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Our Mission

ImagineSolar is dedicated to accelerating the non-carbon-emitting transformation of the energy industry through solar and smart grid education, industry advisory services and community advocacy and public policy work.

We prepare our customers for clean energy careers and industry certifications.  Our curriculum is delivered through onsite and online lectures, hands-on labs, online courses, and employee training programs.

ImagineSolar establishes partnerships with leading manufacturers, distributors, installation companies, training, and accreditation organizations to ensure that our courses are teaching best practices using the most current technologies and methods for the solar and smart grid industries.

Our Timeline

2002
2002

Conducting Advocacy, Training & Advisory Services

2002

Company Founded

2002

Solar Austin, Member of Founding Steering Committee

2002

Austin Clean Energy Initiative (ACE), Member of Founding Steering Committee

2002

Invited participant for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Distributed Energy Workshop, Austin, TX

2002

Speaker: Solar Electric Power Association Annual Conference, The Photovoltaic Experience, UPEx ’02

2003
2003

Member, Resource Management Commission (RMC) for the City of Austin: founder’s 2003 resolutions included a new aggressive renewable energy portfolio, specific goals for solar electric power in the city’s 5-year plan, and a new budget for a solar rebate program – the first in Texas

2004
2004

Conducted 1st Solar Training for City of Austin Inspectors with John Hoffner

2005
2005

Conducted the 1st Value of Solar Study in Texas as a Member of Clean Power Research Consulting Team

2005

Recruited to be a Member of the Solar Circle

2005

Created 1st Community College Solar Training Program in Texas at Austin Community College

2006
2006

Publication: The Value of Distributed Photovoltaics to Austin Energy and the City of Austin, Clean Power Research: Thomas E. Hoff, Richard Perez, Gerry Braun, Michael Kuhn, Benjamin Norris. March 2006

2006

Volunteer Advisory Services: Solar Decathlon, University of Texas

2006

Speaker: University of Texas, Workshop on Renewable Energy, “Solar Innovation: Technology, Market, and Value,” October 2006

2007
2007

2007 – 2009: Implementing Projects & Training Innovation

2007

Publication: Opportunity on the Horizon: Photovoltaics in Texas, IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, June 2007

2007

Publication: Opportunity on the Horizon: Photovoltaics in Texas, IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, June 2007

2007

Speaker: Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association, Annual Conference, panel moderator for “Rural and Urban Opportunities for Solar Electricity and Storage Solutions” and presenter for “Solar PV Electricity: Opportunity and Value,” November 2007

2008
2008

Speaker: Solar Power International 2008, Annual Conference, “Accelerating Solar on a Local Level,” October 2008

2008

Speaker: Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International Annual Outlook, “Outlook for Photovoltaics: Market and Technology,” November 2008

2009
2009

Advisory Services: Implemented U.S. Department of Energy, Solar America Cities Project for CH2MHill, City of Minneapolis/City of St. Paul

2009

1st to Implement Solar Train-the-Trainer Project in Texas: Designed and implemented a solar photovoltaics train-the-trainer program to train educators throughout Texas. Funding for this program was provided by State of Texas funds approved by the United States Department of Energy. Program implementation was done through the Austin Community College

2009

Founder Achieves NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification

2009

Founder Becomes the 1st IREC ISPQ Master Trainer for Solar Photovoltaics in Texas and the 8th in the Nation

2009

1st in the nation to implement three-instructor training model for hands-on labs during solar workshops

2009

Approved by NABCEP as a PV Entry Level Program (now the Associate program) training provider

2010
2010

2010 – 2012: Expanding Solar Industry Training

2010

NABCEP Volunteer: Founder served on the PV Job Task Analysis Review Committee

2010

Designed and Implemented the Comprehensive-National Electrician and Solar Training (C-NEST) program funded by an Energy Training Partnership Grant from the Department of Labor, and ARRA HGEI

2010

Advisory Services: Conducted U.S. Department of Energy, Solar America Cities Project for CH2MHill, City of New Orleans

2010

Implemented the 1st in the nation complete NABCEP Alternative Experience Pathway solar training program for electricians

2010

Speaker: Texas Workforce Commission – Annual Workforce Conference, “Comprehensive-National Electrician Solar Training”

2010

Speaker: Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association, Annual Conference, “Renewables Education & Workforce Development: Creating the Supply”

2010

IREC Volunteer: Founder served on the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Credentialing Advisory Board

2011
2011

Launched 1st in nation blended learning platform for solar training: onsite plus online plus online live streaming

2011

Speaker: IREC Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference, “Building a Workforce Training Ecosystem for Customer Success”

2011

Awarded IREC Accredited Continuing Education Provider for ImagineSolar courses PV201, PV320, PV321, and PV330

2011

NABCEP Volunteer: PV Installation Professional Technical Committee

2011

Founder featured in Chief Learning Officer Magazine for solar blended learning platform

2011

Expanded C-NEST solar training program into New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas and greater Texas

2012
2012

Texas Workforce Investment Council, Office of the Governor, recognizes ImagineSolar as a model of promising practice for electrician apprenticeship training programs

2012

Volunteer Appointment: Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee

2013
2013

2013 – 2015: Walking the Talk as a Solar Contractor

2013

Solar Energy System Maintenance Contractor for the City of Austin Utility Austin Energy: PV system trouble-shooting and repair

2013

Solar PV System Inspection Contractor for IBTS

2014
2014

Founder Recognized as NABCEP Emeritus, PV Installation Professional

2015
2015

Founder Achieves NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional™ Certification

2016
2016

2016 – Current: Continuing the Mission to Train and Empower Others

2016

Volunteer Solar Contractor for KOOP Radio solar project

2017
2017

NABCEP Volunteer: PV Technical Sales Technical Committee & Job Task Analysis

2018
2018

In addition to customers throughout the USA, ImagineSolar has now provided training services to international clients in countries such as: Africa, Australia, Canada, India, Lebanon, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates

Our Customers

Since 2002, ImagineSolar has provided solar training to customers from around the world as well as across the USA (see map below). Our customers include, but are not limited to:

  • Utilities
  • Government Agencies
  • Project Developers
  • Entrepreneurs and New Ventures
  • Commercial Accounts
  • Engineering Companies
  • Contractors and Builders
  • Investors
  • Schools
  • Non-profits
  • Individuals developing their solar and smart grid careers

 

Our Credentials

We are the first combined solar and smart grid training organization in Texas, and we offer over 200 hours of courses and workshops as well as project consulting, workforce training and custom courses for corporate clients.  Our clients include commercial accounts, engineering companies, contractors, project developers, new ventures, utilities, investors, government agencies (all levels), schools and non-profits, as well as individuals who want to build their careers in the Solar and Smart Grid industries.

ImagineSolar is approved by NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) as a Registered NABCEP Associate Provider. Our courses are in sync with NABCEP’s learning objectives and job task analyses, and are designed to prepare you for NABCEP’s certification exams.

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