Vivint Solar Snatches Up Entire 1st Batch of Solar-Trained Veterans

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Editor’s Note: There are a bunch of great things about solar. Socio-economically, one of those things is that people on all sides of the political aisle can easily love and support it. It is good for energy independence, self-reliance, the air and water, a more democratized and free-market energy system, and more. Another thing is that it is a wonderful job creator. The solar industry already employs more Americans than the coal industry, and the jobs are growing super fast. One of those great feel-good stories that ties several things together is the pilot program at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, where 20 veterans where recently trained in solar jobs. Interestingly, one solar company, Vivint Solar, brought all of them on board immediately after graduation. James has more in the Solar Love repost below. —Zachary Shahan

You probably remembering hearing a couple of months ago about a new first-of-its-kind program to train veterans for jobs in the solar energy industry, while at military installations.

That pilot program recently saw the first wave of graduates at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California — all 20 of which have now been offered jobs by the residential solar leasing and installation company Vivint Solar, according to a recent announcement by the company.

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The pilot program — which has set out to train 200 veterans for jobs in the solar industry, at three different bases (Camp Pendleton, Fort Carson, and Naval Station Norfolk) — was launched back in September. With the first successful class graduation at Pendleton, training is now set to begin at Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk, at the start of the spring.

While Vivint Solar was the only company to hire any of the graduates from this first class, SunEdison, SolarCity, SunPower, and Sunrun have all also signed on to interview graduates of the program — representing some of the top solar companies in the country.

The training being given via the program is as part of a partnership with the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative — which is designed, at least in part, to spur growth in the solar energy industry in the US.

Altogether, the two partners have set the rather ambitious goal of training 50,000 new workers for the solar industry by 2020. It’s not exactly clear what portion of this number is planned to be veterans — presumably, a substantial portion, though, I’d think. After all, it’s a great solution to multiple problems — veteran unemployment and a shortage of skilled solar workers.

The program is training up for a variety of different skills/positions, including: solar installation, sales, and system maintenance/inspection.

As it stands currently, roughly 1 in every 10 workers in US solar energy industry is a veteran. That figure seems likely to continue growing thanks to programs such as these.

Image Credit: Lance Cpl. Asia J. Sorenson (cropped — 20 service members graduate from the Solar Energy Training Program at Camp Pendleton)

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5 thoughts on “Vivint Solar Snatches Up Entire 1st Batch of Solar-Trained Veterans

  • This is a win, win, win, win. For veterans, Vivint Solar, the environment and America. I love hearing news like this. Bravo

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      • I think this is a spammer. I would not click on with it.

        • Flag ’em. That gets them off the site quickest.

    • This is a fantastic program which should not be exploited. This is a publicity stunt by Vivint. All of these veterans are actively interviewing with solar companies within the industry. No commitments or official offers were made or accepted.

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