The Grow Solar Jobs Initiative supports the growth of the Appalachian solar industry by facilitating professional training for job-seekers intending to advance their professional careers in the solar field. According to the 2018 Ohio Solar Jobs Census, Ohio’s solar workforce grew in 2018 to reach over 7,000 jobs, making the state the seventh highest solar jobs supporters nationwide. Ohio has an abundant solar resource and huge potential for future growth.

In 2020, the Grow Solar Jobs Initiative will support five individuals in training and engagement in the solar industry. Each solar trainee will complete online coursework through Solar Energy International (SEI)and attend two in-person training and networking events with local solar installers. Technical assistance and support will be provided by Rural Action all along the way. The Grow Solar Jobs Initiative will track its impact through developing relationships and staying in touch with trainees as they advance their careers.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Grow Solar Jobs Initiative.


Check Out SEI’s Free Course

Solar Energy International also offers a free course as an introduction to renewable energy that outlines the basics of what renewable energy is and different ways renewable energy is generated. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for the organization to see if SEI courses are right for you. Take a look at the course description here!

Third Sun Solar
USDA Rural Development
Athens County Foundation
Appalachian Renewable Power