Apprenticeships in the Solar Industry
The solar industry is growing rapidly, and we need an expanded skilled workforce to keep pace with this growth. SEIA is working to create and facilitate the development of programs, tools, resources, and networks that benefit our member companies, partner organizations, and solar industry workers.
Apprenticeships are a time-tested and powerful tool for workforce development. However, apprenticeships are not yet widely utilized in the solar industry. SEIA developed this page as resource for solar employers looking to explore, develop, or participate in registered apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeships and the Inflation Reduction Act
Following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and Production Tax Credit (PTC) include apprenticeship requirements for solar projects (above 1 megawatt in size) in order to access the full value of the tax credits. SEIA has developed a summary resource on the relevant provisions of the IRA, as well as a more detailed resource for members. The prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements in the legislation will be subject to future guidance from the Department of Treasury explaining precisely how these requirements can be met.
The word “apprentice” can have a broad meaning in every day language. The Inflation Reduction Act’s use of the term “qualified apprentices” refers to those participating in a “Registered Apprenticeship Program”, and not for example in less formal, unregistered apprenticeship.
Our members-only resource has additional detail on the following topics:
- Key Components of a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
- How to Participate in or Start a Registered Apprenticeship Program
- Apprenticeable Occupations
- Listing of Organizations that Sponsor RAPs for Trades/Craft Roles
- Technical Assistance & Resources