Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Solar Training Network?

The Solar Training Network is a national workforce development initiative led by The Solar Foundation. This program is designed to help meet the workforce needs of the solar industry by bridging gaps through solar training and strategic employment partnerships.

Who administers the Solar Training Network?

The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing solar energy use worldwide, is the national administrator of the Solar Training Network. The Solar Foundation supports the industry with years of thought leadership in solar labor market intelligence, education, technical assistance, and workforce development.

Where does its funding come from?

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (formerly SunShot Initiative) grants The Solar Foundation funding as part of a cooperative agreement to serve as the national administrator of the Solar Training Network.

What is the purpose of the Solar Training Network?

The Solar Training Network facilitates industry connections and supports training providers, job seekers, employers and workforce development professionals. This is accomplished through: 

  • a robust online networking tool for industry members and students 
  • solar career fairs and regional events 
  • original research and tool kits for solar workforce development 
  • a national director of solar training providers
What are the benefits for training providers?

Trainers receive preferential listing on the website as official program partners as well as promotion online and in STN social media. Joining Solar Training Network allows trainers to promote their program to the solar community, and engage with prospective students and solar employers. 

What are the requirements to join as a trainer?
  • Web portal profile creation
  • Solar Training Network Introduction to class, first week of instruction
  • Encourage students to register on Solar Training Network Web portal
  • Encourage students to complete hiring poll if and when hired through the Solar Training Network
How can the Solar Training Network help employers?

The Solar Training Network increases the quality and diversity of the solar workforce, and helps to create a dedicated employment pipeline for finding new solar workers. Employers are listed in the member directory, and have access to the online networking platform to review resumes and connect with candidates to fill solar jobs. Employers also receive quarterly updates from the Solar Training Network team, and are invited to participate in solar career fairs and summits.

What is the solar jobs market like?

 Solar is a dynamic and growing field. Since 2010, solar jobs have increased in the US by 168%. In 2016, 1 in every 50 newly added jobs in the US were from the solar industry. A diverse array of skill sets are in high demand in the solar industry: installation positions  are driving job growth, and opportunities are also expanding in design, engineering, sales and marketing. Whatever your background and interests, there’s a solar job that’s right for you. 

Will joining Solar Training Network help me get one of those jobs?

Yes, by joining the network as a job seeker,  you will be able to post your resume, indicate your qualifications and goals, and connect with hundreds of employers and training providers. You will receive news about solar job fairs, open positions, and training opportunities.

What if I want to work in this industry but don’t have the training?

The Solar Training Network provides a national directory of solar training providers to connect you to a training program in your area. By joining, you will have access to solar training resources, such as, educational materials. You also will have the opportunity to attend regional training events.

What are the requirements for employers to join?
  • Companies must provide quarterly hiring reports to remain an active Solar Training Network partner
  • Companies must be an equal opportunity employer
  • Companies must provide link to jobs page at onset of partnership
  • Companies must add program logo(s) to website
Does the Solar Training Network hold any regional or national meetings or events?

Yes! For dates and locations please visit the Events calendar on the homepage.

What does it cost to join the Solar Training Network?

Membership is completely free for all.  There is no cost to join the network.

Who does the Solar Training Network partner with?

The Solar Training Network partners with the American Association of Community Colleges, GRID Alternatives, Solar Energy International, the National Association of Workforce Boards, the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Florida Solar Energy Center and the University of Central Florida.

How can I contact the Solar Training Network?

Please contact us by e-mail at SolarTraining@SolarFound.org.

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