Introducing the Solar Training Network: a workforce development program led by The Solar Foundation and funded by the Department of Energy.
The solar industry has seen a decade of rapid expansion and job growth nationwide. Solar installation is the fastest growing job in the U.S. and over a quarter million Americans currently work in the industry.
We help the industry improve training and hiring practices through original research, solar career fairs, regional trainer-employer summits, an online career connections platform, and a portfolio of tools and resources.
WHAT WE DO
With the support of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
Initial funding for The Solar Training Network was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program, which supports efforts to coordinate solar workforce development practices and improve workforce quality, industry efficiency and lower costs of deploying solar technology.
Building America's solar workforce is a big project.
OUR TEAM MAKES IT POSSIBLE.
Learn more at AACC.NCHE.edu
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 2-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 12 million students.. Many Solar Training Network training partners are community colleges, and AACC supported coordination and outreach among educators and the industry during the program’s launch.
Learn more at FSEC.UCF.edu
The Florida Solar Energy Center is a research institute at University of Central Florida. FSEC educates the public, students, and practitioners about how solar technologies enhance economic and environmental aspects of sustainable development and energy independence.
Learn more at GRIDAlternatives.org
GRID Alternatives is the largest non-profit solar installer, and supports the transition to an inclusive renewable energy future. GRID offers a diverse array of solar workforce training and career development programs, and has led STN-sponsored trainings for over 900 students.
Learn more at NAWB.org
National Association of Workforce Boards represents 550 workforce boards, and leverages education and economic development stakeholders to meet the workforce needs of business across the country. NAWB supports the integration of solar energy into the public workforce system and encourages a coordinated workforce development strategy for the industry.
Learn more at SEIA.org
Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association for the US solar industry. With SEIA’s support on communications and events, STN reaches a broad audience of industry and employer stakeholders.
Learn more at SolarEnergy.org
Solar Energy International is a leading solar education non-profit. SEI offers multilingual online and practical training in solar thermal and photovoltaic technology, with a broader goal to empower people around the world through education of sustainable practices.
Learn More at TheSolarFoundation.org
Let’s work together!
If your organization is working to build the next generation of America’s solar workforce, we want to hear from you!