The Department of Energy is expanding the Solar Ready Vets Job Training program, adding 5 New Locations. At the same time it’s supporting 10 new projects in the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program.
The Solar Ready Vets training program is working to employ 50,000 veterans in solar power by 2020. Already the solar industry is one of the quickest growing employers for veterans and has hired nearly 17,000 veterans to work in the industry. The expansion of the program will help accelerate the goal of helping more veterans find high-paying jobs in the solar industry. The expansion will bring the Solar Ready Vets program to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst an Air Force, Army and Navy base in New Jersey, Joint Base San Antonio an Air Force and Army base in Texas and the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.
At the same time the DOE also announced $10 million of rewards that will support 10 new projects in the STEP program. That program was created to meet the demand for well-qualified, highly skilled installers and other industry-related professionals.
“Jobs in the dynamic solar energy sector have grown more than 20 percent per year for the past several years,” said Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. “At DOE, we are committed to training the solar workforce of the future through our partnership with the Department of Defense, the solar industry, and community colleges around the country.”
The Solar Ready Vets program launched in April 2015 at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, Utah, Camp Pendleton in Virginia and Fort Carson in Colorado. Already it’s graduated roughly 250 from the training program.
The new STEP projects will help train technicians for solar careers. “One awardee under the STEP program, The Solar Foundation, will serve to support Solar Ready Vets and the five new bases announced today as the national administrator of the training program,” DOE said. The STEP training will also train professionals in related fields including real estate, architecture, and fire and safety.Tweet