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Education & Centers
- North Carolina Solar Center - The North Carolina Solar Center, located in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, provides programs and resources which help people throughout North Carolina take advantage of solar energy. Services available to the public include a toll-free hotline, a referral network of professionals, technical and design assistance, free publications, curriculum materials for teachers, training sessions, tours of a demonstration Solar House, and a reference library.
- Solar Energy International
- Solar Energy Home Page - Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
- Florida's Building Energy Use - Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
- Arizona Solar Center
- Solar Energy Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- California Solar Center
- Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) - USA
- Center for Environmental Citizenship - Green Campus - USA
- Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) - USA
- Eco Design Experience - USA
- Ecological Design Education Network (EDEN) - USA
- Education for a Sustainable Future (ESF) - USA
- Sustainable Universities Initiative - USA
Accreditation & Certification
- RETScreen - Natural Resources Canada's RETScreen Renewable Energy Project Analysis Software contains modules to analyze photovoltaics, solar water heating, passive solar heating, solar air heating, wind energy, biomass heating, small hydro, and ground-source heat pumps. Developed by CEDRL and 50 experts from government and industry, RETScreen, which also includes an on-line manual and weather data base, can be downloaded free-of-charge.
- The Energy Foundation - The Foundation's mission is to assist in the nation's transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. It functions primarily as a grant-maker
- European Renewable Energy Exchange (EuroREX) - EuroREX is a consortium of companies, institutes, and trade associations from more than 30 European countries. Its Website is devoted exclusively to the commercial promotion of renewable energy in Europe. EuroREX is partially supported by the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy (DGXVII) and provides news on policies, legislation, research, and politics at a European, national, and local level.
- International Solar Energy Society (ISES) - ISES represents an international network of scientists, businesspeople, and decision makers in more than 118 countries around the world. These form a Global Alliance aimed at the advancement of renewable energy through research, technology transfer, commercialization, and education.
- Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) - IREC works to accelerate the sustainable use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government activities. IREC supports market-oriented services targeted at education, coordination, procurement, technology transfer and linkage with national laboratories and associations, collaboration with industry, uniform guidelines, and customer protection. IREC's members include state energy offices, other municipal and state agencies, national laboratories, solar and renewable organizations, and individual members.
- New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA)
- California Solar Energy Industries Association (CAL SEIA)
- Northern California Solar Energy Association (NCSEA)
- Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) - SEIA has been the national trade group for the commercial enterprises involved in solar energy for more than 20 years and also has regional chapters throughout the U.S.A.
- Texas Solar Energy Society
- Alliance to Save Energy - A nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit the environment, the economy, and national security.
- Solstice - The site for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable technology information and connections. Solstice was established and is maintained by CREST.
- Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) - MREA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency through workshops, an annual Energy Fair, tours of homes, and at its ReNew the Earth Institute. The ReNew the Earth Institute features working renewable energy systems, hosts workshops in the local community, and houses the office.
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) - NESEA is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1974 to foster the use of renewable and sustainable energy, the responsible use of nonrenewable forms of energy, and to convey the value of these practices for the preservation of the environment.
- The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) - CREST is a nonprofit organization that uses advanced computer and communications tools to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable development.
- National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project - NEED, a nonprofit organization based in Herndon, Virginia [U.S.A.], promotes energy education among U.S. schools as a means to encourage intelligent decisions on a national basis about energy resources and energy use. NEED issues an annual energy education report card that takes the measure of the "energy literacy" of middle and secondary school students. NEED develops and distributes curricula that cover all forms of energy, including solar, and recognizes students and teachers who demonstrate leadership in energy education.
Government & Public Institutions
- State Energy Alternatives - National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Department of Energy
- State Energy Alternatives (specific information for each state)
- Consumer Energy Information - Department of Energy
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN) - EREN provides information on programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and links to major organizations involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Parts of the site are written as an educational tool specifically for students. [Much of the same information can be obtained by telephone through EREN_ s sister service, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC). Fact Sheets are available on basic technology, DOE programs, and much more. A well-trained technical staff is on-hand to answer more in-depth inquiries. Call (in the U.S. only) +1.800.DOE.EREC.]
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory - USA - NREL is a leader in solar research, providing a wealth of information on cutting edge technology and applications.
- Chicago Solar Partnership
- Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Conservation - OEC offers energy information and services to individuals, communities, schools, hospitals, businesses, and government agencies.
- Energy Information Administration - The EIA is the independent statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Wisconsin Solar Use Network (WisconSUN) - Wisconsin's solar energy initiative coordinating and promoting the use of solar energy systems in Wisconsin.