Coal to solar: Retraining the energy workforce

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As more coal-fired power plants are retired, industry workers are left without many options. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though.

In a new study published in Energy Economics, researchers from Michigan Technological University and Oregon State University offer hope for coal workers for high-quality employment in the rapidly expanding solar photovoltaic industry. Read more.

Photo: Joshua Pearce’s lab at Michigan Tech focuses on the accessibility of solar and 3-D printing technologies. Credit: Michigan Tech / Sarah Bird

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More information: Edward P. Louie et al, Retraining investment for U.S. transition from coal to solar photovoltaic employmentEnergy Economics (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2016.05.016