Today, February 13, 2015, is graduation day for the first group of veterans in a Solar PV Training pilot program specifically for veterans, from the SunShot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy.
The solar industry has long taken a leading role in hiring veterans, employing more service members than any other sector in the U.S., according to the DOE. Building on this tradition, the DOE SunShot Initiative’s Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) has partnered with three military bases to create the veterans solar job training pilot project, kicked off last week at Camp Pendleton, where the four-week training continues until February 13.
When the number of solar residential permit applications jumped from “a few here and there” to 4,000 in one year, Los Angeles Chief of Green Building Osama Younan knew he had to do something to get more of the city’s residential building inspectors prepared with the right knowledge to meet that demand. That’s when he approached IREC and asked for help.
Ask most people about farms, and they’ll likely tell you about tractors, crops and hardworking animals. But ask Dr. Ed Franklin, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Education at the University of Arizona, and get ready to learn about farming’s future—in solar panels.
Over the summer, solar instructor Mike Paradis and I were fortunate to be invited by Larry Reeger, SITN instructor trainee, to hold the hands-on course, Solar PV Design and Installation for Building/Construction Programs at Sullivan County Community College in the Catskill Mountains of New York.
Earlier this fall, the Northern Mid-Atlantic RTP team hosted the Solar and Energy Storage Education Symposium, a unique event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which brought representatives from nine different colleges and universities together to talk about solar and energy storage education.
Last month, the Southeast Solar Training Network (SSTN) and Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted a two-day photovoltaic (PV) design and commissioning workshop at Southface Energy Institute led by well-known solar expert and trainer, Jim Dunlop.
When I worked as an electrician, I knew that most people had little idea how much effort went into installing a light and switch in a home. They only saw the end product – the light and switch – and didn’t always “value” the time and effort it took to install those devices. They rarely saw all my work accomplished within the walls.
A shift in demand for solar subjects and courses for college faculty has inspired Region 8, the California/Hawaii RTP of the Solar Instructor Training Network, to offer specialized faculty training to meet the evolving demand.
Students at St. Philip’s Community College in San Antonio, Texas and a partnering organization with the South Central Regional Training Provider (SC RTP) at Houston Community College, are finding work in the local solar industry.