solar workforce

The Real Faces of the Solar Workforce

Produced in conjunction with the interactive Solar Career Map are five short videos with 18 solar professionals that put real faces behind an expanding universe of solar energy occupations.

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Solar Instructor Training Network Successor Program Announced

SITN’s successor program, the Solar Training Network, will continue the momentum started by the SITN. This new program seeks to meet the needs of the growing solar industry by continuing to build the network of solar training providers, job seekers and employers. The newly configured Solar Training Network will be led by our friends at The Solar Foundation.

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A Better Understanding of Solar Jobs

As I write, there are many encouraging trends that point to continued growth and opportunity for the solar industry. The extension of the Investment Tax Credit, the historic Paris Agreement and the consistently impressive numbers from The Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census, all indicate that the force is very much with the solar industry. The growing excitement about a solar future is reflected in questions we’ve received from attendees on recent webinars IREC’s hosted about the Solar Career Map.

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New State Solar Jobs Census Complements National Report

An updated State Solar Jobs Census was released this week by the Solar Foundation, featuring 2015 solar jobs data and information for every state in the U.S. A follow-up to the National Solar Jobs Census released last month, this companion piece includes 14 stand alone state reports as well as a 51-state solar jobs compendium.

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IREC’s Solar Career Map: Beyond the Rooftop Installer       

IREC’s Solar Career Map is a dynamic 21st century tool that charts a course for promotion or advancement through growing opportunities in the modern solar industry.

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IREC talks with The Atlantic: Quality Trained Workforce Critical to Meeting Solar Demands

More and more managers are reporting that it’s hard to find qualified applicants. The difficulty in finding qualified hires shows the need for increased supply of trained workers. That means expanding solar skills training programs and credentialing, two topics the nonprofit Interstate Renewable Energy Council has been working on for decades.

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2016 Starts With Good News on Solar Jobs Growth 

IREC’s Solar Career Map charts a course for promotion or advancement through the modern solar industry. Full of valuable data about the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to perform 40 key solar jobs, the map also breathes life into these occupations, through the faces and stories behind this expanding universe.

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The Faces and Stories of Today’s Solar Workforce

With the solar industry adding jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy, just about the only certainty is change. IREC’s Solar Career Map features a dynamic, interactive interface – a 21st century tool that charts a course for promotion or advancement through growing opportunities in the modern solar industry.

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Safety’s Role in Training: President’s New Goal 75,000 Solar Workers

Joe Sarubbi, project manager for the Solar Instructor Training Network, told Bloomberg BNA that safety training is an integral part of the courses, with specific training depending on how experienced students are with electrical and construction work and the jobs for which they are preparing.

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Behold the Future: Building the Educational Pipeline for the Solar Workforce in Central Illinois

Kankakee County, Illinois, population of 112,000 and home of Kankakee Community College (KCC), is Tim Wilhelm country. A physics major from Kent State, Wilhelm’s past 20 years at KCC include an adjunct professor, student and graduate, and since 2006, the impresario of its Electrical Technology Program (ETP) focused on building a highly-qualified, well-trained clean energy workforce in Central Illinois. For such a small, rural community college some 66 miles southwest of Chicago, KCC’s ETP is raising community awareness and building the pipeline for a clean energy economy by promoting quality educational standards for a clean energy workforce writ large.

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