Looking to step up your workforce game? There’s a resource for that. 

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Strategies for Workforce Development addresses the information gaps identified by Training and Hiring Insights, centered around themes of workforce development and work-based learning. With a implementation guide, case studies, and best practices, we outline actionable, collaborative solutions for the industry to better align education with evolving workforce needs.

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Solar Training and Hiring Insights explores the workforce challenges presented by rapid industry growth, and outlines the business case for investment in work-based learning. It emphasizes the importance of practical experience, particularly for the installation sector, and explores the relative value of industry certification as workforce demand varies by region. 

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A group of Solar Training Network members from across the industry weighed in on workforce development innovations and trends. Despite representing diverse markets and roles, many common themes emerged, underscoring the value of coordinated information sharing and adaptive workforce initiatives.

 

CASE STUDY

Work-Based Learning: Key Outcomes from a Midwestern Internship Pilot

Detailing a Midwestern solar internship program, this resource illustrates successful implementation of STN’s Work-Based Learning Guide.

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Positive Connections & Powerful Careers for a Stronger Solar Workforce

Learn more about the Solar Training Network program: a webinar with Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education is now available.

CASE STUDY

Local Partnerships for a Brighter Future: Philadelphia Leads on Solar Workforce Development

This case study supplements our industry toolkit, Strategies for Workforce Development, and outlines best practices and key considerations regarding the role that local governments can play in solar workforce development efforts.

CASE STUDY

Collaborative Regional Workforce Development for an Inclusive Solar Future: A Case Study from OSEIA

This case study from Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) demonstrates how industry organizations can champion regionally adaptive workforce initiatives.

Solar Power International Workforce Development Workshop Handouts

Affiliate Industry Resources

The latest Solar Jobs Census found that over 242,000 Americans work in solar as of 2018.

The Solar Foundation

The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over 300,000 net new jobs, roughly 14% of all those created in the country.

U.S. Department of Energy

The Solar Foundation’s 2019 U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study is the second comprehensive research product on diversity in the solar workforce, including the representation of women, minority groups, and veterans. This study is the result of surveys and interviews conducted with both solar employers and employees.

The Solar Foundation

By having a more diverse workforce, the solar industry and your organizations will be enhanced through broadened recruitment pools, increased retention and a more engaged, productive and fulfilled workforce. This guide is designed to assist solar companies with the practical application and implementation of diversity initiatives.

Solar Energy Industries Association

Through primary research on the U.S. solar installation employer base, this report seeks to address that gap, improving policymakers’ and other solar stakeholders’ understanding of both the evolving needs of these employers and the economic opportunity associated with solar market development. Included are labor market data covering current U.S. employment, expected industry growth, and employer skill preferences for solar installation-related occupations.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

NREL offers resources to local governments seeking to go solar. In support of Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office these resources aim to increase deployment of mid-scale solar photovoltaic(PV) systems, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions, and empower decision makers.

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Career Development Resources

Are you a solar worker or considering becoming one? Did you know that most solar jobs don’t require a college degree? With low barriers to entry and opportunities for advancement, an entry-level solar job can become a bright and powerful career. Check out these resources to learn more.

IREC Solar Career Map illustrates 40 jobs over general categories (manufacturing, system design, project development, installation and  operations) with over 60 distinct potential routes of advancement and describes education requirements, skill sets, median income, and advancement pathways.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council

Chart your path with A&R’s solar careers flowchart. Are you a big-picture thinker or prefer the details? Enjoy working with customers, or a computer? You could be a great fit for system design, installation tech, or project management — find out what kind of solar job is right for you.

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This document was developed to provide an overview of some of the basic requirements for solar photovoltaic (PV) system installations and those who design, install, and maintain them. The guide is organized according to the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis (PVIP JTA), an industry developed and validated outline of the tasks involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of PV systems.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

This resource guide is intended to help those that meet the eligibility requirements to prepare for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam. The format of this guide follows the Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the PV Technical Sales Certification and offers the Resource Guide Committee’s best recommendations for materials that may be useful to candidates in preparing for the examination.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Looking for training to accelerate your solar career?

Training Opportunities from Our Partners

Solar Energy International offers Programa Hispano: a suite of Spanish language renewable energy training, as well as on-demand Continuing Education webinars, a Solar Professionals Trainer Certificate, an OSHA-sponsored safety program, and more.
GRID Alternatives improves access to solar opportunities for underrepresented communities. Check out volunteer installation training, Women in Solar, SolarCorps Fellowship, Solar Futures K-14 curriculum, Troops to Solar, and Solar Spring Break.

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