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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Workforce

Workforce


Three Military Bases Partner with Energy Department to Train Veterans for Solar Jobs

U.S. DOE News, Feb. 2015.
http://energy.gov/articles/three-military-bases-partner-energy-department-train-veterans-solar-jobs-0

"This pilot program is enabled by the Department of Defense’s SkillBridge initiative, which allows exiting military personnel to pursue civilian job training, employment skills training, apprenticeships and internships up to six months prior to their separation date. Service members who graduate from the DOE’s solar training program will gain the skills to size and install solar panels, safely connect electricity to the grid, and interpret and comply with local building codes."

How Utilities Can Get In On the Solar Job Bonanza

Utility Dive, Jan. 28, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-utilities-can-get-in-on-the-solar-job-bonanza/357997/

"Despite solar providing 1.3% of all new U.S. jobs in 2014, being the single biggest new U.S. jobs creator, and doubling its installation sector since 2010, utilities seem to be uncertain about getting involved in it."

National Solar Job Census 2014

The Solar Foundation, Jan. 2015.
http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TSF-National-Census-2014-Report_lowres.pdf

"The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2014 is the fifth annual update of current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry. This year’s Census found that the industry continues to exceed growth expectations, adding workers1 at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy and accounting for 1.3% of all jobs created in the U.S. over the past year. Our long-term research shows that solar industry employment has grown by 86% in the past five years, resulting in nearly 80,000 domestic living-wage jobs."

Growth in Employees and Demand for Green Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/construction/growth-in-employees-and-demand-for-green-construction_o.aspx

"Between 2010 and 2011, the percent of construction employees working in green construction and services jumped from 7.0 to 8.9 percent, according to data recently released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Case Study: KVCC Wind Turbine Technician Academy

Wind Systems Magazine, Jul. 2014.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/678/case-study-kvcc-wind-turbine-technician-academy

"In 2008, as U.S. wind energy began its trend of exponential growth, Kalamazoo Valley Community College recognized the need for an industry-responsive education program that would rapidly produce highly trained wind workforce."

Installer Productivity Booms [Solar]

Solar Today, Jul/Aug 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://solartoday.org/2014/06/installer-productivity-booms/

"Driven by better racking and grounding, more efficient modules and 'dense' sales strategies, labor productivity soared 253 percent in four years."

Become a Solar Professional

Home Power Magazine, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Vaughan Woodruff.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/solar-electricity/design-installation/become-solar-professional

"In 2012, the solar industry saw a 13.2% increase in employment in the United States—nearly six times higher job growth than in the rest of the U.S. economy. And in 2013, the industry experienced a 20% growth in solar jobs—10 times higher than the national employment rate. This trend is expected to continue as increasing demand for solar will require new professionals involved in the installation, design, sales, and manufacturing of solar heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems."

Nearly 143,000 and Counting: Updated State Solar Jobs Numbers for 2013

Solar Foundation, Feb. 11, 2014, by Andrea Luecke, Executive Director and President of The Solar Foundation.
http://thesolarfoundation.org/blog/nearly-143000-and-counting-updated-state-solar-jobs-numbers-2013

"In late January 2014, The Solar Foundation released its National Solar Jobs Census 2013, showing that the U.S. solar industry employs 142,698 solar workers as of November 2013.  In addition to this important piece of national solar labor market research, we have also continued to focus more heavily on employment at the state level."

When 20% of Your Workforce is Retiring: Employment Challenges for Electric Power

Hydro Review, Jan. 2014, by Alan Hardcastle & Sally Zeiger Hanson.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-1/article/when-20-of-your-workforce-is-retiring-employment-challenges-for-electric-power.html

"Between now and 2018, about 17% of the current electric power workforce in the Pacific Northwest is expected to retire, and it is becoming more challenging to fill open positions. What are employers to do?"

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