Low-income solar programs provide a great opportunity for states and municipalities to incorporate workforce development requirements that provide job training opportunities in solar for local workers. Solar is a rapidly expanding industry, with a sustained 20 percent year over year job growth rate for the last two years, and it is a strong employer of minorities and veterans. Low-income solar programs with a workforce development component should include the following components:
- Outreach to community colleges, job training organizations, housing authorities and other entities that serve lower-income and minority populations;
- Hands-on training opportunities that prepare individuals for jobs in the industry; and
- Partnerships with the industry to promote hiring.