The Solar Foundation was selected by the Department of Energy to lead Solar Ready Vets®, a national program that connects transitioning military personnel with solar training and employment opportunities. The Solar Foundation and its partners are expanding Solar Ready Vets from a successful pilot into a national program.

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016 found that veterans represent 9% of the overall U.S. solar workforce. Solar Ready Vets will offer transitioning service members opportunities in this expanding industry, while providing solar employers access to highly qualified employees.

Funded by the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Ready Vets provides quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning military personnel who are within six months of separation. Solar training complements the extensive skills developed during military service and prepares transitioning service members to be strong candidates for jobs in the growing solar industry.

Solar Ready Vets is currently working with 10 military bases including Camp Pendleton, Fort Carson, Naval Station Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Fort Drum, Hill Air Force Base, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Joint Base San Antonio, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Bragg, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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Solar Ready Vets Base Transition Team Contacts

The Transition Assistance Program points of contact for each of the ten participating Solar Ready Vets programs are listed below. If you are active duty or a reservist who is interested in finding out more about the Solar Ready Vets training, please reach out directly to the transition team contact at your base.  All other interested parties should email

Marine Corps Base Hawaii (HI): James Gardner |

Joint Base San Antonio (TX): Jose Ontiveros |

Fort Drum (NY): Lorrie Guler |

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (NJ): Jude Marranco |

Fort Bragg (NC): William McMillian |

Eglin Air Force Base (FL): Lisa Splinter |

Solar Ready Vets Employer Partnership 

Are you a solar employer interested in hiring highly qualified, solar-trained military veterans? If so, fill out the Solar Ready Vets Employer Partner Agreement form below and you’ll be added to our employer directory.

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tenley-headshotTenley Dalstrom – Program Director

Tenley Dalstrom joined The Solar Foundation as the Director of the Solar Ready Vets Program to move the effort from a pilot project to a national program providing solar training and job opportunities for military personal transitioning into the civilian workforce. Prior to joining TSF, Tenley served as a Senior Energy Analyst with Energetics’ Energy Solutions Division, supporting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she conducted policy analysis on clean energy, electricity, and grid issues, managed technology and program workshops, and produced technical publications. She supported the $3.4 billion Smart Grid Investment Grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and facilitated the launch and management of the International Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program (C3E) for women in clean energy.

Tenley spent over five years overseas consulting on environmental and energy related projects in Bratislava, Slovakia and in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ms. Dalstrom holds degrees in Journalism and Environmental Sciences from University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Vrije Universiteit. She serves on the board of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment, and in her free time enjoys travel, music, cycling and pottery.



DePalmer headshotSteve DePalmer Brigadier General (Ret) – Project Consultant

Steve DePalmer assists The Solar Foundation in expanding the Solar Ready Vet program to provide solar installation training for transitioning service members and veterans.  He is a graduate of the first SRV cohort at Ft Carson, Colorado, and is a volunteer with GRID Alternatives.  Prior to joining The Solar Foundation, he served almost 30 years in the US Air Force in a variety of leadership positions in the US and Europe.  He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy with a degree in Electrical Engineering and holds an MA from the Air University School of Advanced Airpower Studies.  As an F-15 pilot his combat decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and 4 Air Medals.  When not helping to promote renewable energy Steve enjoys traveling, sports, and the great outdoors of Colorado.


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