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.
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.
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.
IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman recently spoke with David Corsar, of the National Wildlife Federation, about the Greenprint, a plan towards the goal of graduating more than 20 million “global sustainability citizens” by 2025; IREC; and the role of community colleges in supporting the clean energy economy.
How can solar instructors openly share best practices and engage in ongoing conversations aimed at making solar training and instruction the best it can be? Tim Wilhelm, professor and program coordinator Electrical Technology, Renewable Energy Program at Kankakee Community College (KCC), proposed the concept to the National Science Foundation, resulting in an NSF grant to develop the solar instructor of community practice.
Encouraging news was published last week. Avoiding any hyperbolic phrases, the facts speak for themselves. Almost 174,000 solar workers were counted in The Solar Foundation’s 2014 Census Report. Solar wears the Triple Crown: A carbon reducer, a secured energy provider, and a proven job enabler. Way to go solar energy industry. Now, how do we make sure the other shoe doesn’t drop?
Todd is IREC’s field coordinator for NYSERDA’s Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Advanced Energy Technologies Workforce Development Program. He works primarily with NYSERDA’s 76 workforce development training providers, reviewing and reporting information to identify program needs and new training opportunities that will match skills with today’s and tomorrow’s clean energy jobs. He is also a 10-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
First Annual Student Conference for Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Development Developing the Power Engineering Workforce for the Future
An expected 40 students and faculty from universities across the country will participate in a first annual, one day student-centered conference April 28 on developing the power engineering workforce of the future. The first annual conference is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new program: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Development (GEARED). A part of DOE’s SunShot Initiative, GEARED is administered by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
While IREC oversaw the standards development process, according to established procedures, the content represents what you, our peers in the clean energy industry, define as a high-quality training provider and an exceptional instructor.
Earlier this Spring, KVCC invited instructors from community colleges, technical high schools, unions, apprenticeship programs, and baccalaureate level programs to apply for its Instructor Trainee Program focused in three primary curricula areas. The response was enthusiastic.