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Wind and solar supply chains thrive in Midwest states

Wind and solar energy support about 30,000 jobs at about a thousand companies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, according to a series of reports released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center over the past two weeks. The reports show the jobs created not only by the manufacture of wind turbine components, the building of wind farms

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Grid Alternatives Grabs $5M to Build a More Diverse Solar Workforce

In an effort to bring more equality to the solar workforce, solar manufacturing giant SunEdison announced Friday that it is giving a $5 million contribution to Grid Alternatives, the largest nonprofit solar installer in the United States, and whose work includes providing job training to women, minorities and other underrepresented groups in the industry. Through this partnership, the U.S.-based

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Veterans graduate from solar training and go straight to Vivint Solar

The first wave of military veterans to enroll in a US programme to train to work in the solar energy industry have graduated in San Diego, California and already been offered employment. The veterans graduated from the programme at Camp Pendleton, one of three bases participating in an initial pilot programme to train 200 workers

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Solar Jobs Boom Makes Keystone XL Pipeline Look Like A Tinker Toy

Check out the Solar Foundation’s latest solar jobs report for the US, and you’ll see why the folks over there are looking forward to another great year in 2015. The new state-by-state solar Jobs Census was just released one minute ago, and aside from the interesting factoid that the solar industry created 1 in 78

Solar Job Growth Benefitting Economy, Environment

Saying it revealed “very encouraging trends,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded the findings of The Solar Foundation’s latest State Solar Job Census. “Solar energy continues to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States,” Resch said. “The latest state-by-state breakdown of solar jobs nationwide not

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Broad Coalition Coalesces for Clean Energy Jobs in Illinois

Labor, business, and environmental leaders have formed a unique coalition that will urge Illinois lawmakers to pass new standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy, leading to tens of thousands of new, local jobs. Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, including Environmental Defense Fund, argue that the state should not settle for an old

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The Solar Foundation’s Andrea Luecke Holds the Statistical Key to Solar Jobs

The news made national headlines and had solar enthusiasts sending virtual high-fives through the social media sphere: The number of solar jobs in the U.S. grew by 21.8 percent between 2013 and 2014 — with 173,807 people now working in the sector. What’s more, the industry was creating jobs nearly 20 times faster than the

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NRG Acquires Verengo Solar’s Northeast Sales and Operations Teams

NRG Energy executives weren’t kidding when they told investors that solar is a central part of their strategy to double the company’s earnings by 2022. Today, the energy giant put resources behind those words by acquiring the Northeast sales and operations teams of Verengo Solar, a leading U.S. solar installer. The move underscores NRG’s commitment

Looking for a Solar Job? Ecotech’s E-Book Surveys the Landscape

Despite projections that solar will continue to grow, even the most inspired students don’t want to jump in the field without knowing more about what the industry has to offer — and what it takes to make a successful installer, field technician, power utility technician or engineer. That information is the focus of a solar careers

2014 Solar Trends Report Shows Big Gains in Solar Installations, Green Jobs

At last month’s Solar Power International conference (as well as Intersolar before it), many discussions revolved around the growing importance of solar standards and best practices. While workforce training initiatives and regulatory reform aren’t nearly as alluring as “solar freakin’ roadways,” hot storage technologies, or stories of well-funded start-ups trailblazing the economy’s way, it is

Expanded US solar trade case could cost American jobs, congressman warns

A second US PV manufacturer has voiced concern that trade proposals could inadvertently classify its products as Chinese. Congressman Erik Paulsen has weighed into the case by writing to the Department of Commerce to express his concern that Minnesota based tenKsolar could shed all 80 jobs if the proposals continue. The department has suggested that

Is it boom time ahead (again) for solar panel manufacturing?

The solar industry is in expansion mode, again. First Solar — the U.S. maker of thin solar panels, which is seen as a bellwether for the industry — said this week that they plan to boost their solar panel production by as much as 46 percent in 2015. SolarCity, the solar installer founded by Elon

Solar firm prosecuted after roof fall puts installer in hospital

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a solar installer and a green energy firm in West Yorkshire for safety breaches following a severe injury to a worker who fell from a roof during a solar install. The worker fell seven metres from a pitched agricultural barn roof, breaking seven ribs, his collarbone and

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