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The ‘Clean Energy Credentialing Coalition’ announced its launch at Solar Power International in Chicago yesterday.

The consortium of renewable energy associates and professionals was formed in response to the growing industry and the need for independent creditors. They are campaigning the importance of credentials to distinguish industry experts in renewable energy.

The coalition hopes to increase awareness and boost consumer confidence in renewables and assist industry professionals in being recognised.

The current coalition members include the Building Performance Institute (BPI), Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC) and the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) – all joined together to support recognition of reliable professionals within renewable energy.

Richard Lawrence, executive director of NABCEP said: “To have a solar system successfully operate for decades, the components must be reliable and perform as promised, and they must be installed properly by competent personnel. Respected credentialing organisations assure that customers are getting the quality they expect.”

“Credentialing is the best tool we have to instil confidence in clean energy products and professionals,” says Jim Huggins, technical director of SRCC.

Eileen Prado of the SRCC added how the new system will benefit America’s energy independence and job creation.

“United in the pursuit of quality, safety and efficiency, the coalition will work to encourage consumers and other stakeholders to look for credentialed renewable energy and energy efficiency professionals and products,” said coalition member Larry Zarker, of BPI.

“The strength of this group is the collective commitment to better workmanship, better products and better training.” Jane Weissman, president and CEO of IREC adds: “It is evident that the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries place high value on raising the bar for quality assurances.”

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