Veterans in Solar
Veterans are continuing to serve our country by helping to build critical new energy infrastructure across the United States. Many solar companies are starting veteran hiring initiatives and seeking out their unique skills, so we're continuing our history of helping veterans receive the right training for the job.
If you're looking to hire a vet, we have hundreds of veteran members nationwide that you can view and contact. Just select "yes" under the Military Veteran heading.
If you're a veteran or active-duty military, you can quickly register and create a profile to start networking.
If you're looking to start a training program, we've compiled below comprehensive guides and various resources to set up your own solar training program for active and transitioning military personnel.
History of SRV
In 2016, The Solar Foundation was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to serve as the administrator of Solar Ready Vets®, a national program that connects transitioning military personnel with solar training and employment opportunities. The Solar Foundation and its partners expanded Solar Ready Vets® , doubling the number of locations the training was offered from 5 to 10. DOE funding support for this program ends as of September 2017, however, 7 of the locations will continue to offer Solar Ready Vets® training courses. Points of contact for the active programs are listed below.
The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016 found that veterans represent 9% of the overall U.S. solar workforce. Solar Ready Vets® helped to offer more than 500 transitioning service members opportunities in the expanding solar industry, while providing more than 300 solar employer partners access to highly qualified employees.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Ready Vets® provided quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning military personnel who were 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 established training programs at 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.
Solar Ready Vets Base Training Provider Contacts
The Local Training Provider points of contact for each of the active Solar Ready Vets programs are listed below. If you are active duty, a reservist, a veteran, a military spouse, or adult child of an active duty servicemember who is interested in finding out more about the Solar Ready Vets® training program, please reach out directly to the training provider contact below.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii (HI) – Honolulu Community College:
Preshess Willets-Vaquilar | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Base San Antonio (TX) – Alamo Colleges:
Colin Nichols | email@example.com
Naval Station Norfolk-Hampton Roads (VA) – Tidewater Community College:
Christopher Blow | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (NJ) – Rowan College:
Alison DeJoseph | email@example.com
Fort Bragg (NC) – Fayetteville Technical Community College:
Pendy Evans | firstname.lastname@example.org
Eglin Air Force Base (FL) – Northwest Florida State College:
Jamie Moncure | email@example.com
Fort Drum (NY) – SUNY Canton:
Kevin McAdoo | firstname.lastname@example.org