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Coalition for Community Solar Access Launches Online Portal for Community Solar Jobs

News Release 

The Coalition for Community Solar Access, a national coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand community solar, has launched a new Community Solar Job Portal. The portal features a wide variety of job openings from companies across the country and provides job seekers a single destination to find job opportunities in the fastest growing sector within the solar industry.

“Community solar is a high growth industry with lots of opportunity,” said CCSA Executive Director Jeffrey Cramer. “As the industry unlocks more gigawatts of community solar capacity in more states, companies are increasingly looking to hire smart, talented, and motivated people. We built this job portal to help companies find talent and to serve as a resource for those interested in landing a career in a fast-growing sector that positively impacts the community.”
Read more here.



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The Solar Warrior of Pine Ridge

By Laurie Brickman, Contributor, U.S. News & World Report

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — Henry Red Cloud built Lakota Solar Enterprises and the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on his family’s land, a plot of some 30 acres near a remote stretch of highway here. On an isolated expanse of the Northern Plains, it’s one of the harshest environments in the U.S., where temperatures in the winter can drop below zero, the frigidity punctuated by fierce storms able to drop power lines in furies of ice and wind.

But Red Cloud doesn’t see the extreme conditions as a handicap. For the last two decades, he has thrown himself into establishing a renewable energy program that can serve as an anchor for heating, electricity and job growth on Pine Ridge, home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe. Read more here.

Photo: Henry Red Cloud has led 1,500 trainings for representatives of dozens of tribes in the Northern Plains region.

Solar Power Legislation In Illinois Could Generate $250-350 Million In Tax Revenue

By Jake Richardson, CleanTechnica

Illinois Governor Rauner recently signed two bills to support solar development conditions for Illinois farmers and rural areas.  They are SB 486 and SB 2591. The first creates a standard tax assessment value for local solar farms in Illinois. The second sets standards for the construction and deconstruction of solar farms on agricultural land. Lesley McCain, the Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the legislation. Continue reading here.

Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act Website

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The Solar Foundation releases a new solar jobs toolkit

Strategies for Solar Workforce Development: A Toolkit for the Solar Industry was published by the Solar Training Network, a program The Solar Foundation leads that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

The toolkit is designed to help meet the high demand for qualified employees and build a skilled and diverse solar workforce. Written for both large employers and small solar businesses, the toolkit includes a detailed guide for setting up work-based learning programs to invest in current and future workers.

This new toolkit includes a Workforce Development Action Plan showing how solar companies can partner with local workforce development boards and American Job Centers to support the hiring, recruitment, and training process.

The toolkit also includes a step-by-step implementation guide for building a work-based learning program, including internships, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training.

Download the toolkit here.


The Business Case for Solar Training                                                   Help Wanted 








Vintage hiring and training solutions for a better solar workforce

In this op-ed for pv magazine, The Solar Foundation’s Chris Walker explores issues of aligning solar training programs with workforce needs. Walker is Senior Program Manager for the Solar Training Network at The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar and solar-compatible technologies worldwide.

New (Brief) SEIA Video

Welcome to the Next Chapter 

SEIA President and CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper, provides insight on the outcome of the Sec. 201 solar trade case and the steps SEIA is taking to ensure the future of the solar industry is a bright one.

Solar skilled labor shortage hinders industry growth, but collaboration could change the course

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.


Proposals could make it easier for farmers to profit from manure bioenergy

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

A pair of federal efforts could make it more profitable to turn organic waste from agriculture and other sources into energy by taking advantage of the Renewable Fuel Standard. One is a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate that would create a 30 percent investment tax credit for qualifying biogas and nutrient-recovery systems. That would put renewable compressed natural gas on a similar footing with solar and wind energy. A separate approach, currently before the Environmental Protection Agency, aims to create a pathway that would pay biogas producers for providing power for electric vehicles. Read more.

Photo by USDA


Opinion: Solar energy shines on Iowa economy

By Tim Dwight, President of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association. Published in The Des Moines Register

Tim DwightA new study, “Clean Jobs Midwest,” from the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs found that 28,451 Iowans work in the state’s clean energy sector, including 626 working in the solar industry alone. While we have a way to go to catch up with our “big brother” wind industry, more than $85 million was invested in solar installations in Iowa between 2012 and 2015. As president of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, I have the privilege of watching these investments grow the Iowa economy. Read more here.

Clean Jobs Nebraska: Nebraska has 16,422 clean energy jobs according to the Clean Jobs Midwest study.
Cost of solar energy falls every time the sun rises, by Audrey Hoffer, The Washington Post
San Francisco will require new buildings to install solar panels, by Robert Walton, Utility Dive
NY utilities, solar companies propose transition away from retail net metering, by Krystl Shallenberger, Utility Dive