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Types of Green Careers

A green career may be any position which is dedicated (or contributes) to preserving and restoring the environment's natural resources. Green careers contribute to protecting the overall environmental quality. They also meet the previously discussed goals of the labor movement, which consist of adequate wages, safe working conditions, and employee rights.... read more

Why Do-It-Yourself Solar Panels Will Not Eclipse Commercial Panels

One hesitancy those considering a career in solar panel installation might have is the huge number of "do-it-yourself" solar panel guides available for free or at a very low price on the Internet.  However, just as individual, do-it-yourself homebuilding will never eclipse commercial home construction, so do-it-yourself solar panels will never eclipse commercial solar panel installation. 

Why will DIY solar not eclipse commercial solar panels?  There are four simple reasons:... read more

Are You Already Qualified for a Career in Solar?

What does it take to get started with a career in installing solar panels?  At the moment, because it is such a new industry, not all states require solar installers to have licenses.  This means that for some individuals with certain existing qualifications, getting started with a career in solar is easy.

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How to Become a Home Energy Survey Professional

The green industry is full of opportunity for individuals willing to take on the challenge – which includes obtaining the proper green job training and certifications.  Of the many green career paths you can take, becoming a Home Energy Survey Professional may yield the rewarding fulfillment you seek from entering the green industry. ... read more

Participate in Largest B2B Solar Event and Green Job Training

Allied Schools will exhibit at the upcoming Solar Power International event, showcasing its flexible and convenient online green courses. Addressing the demands of the increasing renewable energy industry, the school will promote green business-to-business and student training opportunities.

Allied will occupy booth #3275 at Solar Power International, which will be held in Anaheim, California from October 27th to October 29th. The event is North America's largest business-to-business solar industry expo, with 900+ exhibitors and exhibit hall that includes all types of solar technologies, from PV to solar heating. There are expected to be more than 25,000 attendees. Registration is available at

With the current administration committed to doubling U.S. renewable energy by 2012, there is expected to be a steady need for trained professionals. Allied has developed career-training courses in today's emerging green technologies. The 100% online courses include: • Advanced Principles of Photovoltaic Systems • Business of Solar • Home Energy Survey Professional • Introduction to Green Building • Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems • LEED – Green Building Practices • Weatherization and Energy Efficiency

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$350 Million Green Building Renovation Designed For Sustainability Goals

It's the first of its kind – a $350 million green building renovation on one of the most visible landmarks today, the Chicago Willis Tower (previously the Sears Tower). In an effort to reduce energy consumption by as much as 80 percent, a significant modernization project has been planned. The project is designed to result in energy savings and reduced CO2 emission, and serve as a highly-visible 'green building' example.

Chicago Willis Tower Goes Green, Chicago Sears Tower goes Green... read more

How to Become a Solar Energy Professional In California

California has been a longtime proponent of solar energy use, which is a major component of the green movement currently sweeping the United States. A recent report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council supports this fact. Their study shows that solar capacity in California increased by a third from 2007 to 2008, and now represents about two-thirds of the national total.... read more

How to Become a Solar Photovoltaic Installer

To become a certified PV installer, you must meet prerequisites of related experience and/or education. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP),, lists the various requirements for solar PV installer certification. Certification is voluntary. To become NABCEP certified, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Meet prerequisites of related experience and/or education
  • Sign a code of ethics and standards of practice
  • Pass a written exam

An installer is certified for three years. To maintain this professional designation, you must meet continuing education requirements and install a specified number of systems per year.

According to NABCEP, "the certification program has been developed and designed carefully following professional credentialing guidelines. Standards, developed by experts in the field, have been set and the eligibility requirements to become certified are based on extensive input from installers and members of the solar industry."

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