For Tribal members that have a background in electrical trades, the solar & wind industries are also a good place to look if you want to make a shift in your career.
Check our Solar & Wind pages for additional information.
Weatherization and energy auditing are two of
the most funded trainings right now. The
federal government is preparing to put out
contracts to upgrade their buildings, Stimulus
cities for the same. Austin passed a city
ordinance requiring all homes must be
audited prior to being sold. HUD is putting
out grants to upgrade Tribal and lower
income houses. There are lots of
opportunities on the horizon.
Weatherization careers and skill sets:
Energy Auditing careers and skill sets:
There are different applications for energy
auditing, residential, commercial and
industrial. Even the USDA has guidelines for
auditing a farm or ranch:
"An energy audit identifies and evaluates
energy management on the farm or ranch.
During an audit, a report is developed to
record energy use. Individual unit operations,
processes, and large equipment are
evaluated to identify energy efficiency.
Typically an action report is produced that
describes the where energy is being lost or
wasted, an estimate of the cost to implement
the changes, the savings that will be
generated, and an estimation of the payback
Energy Auditor & Weatherization
Solar lighting system
New lighting systems utilizing light-emitting
diodes (LEDs) powered by solar cells provide
innovative applications for haul road safety
lighting. The low power drain of an LED
makes solar power more practical than in
the past. Installation requires no wiring. The
placement of solar-powered LEDs for lighting
a busy intersection, sharp curve, foggy area,
narrow passage or any place of safety
concern, is only limited by the ability of the
solar cell to receive ample charge from
Solar-powered lighting does not require any
connection to the electrical grid allowing any
skilled contractor to install solar-powered
IREC’s on-line course catalog currently lists over
170 renewable energy courses offered by 31
course and the provider. A direct link to the
provider’s web site gives the user more detailed
information about the course or program.
Courses can be sorted by state or technology.
This project was coordinated by the Interstate
Renewable Energy Council (IREC) along with the
Partnership for Environmental Technology
Education (PETE) and Lane Community College .
IREC emphasizes education and outreach,
technical assistance, workforce development,
the adoption and implementation of uniform
guidelines and standards, consumer
protection and building networks to share
experiences and information.