INTERSTATE RENEWABLE ENERGY COUNCIL, INC.

Independent leadership. Trusted clean energy expertise.

aka IREC   |   Latham, NY   |  www.irecusa.org

Mission

Working toward a 100% clean energy future that is reliable, resilient and equitable, IREC’s mission is to build the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy and our planet.

Ruling year info

1983

President/CEO

Larry Sherwood

Main address

PO Box 1156

Latham, NY 12110 USA

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EIN

59-2201374

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Employment Training (J22)

Safety Education (M40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Global human-caused net carbon dioxide emissions must fall dramatically in order to avoid long-lasting and irreversible changes to ecosystems and human health. Increasing the use of clean energy is key to meeting these reduction targets. In addition to urgent climate and health concerns, meeting clean energy goals provides economic benefits, through both energy savings and increased jobs. Many cities and states have committed to ambitious targets to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. To meet these goals, distributed energy resources (including rooftop solar) will need to be deployed in far larger numbers than today, even in states with many renewable energy installations. However, the right policies, rules and programs are not yet in place to accommodate substantially more clean energy resources. In addition, the myriad professions that impact clean energy deployment, such as firefighters, building code officials, and local government staff need training and education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Regulatory Policy Program

IREC’s Regulatory Program increases the adoption of regulatory reforms that increase consumer access to, and streamline integration of, clean distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar and energy storage, on the grid in order to optimize their widespread benefits. To achieve this goal and fill identified gaps in the broader clean energy ecosystem, IREC focuses on four core issues: 1) interconnection reform, 2) grid modernization, 3) energy storage and smart inverter deployment, and 4) equitable consumer access.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The renewable energy and energy efficiency industry is developing fast. As the industry grows, so does the demand for quality training. At IREC, we care passionately about quality training that meets employer needs for a highly skilled clean energy workforce.

Training that meets the highest standards and results in marketable, job-related skills stands out from the rest. IREC is building the foundation for strong clean energy markets by driving quality, market-valued education and training standards for a job-ready workforce.

IREC develops quality and competency standards, accreditation and certification programs for clean energy educators and training programs.

As National Administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) for the past five years, IREC works with the most renowned solar training facilities in the U.S. to build solar workforce capacity in solar system design, installation, sales and inspection.

IREC developed a best practices series and numerous other resources for solar education and training, now valued national resources for new and existing solar programs and instructors to meet the highest standards - to teach the skills employers need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

States where IREC facilitated improved state rules or policies to make connecting distributed energy resources more efficient and cost effective.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Regulatory Policy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 – CA, CO, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NY, and Puerto Ri 2019 – NV, MD, MT, CA, MN, SC, NC, MA (also, Puerto Rico and technical support to MI, AR, CO); 2018 – CA, MD, MA, MN, NV; 2017 – IL, IA, NY, OR

Number of events for target audiences at which IREC presents or hosts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Regulatory Policy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of active credentials for training program accreditation and trainer certification

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Emergency responders, Unemployed people

Related Program

Clean Energy Workforce Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of training programs created

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Emergency responders

Related Program

Clean Energy Workforce Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2019 - trained 2500 U.S. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program administrators, 29 online modules; 2018 - Apartment maintenance technicians, HBI/Job Corp; 2017 - Code official & firefighter trainings

Number of code officials and fire fighters trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clean Energy Workforce Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

IREC trains firefighters and code officials on renewable energy technologies that they may interact with in their work to ensure they can work with these resources safely and efficiently.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

IREC is working to:
1. Increase adoption of policies and regulatory reforms that increase access to and streamline grid integration of distributed energy resources in order to optimize their widespread benefits.
a. Make interconnection to the grid more efficient.
b. Empower states to modernize the electricity distribution grid.
c. Increase the number of consumers participating in shared renewables and multifamily programs.
d. Pave the path for national deployment of distributed energy storage and smart inverters.

2. Deploy quality assurance programs and training to ensure that clean energy workers demonstrate the skills necessary to support industry credibility and growth.

3. Increase use of clean energy and energy efficiency in multi-family housing, especially for low- and moderate-income consumers.

4. Increase awareness of IREC and the value of its work among targeted stakeholders; and increase knowledge of IREC’s positive impact and perception of its value among existing stakeholders.

IREC’s Regulatory Policy team:
1. Engages in numerous diverse states to improve regulatory policies to better facilitate the deployment of renewable energy and distributed energy resources (DERs).
2. Serves as national thought-leaders and identifies/develops DER policy best practices in the consumer’s best interest.
3. Develops leading national policy resources/tools/guidelines/scorecards.
4. Deploys a multi-faceted communications and outreach strategy to increase the understanding, acceptance and adoption of IREC best practices and the use of IREC tools/resources among target audiences.

IREC’s Workforce Development team:
1. Accredits training programs and certifies trainers to IREC Standards.
2. Develops, manages and coordinates training programs for allied and emerging industries and industry trainers.
3. Positions IREC as a trailblazer in the area of micro-credentialing development.

IREC's Local Initiatives team:
1.IREC informs, guides, incentivizes, and supports local governments, communities, and individuals to take actions that increase the deployment of clean energy and implementation of energy efficiency.
2. Supports the improvement of codes, standards, and permitting and inspection processes that impact the deployment of DERs at the local level.

IREC’s nearly 40-year history provides an impressive list of impacts and outcomes. These measurable achievements are directly attributable to staff who apply their imagination, vigor, brainpower, and verve to construct stackable blocks of policy models, workforce best practices and consumer tools. IREC has the good fortune of tapping influencers with exceptional talent. IREC brings to the table some of the brightest national experts, enablers, implementers, and thought leaders with a proven track record of expanding access to clean energy for communities, consumers, and businesses across the country. IREC has always been an easy ship to turn, responding to changing market and political circumstances, but without losing its moral and cultural compass. IREC is known as a trusted and reputable expert, and demand for IREC’s services is growing rapidly as 100% renewable energy policy issues expand across the states.

IREC has:
1. Intervened in state regulatory proceedings resulting in groundbreaking policies in more than 30 states on net metering, interconnection, community solar, grid modernization, energy storage, and smart inverters.
2. Developed the first model rules for foundational clean energy policies.
3. Drove recognition that a skilled, competent workforce is critical for a young industry to gain traction and acceptance.
4. Provided solar training for more than 12,000 firefighters and local code officials.
5. Empowered consumers with the tools they need to navigate and understand the solar process through Be Solar Smart Consumer Checklist and Consumer Clean Energy Bill of Rights.

What’s Next:
IREC will accelerate adoption of interconnection, grid modernization, and other reforms to help reach 100% renewable energy. IREC will also work to expand our “Training to Jobs Pipeline” in target cities to ensure a diverse, quality workforce will be ready to meet the needs of a resilient, clean energy economy. In 2021, IREC will merge with The Solar Foundation, another leading clean energy nonprofit, doubling its staff and significantly expanding its impact.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INTERSTATE RENEWABLE ENERGY COUNCIL, INC.

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Larry Shirley

President, Shirley Associates

Term: 2015 - 2020

Larry Shirley

Shirley Associates

Mark Roper

Engie

Carl Siegrist

Carl Siegrist Consulting

Jacob Parks

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Polly Shaw

Shaw Consulting

Jetta Wong

JLW Advising

Anne Hoskins

Sunrun

Dan Reicher

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance Stanford Law School

Lorraine Akiba

LHA Ventures

Ronny Sandoval

ROS Energy Strategies

Trenton Allen

Sustainable Capital Advisors

Bonnie Datta

Plug to Grid Strategies

John Wilson

Global Cool Cities Alliance

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/01/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/01/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.