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Clean Nation

August 23, 2012

In light of the recent passing of solar legislation in New Jersey, there has been a flurry of activi

y as well as a good number of new projects have begun to surface.
This is exciting news and we anticipate with certainty that the legislation will allow the solar industry to come out of the slump of 2012.
The New Jersey market as well as the active solar markets in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Maryland (to name a few)are growing.
You can support this industry and assure that your energy use comes from a renewable source.
Click the link below to see how you can become a part of this revolution.

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Free Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity

December 28, 2011

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region received a Green Jobs Innovation Fund grant which makes available a free education and training opportunity for Out of School Youth, Dislocated Workers, Unemployed Workers and Veterans.  The Tri-Green Pre-Apprenticeship Program offers 160 hours of classroom and hands on instruction leading to three industry recognized certifications (Green Advantage, OSHA 10 and First Aid/CPR) and 10 college credits as described in the attachment.  Successful completers are offered advanced standing for the available apprenticeship seats at The Finishing Trades Institute.

The initial Philadelphia area offering will be conducted January 9 – February 3, 2012.

To read more about the program follow this link:

To register for the program online (recommended) follow this link:

To print a registration form to drop off or mail, follow this link:

Your support to identify Out of School Youth, Dislocated Workers, Unemployed Workers and Veterans interested in learning more about the construction trades, gaining knowledge and skills, advancing their education and or increasing their employability would be appreciated.

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.  Thank you for your time and attention.


Susan Shaffer

Tri-Green Outreach Coordinator

The Finishing Trades Institute

2190 Hornig Rd

Philadelphia, PA 19116

C: 570-885-9612

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Solar Training Opportunites in Philadelphia

November 28, 2011

Federation of Neighborhood Centers Logo

The Federation of Neighborhood Centers has a new solar training program that is now enrolling.  The rough draft of the brochure is attached.  Please pass this on to anyone at JEVS who may have someone in their program who could benefit from this.  We are currently enrolling for a class that will be held Dec 5 – 9.  Infinite Solar is conducting the training for us. 


 -         2 or more years experience in construction, carpentry, electrical, remodeling, roofing or HVAC (doesn’t have to be 2 continuous years)

-         Basic electrical knowledge

-         Some familiarity with equations, fractions, algebra          

No cost for training for those who qualify and are accepted. 

 Here is the link to our page on our FNC website about the program.  There is a link at the bottom of the webpage for the brochure.

 Interested potential trainees can call 215.989.3566 ext. 28 to reserve a spot at our info session (to be held on November 17th) or to get a call back with more information.  Those interested in the info session should call the number above and someone will return their call and provide the information about the event.

 Jerry Tapley

Chief Operating Officer

Federation of Neighborhood Centers

1528 Walnut Street, Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA  19102

215.989.3566 x 11

215.989.3568 – fax  

 Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”Voltaire


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DOE Spotlights EV Chargers Installed Under the Recovery Act

May 25, 2011

DOE reported on May 13 that as of that date, more than 1,800 electric vehicle (EV) chargers have been installed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Coulomb Technologies, ECOtality, General Motors, and others have been moving forward to install the charging stations as part of the Administration’s investments in U.S. EV manufacturing and alternative vehicle infrastructure. President Obama has set a goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. Since 2009, DOE has invested more than $5 billion in grants and loans to spur the growth of the U.S. EV and advanced battery manufacturing industry.

Charging stations like Coulomb Technologies’ pole-mounted charging station for electric vehicles are among the more than 1,800 installed so far as part of the DOE initiative.

Under the Transportation Electrification Initiative, which received $400 million under the Recovery Act, companies are developing, deploying, and analyzing EVs and EV infrastructure, and educating the public to help accelerate the market adoption of advanced EVs. The eight projects under the Transportation Electrification Initiative represent the world’s largest electric vehicle demonstration project and will result in the deployment of more than 13,000 grid-connected vehicles and 22,000 charging points in residential, commercial, and public locations nationwide by December 2013. Coulomb, which is providing $22.9 million toward the project cost, is deploying EVs—including 2,000 GM Volt, 200 Ford Transit Connect, 100 Ford Focus EV, and 100 Smart EV vehicles—and is establishing 4,600 EV charging locations nationwide. Through these cost-shared projects, DOE will collect information about how consumers use and charge electric vehicles.

To build on the foundation laid out under the Recovery Act, DOE recently announced the availability of $5 million in electric vehicle funding for local governments and private companies to continue to accelerate installation of electric vehicle charging stations and infrastructure. Communities will work to develop plans and strategies for EV deployment, update their EV permitting processes, develop incentive programs, or launch other local or regional initiatives that improve the experience of EV users and help bring these highly energy efficient vehicles to the marketplace. These projects will leverage the best practices and lessons learned from the initial deployment projects under the Recovery Act. See coverage in the EERE Network News of DOE’s partnership with Google. And, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is joining with Google and industry leaders to provide up-to-date information about EV charging stations nationwide. See the DOE press release and the DOE Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.

Also, California-based AeroVironment announced on May 18 that the BMW Group has selected AeroVironment as the preferred provider of electric vehicle charging equipment, accessories, and installation services supporting the introduction of the all-electric BMW ActiveE, a new class of luxury vehicles. ActiveE vehicles will be distributed in the major metropolitan markets of Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento. The charging stations will be installed with a 240-volt electric circuit in drivers’ home garages. See the AeroVironment press release.

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DOE and Partners to Host Webinar April 4: Fuel Cells for Supermarkets

March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program will host a webinar with the Clean Energy States Alliance and the Technology Transition Corp. titled “Fuel Cells for Supermarkets” on Monday, April 4, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will focus on the use of fuel cells by supermarkets and will detail the experiences that supermarkets in four different states have had with stationary fuel cells. According to UTC Power, a 400 kW fuel cell at Price Chopper in Albany, New York meets 85% of the supermarket’s energy needs, reduces the building’s carbon footprint by 71 tons, provides reliable energy for perishable items, and saves more than 4 million gallons of water each year.

The webinar will also explore the reasons why supermarkets are an especially attractive venue for fuel cells. Using fuel cells as a combined heat and power application allows supermarkets to not only power lighting, refrigeration cases, freezers, and air conditioners, but also allows operators to use the thermal energy for cooling, space heating, snow and ice melting, and desiccant dehumidification. Having a reliable supply of electric power is critical to supermarkets because their refrigerated inventory needs constant cooling, and downtime due to power outages affects sales revenue.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Frank Blake, Electrical Specialist, Price Chopper
  • Scott Larsen, Project Manager for Industrial Research and Development, NYSERDA
  • Kathy Loftus, Global Leader for Sustainable Engineering, Maintenance, and Energy Management, Whole Foods Market
  • Benny D. Smith, Vice President of Facilities, Golub Corporation

There will be time after the presentations for Q&A. Reserve your webinar spot now.

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Solar: Hot and Affordable

March 1, 2011

(By Bell Beth PR & Communications, A Green Advocate)  

 Princeton, N.J. (March 1, 2011) – The Solar Education Center (SEC), a leading provider of affordable solar renewable energy education and certification training, will present its popular Five-day Comprehensive Solar PV Design and Installation Course April 18-22 at Mercer County Community College’s Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m each day.  The course’s completion will be followed by a Solar and Renewable Energy Networking Reception.

 ”Within an industry that changes as frequently as renewable energy does in terms of standards, regulations and innovation – it is important to have not only a solid foundation but also the right foundation,” says Dessie Kirilova, Director of U.S. Operation for SEC which also offers solar pv, solar thermal, wind, sustainability and solar solar sales varied-length courses throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. “I take away the stress of the first step and set the direction of development. I am very excited to partner with Tim Razzaq in promoting and delivering solar education, credentialing and workforce development throughout New Jersey and across the U.S.”

Their upcoming course at Mercer is ideal for professionals from a vast spectrum of trades, including electrical; engineering; journalism; construction; as well as well as fire first-responders, realtors, salespeople, and entrepreneurs.  Any person or company seeking to get a jump-start into or improve the market presence in the growing solar industry should consider taking this course.

Offered at the cost of $1,395 compared to the standard $1,500-$3,000 range, participants will focus on the design, installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of photo voltaic (PV) systems. Financial analysis – rebates, tax credits, financials – and the business aspect of the solar industry – policy and economy review will also be covered.

In addition to classroom instruction, students will learn, hands-on, the techniques used for proper installation and conversion of sunlight to electric power for both residential and commercial use.  The rigorous preparation meets requirements recommended by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), known as the “gold standard” for PV and solar thermal installation certification. After successful course completion students receive a Certificate of Completion. 

Just as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings, NABCEP’s seal of approval of this course is an additional mark of professional achievement for those who complete it.

 Kirilova maintains that completing the course is a smart way to gain a jump start or gain a stronger foothold into the growing solar renewable energy industry which is expected to increase approximately 40 percent a year due to market demand. Right now solar is the hottest market literally and figuratively in New Jersey,” she said. “The market is a viable alternative to traditional, less efficient energy sources such as coal and gas-fired electricity generation.”

A Payment Plan is being offered for the 5-Day Solar Design & Installation Course: Use discount code “LWCOHEN” and get a $45.00 discount off the $1,395.00 course fee and make payments in the following schedule: 

  • 25% ($337.50)  deposit by Friday, March 11
  • 25% ($337.50) or balance by Friday, March 25
  • 25% (($337.50) or balance by Friday, April 8
  • 25% ($337.50) or balance by Friday, April 15

You can register on-line and use discount code “TCOHEN” and save $45.00. at

The course will conclude with a reception Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), from 5 to 8 p.m. with a networking reception at MCCC’s Conference Center.

For additional assistance or to receive a copy of the full day-by-day course agenda, please call 609-379-2885 or email Tim Razzaq, at

 The Solar Education Center’s (SEC)mission is to provide quality and affordable renewable energy training by utilizing standardized training methods and teaching practices that will prepare tradesmen and businesses with the knowledge and experience to succeed in this booming industry. With SEC, people learn more, understand better, and use renewables more efficiently. Their holistic ecology views put people in a cooperative relationship with nature – a symbiosis that helps society live a sustainable life and peacefully co-exist with nature!

Local Wisdom Communications provides a broad array of both stand-alone and integrated strategic web and social media design, set-up and deployment services, all geared toward facilitating positive organizational and business growth.

Call 609-379-2885 or email for information.

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Administation Creates Portal to Connect Energy Technologies to the Marketplace

February 4, 2011

On February 02, 2011 the administration released a notification regarding the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Innovation Portal. This website now has more than 300 business-friendly marketing summaries available to help investors and companies identify and license leading-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The Portal is an online tool that links available DOE innovations to the entrepreneurs who can successfully license and commercialize them. By helping to move these innovations from the laboratory to the market, the Portal facilitates an integral step in supporting growing America’s clean energy industries and meeting the Administration’s clean energy goals.

There are those that believe that government should not be “picking winners and losers.” However, as Secretary Chu states, “Our National Laboratories are a major driver of innovation in this country. By connecting American entrepreneurs with cutting-edge, ready-to-commercialize technologies from the National Labs, the DOE Innovation Portal is helping to grow our economy and create the next generation of American jobs.”

The National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA and the Department of Defense have, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, contributed to the technology advancement of this country. In this highly politicised environment, reductions in applied research and the programs that support them like this Portal would be short sighted and not in the long term security interest of this nation.

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Secretary Chu Announces Major New Recovery Act Milestone: 300,000 Homes Weatherized

January 26, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that states and territories across the country have now weatherized more than 300,000 low-income homes under the Recovery Act, a major milestone in the Department’s efforts to reduce home energy bills for families.  This means that states are now more than 50 percent of the way toward meeting President Obama’s goal of weatherizing approximately 600,000 homes under the Recovery Act.  The weatherization program is helping families save money on their energy bills by improving home energy efficiency with upgrades like insulation, air-sealing, and more efficient heating and cooling systems.   The program has also trained a new generation of clean energy workers and is employing more than 15,000 workers nationwide. 

 ”Today marks a major milestone for the weatherization program and shows once again that we are on pace to meet the goals of the Recovery Act.  This program has already benefitted 300,000 low-income families and put thousands of people to work,” said Secretary Chu.  “Through the weatherization program, we are laying the groundwork for a broader efficiency industry in the U.S. that will help grow our economy while saving money for American families.”

 Through November, the network of state offices, local agencies, and weatherization providers has completed 300,000 homes. Of the total, more than 100,000 have been completed in just the last four months, showing the dramatically accelerated pace of weatherization under the program.  A state-by-state breakdown of the homes weatherized through November is available on the Energy Efficiency Pillar page.

 Weatherization assistance reduces energy consumption for low-income families on average 35 percent, saving families on average more than $400 on their heating and cool bills in the first year alone.  Nationwide, the weatherization of 300,000 homes is estimated to save $161 million in energy costs in just the first year. 

 DOE has worked closely with state and local governments to ensure the program is well-managed, responsive, and flexible.  Nearly all of the states and territories involved in the program have met the milestone of weatherizing more than 30 percent of their targeted number of homes and many have completed more than half of their goals to date.

 Read more information on the Weatherization Assistance Program.


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 Media contact(s): (202) 586-4940

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DOE Webinar November 17: Quantifying the Impact of State Policies on Clean Energy Development

November 16, 2010

November 16, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) presents a Webinar this Wednesday about how to quantify the impact of state and local policies on developing clean energy markets.
At this Webinar you will hear about state policies and aspects of policy design that are statistically connected to increased energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development. The speakers will discuss how policy longevity and combined policies that influence different markets and technologies tend to be found in states that generate more clean energy. And you will hear from the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office about how that state’s policies have helped foster renewable energy development.

The presentation will take place this Wednesday, November 17, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and is titled State of the States: Quantifying the Impact of State Policies on Clean Energy Development.

CLICK HERE to Register to attend the November 17 Webinar

This Webinar is free of charge, but you must sign up ahead of time to obtain an Internet address (URL) for the presentation and call-in phone number. You can register online, find information about the presenters, and read background materials and reports on the Technical Assistance Webinars page of the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Web site. See also a complete listing of TAP Webinars on the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable (EERE) Energy Solution Center.

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Prepare for Winter – Weatherproof your Exterior Doors

November 13, 2010

Weatherproofing your exterior doors is an easy and cost effective way to say energy this winter. A 1/8″ crack around a typical 6’8″ entry door is the same as having a window 36″ wide, open 1″ all winter long! 

Unless you have a brand new home, your door may have fallen out of alignment. Take a litle time to make certain your door is straight and true before you begin weatherproofing (not crocked). This extra step will also save on weatherproofing material! Start by shimming out your door so that it is even all the way around its opening. to do this it is easiest to shim out the hinges. You can buy a pack of shims at any home improvement store. 

Install metal tension strips (or plastic ones)  next to the door stops at the point where your door contacts the stops when closed. Use a putty knife to pry out the tension strips far enough so that it creates a good seal when the door is closed. 

Add an aluminum or vinyl door jamb weatherstrip to the edge of the door stop on the external side.

Attach a new bristle sweep to the bottom of the door. Here’s an option: You may prefer to attach a new door bottom with an integral sweep on the inside and drip edge on the outside. This often requires that you adjust your threshold height, and/or slightly plane the bottom of your door. If you plane the door, make sure to seal the wood.

Fix any cracks in door panels or around light panels with wood filler or caulk.

You may want to add a storm door if you don’t have one. It can add years to the outward finish and surface of your entry door, it helps insulate and weatherproof, provides additional security and improves the appearance of your house, all at the same time. Not a bad investment of time, they are easy to install, just FOLLOW  THE  INSTRUCTIONS!!

Happy projects.

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