Solar Ready Program (SRP) (formerly Solar Ready Vets)Solar Ready Program (SRP) is a DoD Career Skills Program initiative that offer skills training opportunities to service members preparing to transition from military to civilian employment. SRP provides quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning active duty military personnel who are within six months of separation. (You train in a duty status). Solar training complements the extensive skills developed during military service and prepares transitioning service members for solar careers. Also open to civilians who are looking to obtain employment in the solar industry. Please advertise down to the lowest levels in your organizations. There are sixteen seats for the next cohort, and seats are reserved by application date and time stamp.
- 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.