DOE Adds Five Military Bases to Solar Ready Vets Program

DOE adds military bases to Solar Ready Vets program

The U.S. Energy Department named five additional military bases that will join the Solar Ready Vets program, which prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty.

The new training locations are: Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, with training provider Florida Solar Energy Center; Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina, with training provider Fayetteville Technical Community College; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, with training provider Rowan College at Burlington County; Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, with training provider Alamo College System’s St. Philip’s College; and Marine Corps Base Hawaii, with training provider Honolulu Community College.

Since the program’s launch, approximately 250 graduates have completed the Solar Ready Vets training program from 14 cohorts at five military bases across the country: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado, Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, Hill Air Force Base in Utah and Fort Drum Army Base in New York.

The Department is also awarding $10 million to 10 new projects through its Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program, which was created to help meet the solar industry’s growing demand for well-qualified, highly skilled installers and other industry-related professionals.

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