ATTENTION! Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst next Solar Ready Vets cohort starts August 11, 2017 (through September 20, 2017). Applications are now being accepted! Application approval is based on first submitted, first approved.
Are you a transitioning service member with a strong interest in the solar industry? Eligible service members are welcome to explore the Solar Ready Vets Curriculum. Once admitted to the program, participants are provided with high-quality training and get full preparation for transitioning into the solar industry. Become part of one of the fastest growing industries today and learn more about how this exciting opportunity can help you achieve your career goals.
- The Solar Foundation releases an annual report that reviews the solar energy workforce in the United States. This report, cited as the most credible collection of solar jobs data in the nation, breaks down key workforce information by job type, state, salary, and other factors. Find it here: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/national/
- Not all states’ solar markets are equally strong. Different states have different sizes of solar workforces, and some states naturally offer more solar potential than others. The Solar Energy Industries Association released a report detailing the top states in solar, which can be found here: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/top-10-solar-states
- To demonstrate one’s knowledge, ability, and interest in working in the solar industry, taking the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level exam is an important step. Successful completion of this exam indicates knowledge of solar principles and applications. More information about the exam can be found here: http://www.nabcep.org/entry-level-program-2
- The discipline, teamwork, and work ethic learned during military service makes transitioning service members ideal candidates for many solar job openings. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council has assembled a group of solar jobs that are especially good fits for veterans http://www.irecusa.org/2011/01/solar-a-new-family-value/
The Department of Energy’s website has a page dedicated to the Solar Ready Vets program, which can be found here: http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/solar-ready-vets. The page highlights the main points of the program and the different base locations.