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Department Of Energy

The Department Of Energy has one of the most diverse histories of all government agencies even though it has only existed for just a quarter century. Its roots arguably began with the Manhattan Project and the DOE proudly supports maintains many historically significant properties and contributes to museums across the country.

Currently, the Department of Energy has 5 main goals:

1. ENERGY SECURITY: Promoting America’s energy security through reliable, clean and affordable energy.

2. NUCLEAR SECURITY: Ensuring America’s nuclear security.

3. SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION: Strengthing U.S. scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and improving quality of life thorugh innovations in science and technology.

4. ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: Protecting the environment by providing a responsible solution to the environmental legacy of nuclear weapons production.

5. MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE: Enabling the mission through sound management.

For more information, visit the Department of Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a federal laboratory dedicated to research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Historically, NREL has developed a reputation for its research and development of energy technology, but they also focus on working with small businesses to bring technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

NREL concentrates their efforts in the following emerging idustries:

Advanced Vehicles and Fuels

Biomass

Concentrating Solar Power

Electric Infrastructure Systems

Energy Analysis

Geothermal

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Photovoltaic

Wind

If you have a small business or if your business is disadvanteged, women-owned, or veteran owned, NREL offers:

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements

Technologies Available for Licensing

Technology Partnerships

Research Facilities

For more detailed information on how NREL could help your small business, visit the NREL website.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

NABCEP is a non profit organization that offers a voluntary certification program for renewable energy professionals. NABCEP stands for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and is primarily focused on educating and maintaining effective installation practices for solar electric and solar thermal installation specialists.

SHOULD YOU GET NABCEP CERTIFIED?
While NABCEP certification is directed towards educating installation professionals, many of the solar industries highest paid professionals choose to become certified. If your serious about a long term career in renewable energy, NABCEP certification is probably for you.

SECRET:
NABCEP provides a simple study guide for a brief overview of the test, but the secret to passing the exam is to study the additional resources listed on the website. The actual exam is nothing like the study guide and focuses largely on concepts, not specifics because the NEC code book and a calculator will be provided.

Click here for direct access to the NABCEP Resources page.