Ambassador Energy’s Director of Solar Training Gives the Term “Girl Power” New Meaning
Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2012
When hired to lead the training team at Ambassador Energy, Kelso was already highly-qualified with one North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners [NABCEP] certificates. Now, after earning her second, she became one of only a handful of women with two.
Catherine Kelso cut her teeth in the solar industry in 2005, working in both California and Oregon. She first became a NABCEP Certified PV Installer in 2010, and this month earned the other highly-prized credential, NABCEP PV Technical Sales professional.
Kelso’s job at ISPQ-accredited Ambassador Energy is to lead the training program, crafting new solar PV courses, teaching the five-day course for the NABCEP Entry Level exam, teaching preparation classes for NABCEP exams, guest-speaking at colleges, training electrical, roofing and building contractors, and finding new ways to raise the bar on solar PV education and installation. She directs all of the course activity at Ambassador Energy College.
“The solar industry is full of people jumping in and trying to quickly learn it,” Kelso said. “But, it takes quite a bit of education to become an expert, especially in a business that is constantly evolving. I’m really happy to be one of a few women in the industry with my credentials, but I am even happier to be a part of driving quality to an industry which can easily fall prey to mass entry of unqualified installers.”
“For me,” she continued, “NABCEP is a big part of quality control. It’s the certificate that the US recognizes and one you can hold in your hand. But the real work is continuing to grow through constant education and experience. You can’t just get certified and forget about it. We have a responsibility to our clients to continue to hone our skills in the field and through educational programs like NABCEP, whose Continuing Education [CE] credits are mandatory. While those CE credits are always a pain, I am happy that the benchmark is high. The only way the solar industry will stay quality-driven is with programs like NABCEP.”
Also dual NABCEP-credentialed, Ambassador Energy CEO Steve Fulgham said, “We are very proud of Catherine. She is an integral part of our culture of training and education. She lives and breathes it. We laugh because she can almost never be caught without a calculator in her pocket.”
About Ambassador Energy
Ambassador Energy [AE] has a three-pronged business model, including Ambassador Energy College Solar Training, the Ambassador Energy Agency Program and Ambassador Energy, an EPC contractor. On staff are NABCEP Certified PV Installers, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales professionals [Fulgham/Kelso] and multiple NABCEP EL graduates. AE Agencies are nationwide. Ambassador Energy EPC installs PV throughout California.
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Green Building Science Certification, LLC Announces its Co-founder, Ben Sutterfield, has Accepted Position of Director, Field Operations with SCG Energy
Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 17, 2010
Green Building Science Certification, LLC (GBSC) announced the appointment of Ben Sutterfield, Co-founder of Green Building Science Certification, LLC, to Director, Field Operations in an effort to staff SCG Energy ‘s national weatherization division.
Ben Sutterfield is a nationally recognized expert in green building science and provides a range of certification courses, including Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, and BPI for HERS Raters at GBSC. Accredited by the Building Performance Institute, he equips individuals and construction industry professionals with the skills and proficiency to perform energy audits and high quality weatherization and retrofit services.
SCG Energy is expanding national operations to produce energy from renewable sources such as geothermal energy, wind energy, solar energy and hydropower in addition to offering the newest lighting technology, Magnetic Induction lighting for residential and commercial, and fast growing, renewable tree farming. The mission of SCG is closely aligned with the national interest in securing our future by:
Creating a cleaner atmosphere through the reduction in emission of global warming gases
Lowering household and corporate energy costs
Creating new jobs in the agricultural, manufacturing and service industries that will emerge to meet the new demand for renewable energy
Reduce our dependence on oil
In conjunction with the expansion into clean energy production, SCG is creating a national weatherization subsidiary to retrofit residential homes and commercial buildings to conserve energy.
Creating Jobs in Renewable Energy
In partnership with SCG Energy, Green Building Science Certification is creating new jobs through a job placement program for professionals receiving BPI certification in GBSC national training programs. Sutterfield expects to provide training and job placement for SCG Energy weatherization crews in 25 cities by May of 2011, and expand into 50 more cities by December of 2012.
“Through BPI Certification, construction professionals can create new revenue sources by conducting energy audits and performing weatherization services for homeowners and businesses. We’re empowering people with new skills and the jobs to put them back to work,” says Sutterfield. “I will maintain my position with GBSC and continue to develop and train energy auditors under the BPI protocols for GBSC.”
About Green Building Science Certification
Green Building Science Certification, LLC is a leading provider of energy audit training to individuals and construction industry professionals. BPI accredited professional certification courses and ASHI accredited continuing education programs are offered throughout the US.
About SCG Energy
SCG Energy is headquartered in Dallas, Texas focusing on advanced clean, renewable energy. The company’s mission is to be a leader in breaking the cycle of America’s dependence on foreign oil and promote the research and use of profitable, clean energy solutions to secure a healthier and sustainable future for our ‘next’ generations. www.SCGenergy.us.
For more information, contact Ben Sutterfield, PI, BA, EP, CSP. Green Building Science Certification, 866-247-7271, www.GBSCertification.com.
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