NEW: Solar Training and Hiring Insights 2017

The Solar Training Network has released an in-depth report showcasing solar industry trends, employer preferences and case studies, the business case for investment in training, a state-by-state index of demand for workforce development, and more. Read the report here.

What is The Solar Training Network?

The Solar Training Network is a program led by The Solar Foundation and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. This program is designed to help meet the workforce needs of the solar industry through solar training and strategic employment partnerships.

The Solar Foundation was awarded $2.1 million (over two years) to serve as the National Administrator of the Solar Training Network. This program is the successor to the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) spearheaded by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

The Solar Foundation was selected to lead the Solar Training Network based on years of thought leadership in solar labor market intelligence, education, technical assistance, and workforce development. The Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census has been the trusted, go-to resource for solar jobs information for the past six years. The Solar Training Network will tackle one of the key challenges identified in the Jobs Census series, which is the ever-increasing need for skilled solar workers.

Together, The Solar Foundation and its partners will develop and strengthen connections between solar trainers, job seekers, solar employers, workforce development boards, and other key industry leaders. Through the Solar Training Network, we will ignite an industry-wide discussion over the issues related to talent acquisition, solar career pathways, career management, solar training, and installation best practices as a whole.

The Solar Training Network Benefits:

  • Connection opportunities with training providers, employers, and job seekers
  • A job seeker-to-employer connection platform though a robust, member-only web portal
  • Solar job fairs and other regional training events
  • Solar training resources and content
  • A national directory of solar training providers
  • A comprehensive national solar company directory

What is the Solar Career Platform?

Recently, the Solar Training Network launched an online solar career platform designed to match job candidates with training and career opportunities in the rapidly growing solar workforce. The platform will provide career resources for solar job seekers and connect solar trainers and employers to qualified applicants.

The Solar Foundation is encouraging solar companies and training providers to sign up and create profiles on this newly launched web platform. Interested parties can access the platform by creating a free account at SolarTrainingUSA.org.

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Leadership Team

 

Roxie Brown – Program Directorroxie-headshot

Roxie Brown is the Program Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot program, Solar Training Network. The Solar Training Network is a nationwide solar workforce development program designed increase access to solar training and to create a steady workforce pipeline to meet the needs of the burgeoning solar industry. As the program lead, Roxie is responsible for program development, member recruitment, solar jobs strategy commission chairing, and overall program success.

Before coming to The Solar Foundation, Roxie spent four years working for the Oregon-based American solar manufacturer, SolarWorld. She coordinated SolarWorld’s national solar installer network and directed their annual dealer conferences, the “SolarWorld Installer Summits”. Roxie brings with her a lifelong passion for renewable energy and energy education, stemming from an early childhood experience that inspired her to “change the world” through alternative energy advocacy. She has a BA from UC Davis in International Energy Relations and, in her free time, enjoys writing, weight training, and guest speaking at schools about renewable energy.

Tim Olson – Program Managertim-final-headshot

Tim Olson currently serves as Program Manager with The Solar Foundation for programs, including: CivicPACE and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. In this capacity, Tim is helping local governments reduce regulatory and financial barriers to solar adoption, and is supporting the development of the future solar workforce. Tim also provides internal legal support to the organization.

Prior to joining TSF, Tim was the Legal and Marketing Director for a private manufacturing and distribution company in Maryland. Tim received his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he focused his studies on energy and environmental law and policy issues. During law school Tim was a member of The George Washington University Law Review, and held positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Tim is currently barred in the State of Maryland. Before law school, Tim studied Environmental Science and Physics at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Joe Sarubbi – Project ConsultantJoe Sarubbi

Joe is nationally recognized thought leader and consultant with over 38 years of experience, specializing in technical education, training, and workforce development. Recently, Joe was consulting for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), serving as Project Manager for a national Department of Energy initiative – the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), and is currently consulting for the DOE Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) initiaitve.

Prior to accepting his most recent contracts Mr. Sarubbi was the main architect of TEC-SMART, the country’s first totally integrated Training and Education Center for Semi-Conductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies. Joe is a Board Member of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and has also testified on two occasions regarding renewable energy training programs and workforce policy before the U.S. Congress. He has advised cities, states and numerous institutions regarding energy workforce development and in 2009 traveled to South America at the request of the US Department of State to advise South American governments on renewable energy workforce development.

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Contact Info

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Roxie Brown, Program Manager 600 14th st. NW #400 Washington, DC 20005

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(202) 469-3750

email

SolarTraining@solarfound.org

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