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.

SolarTrainingUSA.org 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 #SolarSept

How Can Your Workforce Board Participate?