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  • Jim & Janet
    Great news for the PV industry nationwide. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, the first national PV installers certification program,
    Message 1 of 8 , Nov 3, 2003
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      Great news for the PV industry nationwide. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners,  the first national PV installers certification program, finished it's first certification testing last month. Having NABCEP Certified installers will add a whole new level of integrity to the business of PV and wind installation.
      All the early details are here though it will be several weeks before the total results will be available.
      Jim Duncan
      Fort Worth
    • Steven Shepard
      IMHO this is a load of bunk. There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large. Those standards are the NEC
      Message 2 of 8 , Nov 3, 2003
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        IMHO this is a load of bunk.  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.  Those standards are the NEC and licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.  When the time comes that we allow a bunch of unqualified industry pundits to dictate to consumers and business practitioners alike who, what, where, how and why renewable energy technology will be applied it can only be a mistake.  The NABCEP is populated with political insiders and utilities more interested in controlling this industry, this economy and the people at large.  Both TREIA and TXSES support the NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their funding.  Utility companies are not your friend.  Don't fall for this crap.
         
        SBT Designs
        25840 IH-10 West #1
        Boerne, Texas 78006
        210-698-7109
        FAX: 210-698-7147
        www.sbtdesigns.com
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        Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 8:44 AM
        Subject: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

        Great news for the PV industry nationwide. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners,  the first national PV installers certification program, finished it's first certification testing last month. Having NABCEP Certified installers will add a whole new level of integrity to the business of PV and wind installation.
        All the early details are here though it will be several weeks before the total results will be available.
        Jim Duncan
        Fort Worth


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      • Jim & Janet
        Steven Shepard wrote: There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large. And the NEC, IEEE and UL, among
        Message 3 of 8 , Nov 3, 2003
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          Steven Shepard wrote:
           
          There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.
           
          And the NEC, IEEE and UL, among others, have been in place for decades for that very reason. Now that solar is becoming mainstream, these highly regarded agencies have come to recognize the importance of standards in the solar installation industry. Would you buy an inverter that doesn't carry certification by these 3 agencies? The state of California and the other states following their lead won't certify a PV system without it. This only adds legitimacy to the PV Industry.
           
          ...licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.
           
          Just because you are a licensed Electrician doesn't mean that you automatically know the technical points of designing or installing a PV system. And, from 20 years of related  personal experience, I know that, just because you are an Electrical Engineer, doesn't automatically qualify you to design a PV system.
           
          bunch of unqualified industry pundits...
           
          "The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives."  http://www.nabcep.org/ 
          These volunteers include the likes of those slackers from:
           
            Southwest Technology Development Institute
              National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
              National Renewable Energy Laboratory
              Shell Solar
              Southwest Technology Development Institute
              Florida Solar Energy Center
              International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
              Sacramento Municipal Utility District
              Sandia National Laboratories
              National Electrical Contractors Association
              Endecon Engineering
              Solar Energy Industries Association
              Sharp Electronics Corporation
              National Renewable Energy Laboratory
              Interstate Renewable Energy Council
              RWE SCHOTT Solar, Inc.
              Photovoltaic Energy Applied Research, BCIT
              Climate Institute
              University of Nevada, Reno/SRCC
              SunWize
           
          This doesn't even include the handfull of PV installers on the board.
           
          ...Utility companies are not your friend.
           
          Maybe utilities do represent a huge obstacle to National Interconnection Standards and fair consumer payment for net-metering nationwide, but utilities have lost one of their biggest arguments against PV over the safety of grid-tied PV systems; Inverter Certification by NEC, IEEE and UL allow for guaranteed safe grid-tied installations. Any other sort of certification, including installers, is going to further weaken their monopoly hold on their ratepayers.
          Some form of National Interconnection Standards are a part of the Bush Secret Energy Bill. If those standards don't get approved this time, it's only because not enough people are screaming at Congress to get a clue.
           
          ...NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities
          I don't know who NABCEP gets its funding from. Maybe you should call Peter Sheehan, their Executive Director at (518) 889-8126 and ask him.
          Jim Duncan
          North Texas Renewable Energy Inc.
          4029 Aragon Drive
          Fort Worth,Texas 76133
          817.917.0527
          ntrei@...
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          Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 10:07 AM
          Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

          IMHO this is a load of bunk.  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.  Those standards are the NEC and licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.  When the time comes that we allow a bunch of unqualified industry pundits to dictate to consumers and business practitioners alike who, what, where, how and why renewable energy technology will be applied it can only be a mistake.  The NABCEP is populated with political insiders and utilities more interested in controlling this industry, this economy and the people at large.  Both TREIA and TXSES support the NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their funding.  Utility companies are not your friend.  Don't fall for this crap.
           
          SBT Designs
          25840 IH-10 West #1
          Boerne, Texas 78006
          210-698-7109
          FAX: 210-698-7147
          www.sbtdesigns.com
          ----- Original Message -----
          Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 8:44 AM
          Subject: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

          Great news for the PV industry nationwide. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners,  the first national PV installers certification program, finished it's first certification testing last month. Having NABCEP Certified installers will add a whole new level of integrity to the business of PV and wind installation.
          All the early details are here though it will be several weeks before the total results will be available.
          Jim Duncan
          Fort Worth

        • Chuck Wright
          Steve, Can you document your assertion that TXSES and TREIA are now dominated by utilities. Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their
          Message 4 of 8 , Nov 3, 2003
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            Steve,

            Can you document your assertion that TXSES and TREIA "are
            now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations
            the majority of their funding."?

            Inquiring minds want to know.

            Thanks,
            Chuck Wright
            ----- Original Message -----
            Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 10:07 AM
            Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

            IMHO this is a load of bunk.  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.  Those standards are the NEC and licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.  When the time comes that we allow a bunch of unqualified industry pundits to dictate to consumers and business practitioners alike who, what, where, how and why renewable energy technology will be applied it can only be a mistake.  The NABCEP is populated with political insiders and utilities more interested in controlling this industry, this economy and the people at large.  Both TREIA and TXSES support the NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their funding.  Utility companies are not your friend.  Don't fall for this crap.
             
            SBT Designs
            25840 IH-10 West #1
            Boerne, Texas 78006
            210-698-7109
            FAX: 210-698-7147
            www.sbtdesigns.com

            -- 
            Chuck Wright
            http://chuck-wright.com
          • Steven Shepard
            Look at the list of current board members and candidates. It is utility loaded. SBT Designs 25581 IH-10 West San Antonio, Texas 78255 210-698-7109 FAX:
            Message 5 of 8 , Nov 3, 2003
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              Look at the list of current board members and candidates.  It is utility loaded.
               
              SBT Designs
              25581 IH-10 West
              San Antonio, Texas 78255
              210-698-7109
              FAX: 210-698-7147
              www.sbtdesigns.com
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              Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 1:21 PM
              Subject: Re: [ntreg] Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

              Steve,

              Can you document your assertion that TXSES and TREIA "are
              now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations
              the majority of their funding."?

              Inquiring minds want to know.

              Thanks,
              Chuck Wright
              ----- Original Message -----
              Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 10:07 AM
              Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

              IMHO this is a load of bunk.  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.  Those standards are the NEC and licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.  When the time comes that we allow a bunch of unqualified industry pundits to dictate to consumers and business practitioners alike who, what, where, how and why renewable energy technology will be applied it can only be a mistake.  The NABCEP is populated with political insiders and utilities more interested in controlling this industry, this economy and the people at large.  Both TREIA and TXSES support the NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their funding.  Utility companies are not your friend.  Don't fall for this crap.
               
              SBT Designs
              25840 IH-10 West #1
              Boerne, Texas 78006
              210-698-7109
              FAX: 210-698-7147
              www.sbtdesigns.com

              -- 
              Chuck Wright
              http://chuck-wright.com


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            • Texas Solar Energy Society
              Just for clarity s sake, TREIA and TXSES are, of course, two entirely separate legal entities. I can not speak for TREIA, but as the Executive Director of
              Message 6 of 8 , Nov 3, 2003
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                Just for clarity's sake, TREIA and TXSES are, of course, two entirely separate legal entities.  I can not speak for TREIA, but as the Executive Director of TXSES I can tell you with all certainty that not one single utility is a member nor does TXSES derive one cent of income from a utility.  The Green Building Program, housed at Austin Energy, is a sponsor for the Renewable Energy Roundup.  This hardly qualifies as "supplying both organizations with the majority of their funding."  TXSES continues to be supported by its grassroots members, EarthShare of Texas work place giving campaigns, and sometimes profits from major events such as the national conference or The Roundup in a good year.
                ----- Original Message -----
                Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 1:21 PM
                Subject: Re: [ntreg] Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                Steve,

                Can you document your assertion that TXSES and TREIA "are
                now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations
                the majority of their funding."?

                Inquiring minds want to know.

                Thanks,
                Chuck Wright
                ----- Original Message -----
                Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 10:07 AM
                Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                IMHO this is a load of bunk.  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.  Those standards are the NEC and licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.  When the time comes that we allow a bunch of unqualified industry pundits to dictate to consumers and business practitioners alike who, what, where, how and why renewable energy technology will be applied it can only be a mistake.  The NABCEP is populated with political insiders and utilities more interested in controlling this industry, this economy and the people at large.  Both TREIA and TXSES support the NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their funding.  Utility companies are not your friend.  Don't fall for this crap.
                 
                SBT Designs
                25840 IH-10 West #1
                Boerne, Texas 78006
                210-698-7109
                FAX: 210-698-7147
                www.sbtdesigns.com

                -- 
                Chuck Wright
                http://chuck-wright.com


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              • Steven Shepard
                I doubt you are qualified to speak for NEC, UL or the IEEE but you do make my point that the NABCEP is reinventing the wheel and adding additional and
                Message 7 of 8 , Nov 4, 2003
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                  I doubt you are qualified to speak for NEC, UL or the IEEE but you do make my point that the NABCEP is reinventing the wheel and adding additional and unnecessary rules and regulations on top of an industry and technology that does not require their input.
                   
                  Rarely is there a situation where additional laws, rules and regulations add any value except perhaps with non-profits who tailor their structure in order to invite additional funding.
                   
                  SBT Designs
                  25581 IH-10 West
                  San Antonio, Texas 78255
                  210-698-7109
                  FAX: 210-698-7147
                  www.sbtdesigns.com
                  ----- Original Message -----
                  Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 11:59 AM
                  Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                  Steven Shepard wrote:
                   
                  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.
                   
                  And the NEC, IEEE and UL, among others, have been in place for decades for that very reason. Now that solar is becoming mainstream, these highly regarded agencies have come to recognize the importance of standards in the solar installation industry. Would you buy an inverter that doesn't carry certification by these 3 agencies? The state of California and the other states following their lead won't certify a PV system without it. This only adds legitimacy to the PV Industry.
                   
                  ...licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.
                   
                  Just because you are a licensed Electrician doesn't mean that you automatically know the technical points of designing or installing a PV system. And, from 20 years of related  personal experience, I know that, just because you are an Electrical Engineer, doesn't automatically qualify you to design a PV system.
                   
                  bunch of unqualified industry pundits...
                   
                  "The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives."  http://www.nabcep.org/ 
                  These volunteers include the likes of those slackers from:
                   
                    Southwest Technology Development Institute
                      National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
                      National Renewable Energy Laboratory
                      Shell Solar
                      Southwest Technology Development Institute
                      Florida Solar Energy Center
                      International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
                      Sacramento Municipal Utility District
                      Sandia National Laboratories
                      National Electrical Contractors Association
                      Endecon Engineering
                      Solar Energy Industries Association
                      Sharp Electronics Corporation
                      National Renewable Energy Laboratory
                      Interstate Renewable Energy Council
                      RWE SCHOTT Solar, Inc.
                      Photovoltaic Energy Applied Research, BCIT
                      Climate Institute
                      University of Nevada, Reno/SRCC
                      SunWize
                   
                  This doesn't even include the handfull of PV installers on the board.
                   
                  ...Utility companies are not your friend.
                   
                  Maybe utilities do represent a huge obstacle to National Interconnection Standards and fair consumer payment for net-metering nationwide, but utilities have lost one of their biggest arguments against PV over the safety of grid-tied PV systems; Inverter Certification by NEC, IEEE and UL allow for guaranteed safe grid-tied installations. Any other sort of certification, including installers, is going to further weaken their monopoly hold on their ratepayers.
                  Some form of National Interconnection Standards are a part of the Bush Secret Energy Bill. If those standards don't get approved this time, it's only because not enough people are screaming at Congress to get a clue.
                   
                  ...NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities
                  I don't know who NABCEP gets its funding from. Maybe you should call Peter Sheehan, their Executive Director at (518) 889-8126 and ask him.
                  Jim Duncan
                  North Texas Renewable Energy Inc.
                  4029 Aragon Drive
                  Fort Worth,Texas 76133
                  817.917.0527
                  ntrei@...
                  **************************
                  ----- Original Message -----
                  Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 10:07 AM
                  Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                  IMHO this is a load of bunk.  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.  Those standards are the NEC and licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.  When the time comes that we allow a bunch of unqualified industry pundits to dictate to consumers and business practitioners alike who, what, where, how and why renewable energy technology will be applied it can only be a mistake.  The NABCEP is populated with political insiders and utilities more interested in controlling this industry, this economy and the people at large.  Both TREIA and TXSES support the NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their funding.  Utility companies are not your friend.  Don't fall for this crap.
                   
                  SBT Designs
                  25840 IH-10 West #1
                  Boerne, Texas 78006
                  210-698-7109
                  FAX: 210-698-7147
                  www.sbtdesigns.com
                  ----- Original Message -----
                  Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 8:44 AM
                  Subject: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                  Great news for the PV industry nationwide. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners,  the first national PV installers certification program, finished it's first certification testing last month. Having NABCEP Certified installers will add a whole new level of integrity to the business of PV and wind installation.
                  All the early details are here though it will be several weeks before the total results will be available.
                  Jim Duncan
                  Fort Worth



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                • Michael Christie
                  Steve, It is apparent that Jim Duncan has hit a sore spot with you. I am curious as to why your replies are so caustic. Perhaps there is more here than meets
                  Message 8 of 8 , Nov 5, 2008
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                    Steve,
                     
                    It is apparent that Jim Duncan has hit a sore spot with you. I am curious as to why your replies are so caustic. Perhaps there is more here than meets the eye of us uneducated masses? Could you explain your views a little more calmly and informatively? Or refrain??? I tune into this discussion group to learn, so your specific comments as to why NABCEP is so bogus would be appreciated.
                     
                    For the benifit of anyone who is interested in home wind energy, here is a site with honest real life data on several different wind generators: http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndsu/klemen/index.htm. It is a very informative site.
                     
                    Michael Christie
                     
                     -----Original Message-----
                    From: Steven Shepard [mailto:sbtdesigns@...]
                    Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 7:41 AM
                    To: hreg@yahoogroups.com; ntreg@yahoogroups.com; SolarAustin@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                    I doubt you are qualified to speak for NEC, UL or the IEEE but you do make my point that the NABCEP is reinventing the wheel and adding additional and unnecessary rules and regulations on top of an industry and technology that does not require their input.
                     
                    Rarely is there a situation where additional laws, rules and regulations add any value except perhaps with non-profits who tailor their structure in order to invite additional funding.
                     
                    SBT Designs
                    25581 IH-10 West
                    San Antonio, Texas 78255
                    210-698-7109
                    FAX: 210-698-7147
                    www.sbtdesigns.com
                    ----- Original Message -----
                    Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 11:59 AM
                    Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                    Steven Shepard wrote:
                     
                    There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.
                     
                    And the NEC, IEEE and UL, among others, have been in place for decades for that very reason. Now that solar is becoming mainstream, these highly regarded agencies have come to recognize the importance of standards in the solar installation industry. Would you buy an inverter that doesn't carry certification by these 3 agencies? The state of California and the other states following their lead won't certify a PV system without it. This only adds legitimacy to the PV Industry.
                     
                    ...licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.
                     
                    Just because you are a licensed Electrician doesn't mean that you automatically know the technical points of designing or installing a PV system. And, from 20 years of related  personal experience, I know that, just because you are an Electrical Engineer, doesn't automatically qualify you to design a PV system.
                     
                    bunch of unqualified industry pundits...
                     
                    "The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives."  http://www.nabcep.org/ 
                    These volunteers include the likes of those slackers from:
                     
                      Southwest Technology Development Institute
                        National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
                        National Renewable Energy Laboratory
                        Shell Solar
                        Southwest Technology Development Institute
                        Florida Solar Energy Center
                        International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
                        Sacramento Municipal Utility District
                        Sandia National Laboratories
                        National Electrical Contractors Association
                        Endecon Engineering
                        Solar Energy Industries Association
                        Sharp Electronics Corporation
                        National Renewable Energy Laboratory
                        Interstate Renewable Energy Council
                        RWE SCHOTT Solar, Inc.
                        Photovoltaic Energy Applied Research, BCIT
                        Climate Institute
                        University of Nevada, Reno/SRCC
                        SunWize
                     
                    This doesn't even include the handfull of PV installers on the board.
                     
                    ...Utility companies are not your friend.
                     
                    Maybe utilities do represent a huge obstacle to National Interconnection Standards and fair consumer payment for net-metering nationwide, but utilities have lost one of their biggest arguments against PV over the safety of grid-tied PV systems; Inverter Certification by NEC, IEEE and UL allow for guaranteed safe grid-tied installations. Any other sort of certification, including installers, is going to further weaken their monopoly hold on their ratepayers.
                    Some form of National Interconnection Standards are a part of the Bush Secret Energy Bill. If those standards don't get approved this time, it's only because not enough people are screaming at Congress to get a clue.
                     
                    ...NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities
                    I don't know who NABCEP gets its funding from. Maybe you should call Peter Sheehan, their Executive Director at (518) 889-8126 and ask him.
                    Jim Duncan
                    North Texas Renewable Energy Inc.
                    4029 Aragon Drive
                    Fort Worth,Texas 76133
                    817.917.0527
                    ntrei@...
                    **************************
                    ----- Original Message -----
                    Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 10:07 AM
                    Subject: Re: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                    IMHO this is a load of bunk.  There have long been standards and regulations in place to control the electrical industry at large.  Those standards are the NEC and licensing of qualified installers called Engineers and electricians.  When the time comes that we allow a bunch of unqualified industry pundits to dictate to consumers and business practitioners alike who, what, where, how and why renewable energy technology will be applied it can only be a mistake.  The NABCEP is populated with political insiders and utilities more interested in controlling this industry, this economy and the people at large.  Both TREIA and TXSES support the NABCEP mission because they are now dominated by utilities.  Utilities now supply both organizations the majority of their funding.  Utility companies are not your friend.  Don't fall for this crap.
                     
                    SBT Designs
                    25840 IH-10 West #1
                    Boerne, Texas 78006
                    210-698-7109
                    FAX: 210-698-7147
                    www.sbtdesigns.com
                    ----- Original Message -----
                    Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 8:44 AM
                    Subject: [hreg] First National Certification Exam Completed for Solar PV Installers

                    Great news for the PV industry nationwide. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners,  the first national PV installers certification program, finished it's first certification testing last month. Having NABCEP Certified installers will add a whole new level of integrity to the business of PV and wind installation.
                    All the early details are here though it will be several weeks before the total results will be available.
                    Jim Duncan
                    Fort Worth



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