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Nine Institutions Win Solar Installer Training Awards

October 8, 2009

On October 8, 2009, the Department of Energy announced nine winners of the Solar Installer Training network. The network promotes training in the installation of solar technologies. An investment of $27 million, including $10 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, is awarded to the network of regional resource and training providers below. The regional resource and training providers are well-established solar training institutions offering expert instruction and top training facilities. In order to deliver the most appropriate training possible, the regional resource and training providers collaborate on a regular basis with each other, educators, solar industry representatives, workforce investment boards, and state and federal agencies.


Mid-Atlantic States
The Pennsylvania State University ($3,500,000)
By engaging a broad spectrum of stakeholders, the Pennsylvania State University's Mid-Atlantic Solar Regional Training Center will support a comprehensive training infrastructure for sales, design, installation, commissioning, and service of both solar PV and solar heating and cooling technologies.

North Carolina State University ($3,008,826)
This project will develop a training program for solar professionals, installation workforce, and local educational instructors. By collaborating with a local energy industry leader, North Carolina State University will also provide additional professional development opportunities to the local workforce such as providing apprenticeships with companies.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Inc. ($3,307,709)
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association will provide instructor development opportunities and organize a network of instructors, installers, engineers, administrators, and other industry stakeholders to create and share instructional resources. The program will use team learning methods and collaborative technologies to create instructional resources.

Northeast/New England
Kennebec Valley Community College ($2,886,782)
Kennebec Valley Community College will develop a nationally accepted train-the-trainer program. The goal is to target instructors from community colleges, career and technical education centers, and private industry training incubators in northern New England who are looking to enhance their existing programs through the inclusion of solar heating and cooling installation training courses.

Hudson Valley Community College ($3,497,595)
This project will establish a network of Institute of Sustainable Power Certified instructors across the northeast and develop a solar photovoltaic training facility that will support future instructor training in the region.

Rocky Mountain States
*Salt Lake Community College ($3,110,140)
This project will train trainers and offer professional development activities at community and technical colleges that are developing and improving existing solar PV and solar heating and cooling installation courses. This project will also develop and implement train-the-trainer courses via the Internet, based on Solar Energy International's nationally recognized solar photovoltaic and solar heating and cooling curriculum.

South Central
Houston Community College ($3,566,058)
Houston Community College will establish a network of educational, industry, and state partners to ensure the availability and effectiveness of solar installation training throughout the region. This project will also provide professional development opportunities for educators at institutions that wish to start or improve training and education programs in solar installation.

University of Central Florida ($2,800,000)
This project will create the Southern Alternative Energy Training Network, which will develop industry-recognized and staff-alternative energy training centers throughout the southern U.S. The resulting programs will create a trained pipeline of workers to meet current and future employment demands needed by the solar industry.

West Coast
California Community Colleges Board of Governors ($3,499,828)
The California Solar Training Partnership will create a statewide standardized training curriculum and certification program for solar PV and solar heating and cooling instructors, organize train-the-trainer events, and provide professional development and curricular resources to California Community College faculty, regional occupational programs, and high schools

Visit the Solar Energy Technologies program for more information.

*Indicates NACUBO Board member.


Tadu Yimam
Director, Online Learning