Clean Energy Clearinghouse

In addition to resources developed by SEAC, this site also houses the Clean Energy Clearinghouse, a one-stop web page with additional educational materials about clean energy technologies for building, fire, and safety officials. These professionals play a critical role in enabling the safe, widespread, and rapid deployment of new technologies that make the grid more sustainable and resilient, including:  

  • energy storage systems (ESS),
  • electric vehicles (EVs),
  • and grid-interactive energy efficient building technologies. 

Because these emerging technologies have outpaced codes and existing educational resources, there is an urgent need for up-to-date guidance for this audience. 

This web page houses a variety of educational materials for this purpose, developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Educational Materials for Professional Organizations Working on Efficiency and Renewable Energy Developments (EMPOWERED) program. 

By increasing the familiarity and confidence of these key stakeholders to permit and inspect DERs, this initiative aims to reduce barriers to widespread deployment of these kinds of technologies, also called distributed energy resources (DERs)

Project Team

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) leads this initiative, in partnership with the International Code Council, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, National Association of State Fire Marshals, Slipstream, FSEC Energy Research Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, New Buildings Institute, and Southface Institute. 

Each of these partners is an expert in its respective sector and brings the critical perspective of its stakeholders to inform education solutions. This team previously collaborated on a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project to successfully train 15,000 code officials and fire service personnel on solar technologies. 

About the Partners

IREC: The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) builds the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and our planet. Its vision is a 100% clean energy future that is reliable, resilient, and equitable. IREC develops and advances the regulatory reforms, technical standards, and workforce solutions needed to enable the streamlined integration of clean, distributed energy resources. IREC has been trusted for its independent clean energy expertise for nearly 40 years, since its founding in 1982. For more information, visit www.irecusa.org or follow IREC on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook

IAEI: International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit professional trade association committed to public safety from electrical hazards by providing expert, unbiased leadership in electrical code and standards development and premier education and certification for electrical professionals. IAEI was established in and has been in continuous operation since 1928. Active members and partners in the association include but are not limited to electrical inspectors, building construction inspectors, electrical installers, electrical contractors, engineers, testing agencies,  standards organizations, manufacturers and distributors. Learn more at https://www.iaei.org.

ICC: The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

FSEC: FSEC Energy Research Center (FSEC ERC), also known as the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), was created by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to serve as the statewide energy research institute and advance the use of solar energy. Administered by the University of Central Florida, FSEC ERC has grown beyond its initial scope and conducts training and research on all aspects of renewable energy, including alternative fuels, fuel cells, energy storage, electric vehicles, building science, energy efficiency technologies, education and training, and policy analysis. Learn more at https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/.

NASFM: The membership of National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) comprises the most senior fire officials in the United States. NASFM’s mission is two-fold: to protect human life, property and the environment from fire, and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State Fire Marshals’ operations. State Fire Marshals’ responsibilities vary from state to state but typically include fire safety code adoption and enforcement, fire and arson investigation, fire incident data reporting and analysis, public education and advising Governors and State Legislatures on fire protection. Learn more at https://www.firemarshals.org.

NBI: New Buildings Institute works collaboratively with industry market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—to promote advanced design practices, innovative technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency at the highest levels and decarbonize the built environment.

PNNL: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory draws on its distinguishing strengths in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology and data science to advance scientific knowledge and address challenges in sustainable energy and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit PNNL’s News Center. Follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

SEEA: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance promotes efficient energy as a catalyst for economic growth, workforce development, and energy security across 11 southeastern states. They provide research, consultation and education, stakeholder facilitation, program management and financial services to a diverse set of stakeholders in the energy sector. SEEA believes that all people in the Southeast should be able to live and work in healthy and resilient buildings, utilize clean and affordable transportation, and thrive in a robust and equitable economy.

Slipstream: Slipstream creates, tests, delivers and scales the next generation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that move us farther, faster toward a clean energy economy. Slipstream partners with utilities, local and state governments, regulatory agencies and other organizations to inspire new solutions to big energy challenges. With 40 years of experience demonstrating “what’s next” in programs and technologies, Slipstream is an established and trusted trailblazer in the industry.

Southface Institute: Southface Institute is a sustainable building nonprofit that strengthens equity and the environment by transforming residential and commercial structures at every stage of the building life cycle. We are headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with a new satellite location in Sarasota, Florida. Since 1978, Southface has collaborated with other nonprofits, businesses, builders, developers, universities, government agencies, and communities to deliver practical solutions with tangible results for the planet and all its inhabitants. Together, we are building sustainably for life. Learn more here.