SETO FY2018 – Workforce Initiatives

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The Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2018 (SETO FY2018) funding program addresses the affordability, flexibility, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. This program funds early-stage research projects that advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) technologies and supports efforts that prepare the solar workforce for the industry’s future needs.

On October 23, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would provide $53 million in funding for 53 projects in the SETO FY2018 funding program. Of those projects, 7 will focus on workforce initiatives. Read the announcement

Approach

Projects in the workforce initiatives topic seek to prepare the solar industry for a digital future and modern grid while also increasing the number of veterans and other participants in the solar industry.

Objectives

Workforce projects will help prepare the industry for its future needs through programs that are designed to help utility professionals manage a modern grid and increase the number of veterans and other talent pools in the industry.

Selectees

-- Award and cost share amounts are subject to change pending negotiations --

Expanding the Solar Workforce

Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Project Name: Solar Ready Wisconsin
Location: Custer, WI
DOE Award Amount: $800,000
Cost Share: $900,000
Principal Investigator: Nick Hylla

Blue Lake Rancheria

Project Name: Multi-Sector Solar Career Training Initiative for Native Americans and Veterans
Location: Blue Lake, CA
DOE Award Amount: $600,000
Cost Share: N/A
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kullmann

Safer Foundation

Project Name: Safer's Solar Energy Demand Skills Training Program
Location: Chicago, IL
DOE Award Amount: $800,000
Cost Share: N/A
Principal Investigator: David Gianfrancesco

Illinois Green Economy Network

Project Name: Expanding the Solar Workforce through the Illinois Community College System
Location: Godfrey, IL
DOE Award Amount: $1,250,000
Cost Share: N/A
Principal Investigator: Katie Davis

The Solar Foundation

Project Name: The National Solar Jobs Accelerator
Location: Washington, DC
DOE Award Amount: $2,000,000
Cost Share: N/A
Principal Investigator: Christopher Walker

Philadelphia Energy Authority

Project Name: Bright Solar Futures
Location: Philadelphia, PA
DOE Award Amount: $1,250,000
Cost Share: $46,500
Principal Investigator: Laura Rigell

Digital Adaptation Training for Distributed Energy Resources on the Grid

Electric Power Research Institute

Project Name: Grid Ready Energy Analytics Training with Data
Location: Knoxville, TN
DOE Award Amount: $6,000,000
Cost Share: $1,500,000
Principal Investigator: Thomas Reddoch

Learn more about the SETO FY2018 funding program and the projects selected for the photovoltaics and concentrating solar-thermal power topics.