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DOE adds 5 military bases to training effort

E&E News-The Energy Department yesterday doubled the size of its Solar Ready Vets program, fulfilling an Obama administration goal to sign up 10 military bases in the training program's first year.

Launched in April 2015, Solar Ready Vets meets veterans where they are and offers them career training at no out-of-pocket cost. Solar companies aren't required to hire graduates, but all Solar Ready Vets participants have had job opportunities available to them, said DOE Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

"We're committed to addressing the needs of a growing solar workforce," she said during a conference call yesterday.

A graduate’s view of the Solar Ready Vets training schools

PV Tech- Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the US and a major source of employment, providing one out of every 83 new jobs in the States last year. Today, solar employs more than 209,000 full-time workers with demand rising still. ‘Solar Ready Vets’ is the US Department of Energy’s answer to the urgent demand for highly-trained workers; pairing skilled military veterans with civilian job training in an industry eager to recruit.

First U.S. veterans complete Solar Ready Vets training program

LEED Points- As part of the solar industry’s job report, SEIA always mentions the number of U.S. veterans the industry plans to employ. We reported this week that veterans now comprise 8 percent of the total workforce, but that number looks to increase now that the Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets job training program is producing its first graduates.

Utah vets are ready for the solar industry

Air Force Materiel Command- Chase Warner is from a small Wyoming town with rustic charm, a small grocery store that closed at 6 p.m. and an industry based in agriculture. For Warner, this wasn't enough. He joined the National Guard, enrolled in college and pursued a marketing degree, but when he graduated the only industry near home that was hiring was oil and gas. Warner learned a lot about energy, but when oil and gas prices dropped enough to cause major energy corporations to lose stock value last year, he was one of a large wave of people laid-off.

Sailors go solar at Navy's Saratoga housing

The Daily Gazette- The sailors living in U.S. Navy housing in Saratoga Springs are now lighting their quarters with solar power. The 200 housing units serving the Navy’s Kesselring Site in nearby Milton are among more than 1,300 at five Northeast military installations to get rooftop solar panels as part of a public-private partnership between the Navy; solar panel company SolarCity; and Balfour Beatty Communities, the Pennsylvania company that operates the apartment and townhouse complex in Saratoga Springs.

Nation Swell- In a sunlit office building in northwest Austin, Texas, former Marine Corps electro-optical technician Logan Razinski greets his boss, a one-time sailor who maintained naval nuclear reactors. The day’s work ahead between the two soldiers won’t involve military operations, however. Both are now employees for SunPower, a solar energy company.

Guest Column: Illinois Coal Association column was incendiary

The Southern Illinoisan- As a U.S. Army veteran of the War in Iraq, I am drawn to any reference to the “global war on terrorism,” “friendly fire,” or “war casualties”— and, like my fellow war veterans, am disheartened to hear such concepts thrown around carelessly. I, therefore, was greatly disappointed by the recent opinion piece penned by Phil Gonet of the Illinois Coal Association (“Coal industry offers an opposing view on clean air initiatives,” Southern Business Journal, March 1, 2016) in which Mr. Gonet callously throws around these terms in an effort to mask a factually dubious attack on renewable energy.

Governor Cuomo Congratulates First Graduating Class of the Solar Ready Vets Program at Fort Drum

RealEstateRama- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today congratulated the first 19 Fort Drum military personnel to complete the Solar Ready Vets training program, which prepares them for careers in the growing solar industry after their transition from military service. The Solar Ready Vets program at Fort Drum is the first graduating cohort supported by the U.S. Department of Energy in New York and one of five active programs in the nation.

Fort Drum soldiers graduate from solar energy jobs training program

Watertown Daily Times- A group of 19 soldiers on post may have a brighter outlook as they end their military careers: They are now trained in skills necessary to land jobs in the solar power industry. The soldiers on Wednesday graduated from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets program, becoming the first on post to do so.

A(nother) Salute to Veterans in Solar

Renewable Energy World – Hot off the heels of Congress passing the extension the solar ITC, the DOE (Department of Energy) has announced an expansion of the hugely popular Solar Ready Vets program, which gives active duty military personnel the training they need to utilize their skills in the solar industry as they transition out of the military, and into civilian life.

The Davis Clipper- Training for veterans interested in working in the solar industry when they transition to the civilian workforce will begin Feb. 1. The “Solar Ready Vets” program was announced by Pres. Barack Obama during his visit to Utah last April. Twenty-four veterans will be in the first class for training provided by Salt Lake Community College, working in partnership with the Department of Energy, according to a press release from the base.
Standard Examiner- After nearly 20 years in active-duty service, Christopher Howe will be leaving the military in April — and his timing, he says, couldn’t have been better. Howe, a master sergeant at Hill Air Force Base, will be one of about two dozen veterans participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s inaugural “Solar Ready Vets” program at the base.  

Program helps veterans find civilian jobs in solar energy industry

FOX13 Salt Lake City – A new program is helping military veterans make the transition to civilian employment, specifically in the solar power industry. Hill Air Force Base acquires 20 percent of its power from renewable energy sources, like solar panels.

New York veterans to get solar training

PV-TECH- New York state is to participate in a federal initiative to train US military veterans for jobs in the solar industry. Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that the state would take part in the Department of Energy's Solar Ready Vets programme launched in 2014 to prepare veterans for post-military careers as solar installers.

GRID Alternatives and Wells Fargo Partner Up to Train 1,000 Veterans in Solar

Greentech Media - GRID is a nonprofit focused exclusively on expanding the benefits of solar to the underserved through on-site training. In partnership with Wells Fargo, the organization is now ramping up a program, called Troops to Solar, targeted at training 1,000 veterans over the next three years.

Program puts vets to work on solar panels for low-income homes

CBS Los Angeles - For thousands of military veterans, the transition to civilian life can be overwhelming, but a unique program is working to make it easier by training veterans to find a job in a growing industry while helping low-income families at the same time.

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