Two programs launched to get veterans working in solar

Article originally published by PV-magazine-usa

In an effort to expand the role of veterans in the solar industry, The Solar Foundation has teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to launch two new workforce development programs for transitioning military service members and veterans.

The two programs: the Solar Ready Vets Fellowship Program and the Solar Opportunities and Readiness (SOAR) Initiative, are set to be funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) as part of the expanding Solar Ready Vets Network…

Within the same study [U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study 2019], which is based on the National Solar Jobs Census, the Solar Foundation found that 7.8% of workers in the solar industry are veterans. This is actually considerably higher than the national average, which comes in at 6.6%. ..