Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are outstanding candidates for careers in the clean energy industries. IREC helps businesses expand connections with talented men and women with a background in military service, including transitioning service members or veterans.

Solar Ready Vets Network

Through the Solar Ready Vets Network, we are building industry capacity to advance a nationwide pipeline of talent at all levels of the solar workforce. Our Solar Ready Vets Fellowship program is connecting transitioning military service members with leadership roles at solar companies. Our partners include the Solar Energy Industries Association, NABCEP, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Initiative. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office

Solar Jobs Census

The annual National Solar Jobs Census tracks the total number of veterans working in the solar industry. As of 2020, 9% of all solar workers were veterans, compared with 6% in the overall U.S. workforce. IREC will publish the next edition of the Solar Jobs Census in early 2022.

A Legacy Program: Solar Ready Vets Installation Trainings

The Solar Foundation, which has now merged with IREC, was selected by the Department of Energy to lead a national program that included solar installation training at military bases. Through 2017, The Solar Foundation and its partners expanded this initiative from the pilot stage to a national program. The program supported more than 500 transitioning service members with training opportunities and provided more than 300 solar employer partners access to highly qualified candidates.

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