Two major workforce development programs involving solar technology will connect military Veterans who are transitioning into new careers.

The Solar Foundation hopes to provide career training, professional development and jobs to servicemembers within the solar industry in a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program and other organizations and initiatives, such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The Solar Ready Vets Fellowship Program and the Solar Opportunities and Readiness Initiative will be funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

We cannot be prouder to enlist Veterans to fill the great need for skilled and experienced solar technology professionals. Their contribution to this growing and important industry will provide strong leadership and technical competencies, which will be invaluable in meeting today’s growing demand for both talent and services in expanding solar markets.

We’re excited that hundreds of service members will undergo 12-week learning programs with solar employers to aid them in their transition into our industry. They are in for a jolt of excitement and activity. We know first-hand how many people across the greater Sacramento region are turning to solar to meet their residential and business electricity needs.

As costs of solar applications continue to fall, and with the availability of federal solar tax credits (30 percent until Jan. 1, 2020), more and more people and businesses have access to residential and commercial solar that can power their entire home/building, or can be segmented to provide hot water or heat swimming pools.

At Aztec Solar, we’ve had the pleasure of working with more than 10,000 customers across the region. Our award-winning customer service and expertise are bringing affordable and clean energy into homes and businesses. Our energy solutions are exceeding our customers’ expectations through their cost-savings, satisfaction of reliable solar energy solutions, and the peace of mind that their decision is also good for the future of our planet.

We know what kind of people and talent it takes to be the leading solar energy provider in the region — and we welcome this new group of individuals who will undoubtedly follow in that tradition.

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