New locations come online to train vets in solar skills
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 20, 2016
The Energy Department announced that five more military bases will join a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for solar industry careers when they leave active duty.
The Solar Ready Vets program—part of DOE’s SunShot Initiative—trains military service members to size and install solar energy systems, connect them to the grid, and comply with local building codes. The program integrates with the Defense Department’s SkillBridge initiative, which lets exiting service members obtain civilian job training up to six months prior to separation.
The new training locations and training partners include Eglin Air Force Base (Florida Solar Energy Center); Fort Bragg (Fayetteville Technical Community College); Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Rowan College at Burlington County); Joint Base San Antonio(Alamo College System’s St. Philip’s College); and Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Honolulu Community College).
DOE said that since the program’s launch, about 250 graduates have completed the Solar Ready Vets program at five military bases across the country—Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Fort Carson, Naval Station Norfolk , Hill Air Force Base and Fort Drum.
The solar industry has hired nearly 17,000 veterans to date, according to the department.