduce greenhouse emissions throughout various states they call for an approximately $60 and conserve resources. For serve. million, 10-megawatt solar example, Cox is utilizing photovoltaic facility that Walmart stores in California are would rest in an industrial 2 implementing a store-solarizing redevelopment area of Chicago. program. The company has 80 percent of venture capital enlisted the help of BP Solar The FPL Group (parent investments in 2008 were in the to provide photovoltaic solar company of Florida Power clean energy and energy power systems for store & Light Company) and efficiency sector rooftops. This will allow NextEra Energy Resources participating stores to run on are implementing a high-tech clean electricity. tracking system that ensures solar panels stay aimed at the Exelon, an electric utility sun for maximum efficiency. 3 company, and SunPower Job growth in the clean-energy economy outperformed total job growth in 38 states and the District of Columbia between NEW U.S. AUTO STANDARDS: THE FAST TRACK TO OIL INDEPENDENCE 1998 and 2007 New U.S. auto standards are going to change the face These smaller, lighter and more efficient vehicles will of the auto industry. In an effort to reduce oil depen- spell opportunity for the “green” industry. To reach the 4 dence and lower the emission of greenhouse gases, new standards, vehicles will need: more turbochargers, new legislation is calling for new standards: advanced lithium-ion batteries (like those used in cell California had the most clean-ener- phones and power tools), electric motors, and lighter gy jobs last year with about 125,000 New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. will be required aluminum and plastics. jobs, Texas ranked second with to have an average of 35.5 miles per gallon, about 10 about 55,000 clean-energy jobs mpg more than today’s standards. Passenger cars will Yes, these amenities will cost consumers more, be required to get 39 mpg; light trucks will be required but there will be gradual returns at the gas pump. to get 30 mpg. Additionally, subsidies to automakers and incentives to consumers will push this new wave of opportunity – 5 opening the gateway for suppliers, manufacturers and installers of “green” auto products. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed in February, is a significant force driving the clean-energy economy From the Pew Charitable Trusts
  4. 4. FIND THE RIGHT GREEN CAREER FOR YOU ALLIED SCHOOLS Enroll 888.501.5221 Be in on the ground floor of the emerging technology industry and realize your full career potential with timely solar training from Allied. • The Business of Solar Course • Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Course 22952 Alcalde Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653