The Department of Energy is expanding its training program for veterans looking to enter the solar power industry.
Officials said Tuesday that five new military bases will join the Solar Ready Vets program, a effort to train veterans and outgoing service members for jobs in the solar sector.
Ten solar training projects will split $10 million in grants from DOE, the department also announced, calling it a way to build the potential workforce for a growing industry in the energy sphere.
“At DOE, we are committed to training the solar workforce of the future through our partnership with the Department of Defense, the solar industry, and community colleges around the country,” Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said in a statement.
The DOE installations that will host the new training programs are in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas and Hawaii.
President Obama announced the Solar Ready Vets program last April after the administration undertook an effort to create 75,000 new solar jobs by 2020.
About 250 veterans have already graduated from the Solar Ready Vets program, which is operated by the DOE’s five-year-old SunShot Initiative.
Of the $10 million in grants announced Tuesday, the Solar Foundation will receive $1.9 million to become the national administrator of the Solar Ready Vets program. Other grants will go toward developing solar skills in related fields, like real estate and architecture.
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