By Kelsey Misbrener, Associate Editor, Solar Power World
“The overwhelming majority of employers are having difficulty hiring, and then a majority of those are saying it’s costing them—costing them money, costing them jobs. They’re turning down jobs because they just can’t find qualified workers,” said Tim Olson, who wrote The Solar Foundation’s 2017 Solar Training and Jobs Report, a report funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. “Difficult hiring isn’t just unique to the solar industry,” Olson said. “You look at a lot of other skilled labor and general manufacturing positions in the U.S. and there is relatively high difficulty hiring right now—the unemployment rate is hitting all-time lows.” Click here to read more.
Photo: Mountain View Solar in Maryland collaborates with a local community college on a summer internship program.
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- Renewable Energy Has Many Benefits For People, The Economy, & The Environment, CleanTechnica
- By Rejecting Coal Subsidies, Federal Regulators Are Boosting Renewable Energy, Forbes
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