“The creation of a skilled workforce will ensure safe system installations, reduce costs, and increase consumer acceptance and quality product demand.”

Joe Sarubbi, SITN project manager 

Established by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Instructor Training Network is playing a pivotal role in creating a qualified, job-ready workforce to support the quickly growing U.S. solar industry.

Specifically, the SITN provides the necessary skill sets to instructors developing or growing solar technology programs at educational institutions throughout the country. Through the SITN and its nine Regional Training Providers (RTPs), community colleges and other training organizations from Maine to Hawaii have been able to ratchet up quickly with training that meets high standards and industry needs.

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Thanks to the market-valued learning programs developed by the RTPs, solar education and training has had a transformational effect – individuals around the country are getting the right training and finding jobs, and the solar industry continues to expand with the confidence that the SITN is working to provide a qualified workforce with the skills employers need.

News from SITN…


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All Newly Solar Trained Veterans Offered Jobs!
On the same day the first group of veterans in the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Reach for the Sun” solar PV veteran training pilot program graduated at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Vivint Solar extended job offers to all of them. Through the SITN, and with IREC’s expert guidance, the program provides four weeks of intensive classroom and hands-on solar training for military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life. Solar Energy International (SEI) led the training program. More

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Build it and They Will Come: Solar Educators, Trainers & Industry Cement Partnership for a Readied Workforce
Hosted by IREC, the national administrator of SITN, and the California/Hawaii Regional Training Partnership, the first day-long solar PV instructor summit provided the opportunity to learn about workforce needs from those hiring solar industry professionals, the types of skills in demand by PV installation companies, and innovative approaches for community colleges to keep PV training relevant. More




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