An interesting and very cool idea coming from Florida-based Solar Energy Initiatives Inc. on setting up job training for laid off/out-of-job workers as solar energy installation and maintenance technicians in Jacksonville.
The company’s “Renew the Nation” campaign is being funded in part ($396,000) by the federal stimulus program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The City of Jacksonville has partnered with Solar Energy for the program. The first class, according to Solar Energy will begin in late October.
The company is also training solar dealers that will sell and install solar systems to homeowners and commercial customers. Of course we wouldn’t want phony and incompetent sales people to haphazardly install solar panels in our roofs.
I just hope these new trainees will get jobs as soon as possible so as not to waste their newly acquired skills.
[Photo from University of Buffalo]