Solar September

Solar September 2017

The National Association of Workforce Boards, as a partner in the Solar Training Network, is excited to announce plans for Solar September 2017.

Solar September is a campaign to help workforce development boards support the solar industry in their areas. The campaign will inform workforce development boards about opportunities to engage with solar employers and place job seekers into training programs that lead to careers in solar energy.

Why Solar?

There are more than 260,000 workers employed by solar, and last year 1 out of every 50 new jobs created in the U.S. was a solar job. The Solar Training Network is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, and is designed to meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships. NAWB is a key partner in this effort to train 75,000 people for careers in solar by 2020. has been developed as a connection hub for solar job seekers, solar companies looking for new hires, solar training providers, and workforce development boards. We encourage workforce boards to go there now and register on the site to begin the process of connecting with solar employers, trainers, and job seekers.

What’s Happening?

In partnership with the Solar Training Network, we are planning the following activities throughout the month:

  • eNews and articles featuring labor market information, solar energy career information, and best practices from existing solar workforce development programs
  • Webinars with industry experts, trainers, and workforce boards
  • Podcast with The Solar Foundation President & Executive Director, Andrea Luecke
  • Solar social media chat – solar businesses, training partners, and workforce boards discussing:
    • What jobs are in demand and what companies need in their solar workforce
    • What training programs provide to career seekers in the energy industry
    • How workforce boards can facilitate connections between these groups and meet their program goals.
  • Social media - coverage using the hashtag #SolarSeptember

How Can Your Workforce Board Participate?

  • Register your board on so that you can find solar businesses and training providers in your area, and they can find you and connect with job seekers at your career center.
  • Make plans to host a Solar Summit where solar businesses, training partners, and workforce boards gather to discuss in-demand jobs, skills needs, training programs, and how workforce boards can facilitate these connections. Download the Solar Summit Toolkit to help you plan this event.
  • Tell us about your solar programs and initiatives - Does your workforce board have an active program or initiative to engage solar businesses or place job seekers into green energy or solar careers? Sharing your program and best practices nationally supports other boards who are implementing similar programs and builds awareness of opportunities in solar careers. Share your best practice with us and let us feature your successes in our Solar September communications.
  • Attend our Webinar on September 22nd.
  • Join us on Twitter for a live chat on September 28th.
  • Follow @WorkforceInvest and @STN_USA on Twitter, and use the hashtag #SolarSeptember when tweeting about your activities or programs.