This month 13 Fort Bragg veterans graduated from the Fayetteville Technical Community College’s (FTCC’s) Solar Ready Vets program in North Carolina. In North Carolina, the solar sector accounted for 5,541 full-time jobs. That’s a promising figure for the recent graduates.
“Hiring transitioning military personnel into the solar industry provides the sector with highly skilled, educated, and disciplined workers, while serving those who have honorably served our country,” said Emily Becker, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association spokeswoman.
With nearly 190,000 service members leaving active duty each year, the Solar Ready Vets program is just one way the government is helping military members transition to civilian life. The skills training in the program prepares them for careers in the solar industry. The pilot program recently doubled in size to include 10 military bases nationwide and has already graduated 125 service members.
As the number of veterans in the solar industry continues to grow, over 16,000 US veterans already work in the solar industry, Solar Ready Vets is there to help active duty military members prepare for careers as solar system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations.
Still, President Obama wants to see more veterans in solar roles. By 2020 he want the Solar Ready Vets program to have helped 50,000 veterans find solar jobs. In all, he wants the administration to help support 75,000 Americans receive solar industry training by 2020.
The students enrolled at FTCC gained experience through the school and Chapel Hill’s Strata Solar. FTCC donated its teaching resources to the students.
“These veterans area dedicated to the mission of delivering clean energy, and they’re able to quickly apply their military field experience through the many phases of constructing a solar farm,” said Maria Barker, HR Director at Strata. “This program is empowering them with the knowledge and skills to more easily transition into a career in the rapidly growing solar energy industry. Everyone wins.”Tweet