Illinois center helps train clean-energy workers for the future

Harry Ohde
Written by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

This school has been around for a century, as a joint venture between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134, the labor union that represents about 15,000 electricians in the Chicago area, and the National Electric Contractors Association (NECA), comprising those who employ them. For generations, journeymen and apprentice electricians have learned and honed their trade here . . . Up until about three years ago, the clean energy component at the school was limited to a modest solar PV array clinging to the south side of one of the training buildings, Ohde noted. But now students at the Renewable Energy Training Field can practice on a wide range of clean energy tasks, from installing solar arrays and EV charging stations to grounding solar arrays and solar-powered street lights against lightning strikes to climbing and wiring wind turbines. Read more here.

Photo by Kari Lydersen. Harry Ohde, electrician master trainer at the NECA-IBEW technical training institute.