Industry Market Trends

IREC Report: Falling Prices and Tax Incentives Spurring Rapid Solar Growth

June 6, 2013

In a webinar broadcast Tuesday afternoon, Larry Sherwood, vice president and COO of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) presented a positive snapshot of solar installations across the country in a preview of the IREC Solar Market and Installation Trends Report 2013, which will be released at the end of June.

According to Sherwood, who authored the report, “more than 90,000 photovoltaic installations were installed in the U.S. with a total capacity of 3.3 GW. This represents a 75 percent increase over installations completed in 2011. Installed utility capacity in 2012 increased by almost 2.5 times compared with 2011 and represents over half of the installed capacity last year. Distributed capacity also grew, but by a more modest 33 percent." Read More

Industry Market Trends

Why Understanding Culture Will Get You Further

June 6, 2013

Engineers aren't known for their anthropological acumen. What's anthropology you ask?  Why it's the study of humankind; societies and culture and their development to be exact.  'But I work exclusively in the U.S. and I don't need to know about other cultures or societies, I interact with only one - American (or Canadian...or Indian...or French).'  Think again.  Even within your macro-societal group there are aggregate societies, aggregate cultures.  Why do you think no two engineering firms are the same?  It's because they have different cultures.  Understanding culture will get you further in landing a new job or growing in the one you already hold. Read More