Solar-ready program for veterans with 75,000 new jobs

As part of President Obama’s plans to combat climate change, the White House announced a program on Friday for the U.S. Department of Energy to train 75,000 people to work in the solar power industry by 2020, many of whom will be part of a military veterans jobs initiative called Solar Ready Vets.

The goal to boost the solar industry’s workforce increases an earlier goal made last year to train 50,000 solar workers by 2020 using 400 community colleges nationwide to train both instructors and students. So far, that program, part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, has trained more than 30,000 students in the last five years, the White House said.

Officials had already announced plans to train 50,000 individuals in the solar industry over the next five years. The new announcements boost that total to over the same span, with an unspecified number of veterans to be included in the trainee pool.

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