Vivint Solar, headquartered in Utah, provides all the tools necessary to help homeowners design or retrofit their homes to be solar energy reliant. Services include everything from designing individualized energy-efficient systems, to installation, to long-term maintenance. The mission of the company fits perfectly with the new pilot program to train military veterans in the key skills required for the long-term growth of the solar energy sector—i.e. installation, maintenance, inspection and marketing. At the same time, the solar energy training camp gives to new veterans an exciting field of employment that offers advancement, good benefits and long-term stability. Twenty veterans graduated from the first training camp, held at Camp Pendleton, and all were snapped up by Vivint Solar.
Solar power is one of the most accessible alternative energy sources in existence, especially in those areas of the world with abundant sunshine. According to the Department of Energy, 173,000 terawatts of solar energy hits the earth on a continuous basis—more than 10,000 times the total global energy usage. The cost of solar energy systems has become much more affordable in recent years, and combined with a wide variety of tax incentives, Americans are better positioned than ever to access this clean energy fuel.
The solar energy training camp is in partnership with the Sunshot Initiative of the US Department of Energy, whose mission is to stimulate growth in the US solar energy technology sector. The pilot program, initiated in September, trained 200 veterans at Camp Pendleton in southern California. A Norfolk Naval Station and Fort Carson site will be added soon. The goal is to prepare 50,000 new workers with the necessary skills to enter the solar energy workforce by the year 2020. Not all will be military veterans, but it is anticipated that a sizable number will be pulled from this ready pool of professionals.
Veterans will have new employment opportunities and the solar industry will have a highly trained team of professionals to cover the current shortage of educated technicians in a much needed technology that will to help the world become a cleaner place.