50,000 U.S. military veterans working in the solar industry by 2020. That is the commitment we made to President Obama and announced today by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the nationwide initiative, Joining Forces, which works with the public and private sector to support veterans through wellness, education and employment opportunities.
Solar plays a critical role in making the military’s energy supply more secure, distributed, affordable and independent. The DoD has committed to meet 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025.
Long-term clean energy contracting for federal agencies helps to create private-sector jobs, shift federal energy use away from foreign sources, hedge against rises in electricity rates and reduce federal electricity expenses.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement after today's announcement by Energy Secretary Chu of a $344 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to support a national solar energy project on military homes. The "SolarStrong" project proposes to install solar photovoltaic systems on 160,000 military homes on 124 bases in 33 states. Project partners include installer SolarCity and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. SolarCity plans to fill as many as possible of the estimated 3,000 jobs created under this project with U.S. veterans and military family members.