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Solar jobs have risen rapidly in the past decade. Training a prepared and skilled workforce that enables the solar industry to meet growing deployment demands is a high priority. The Solar Energy Technologies Office addresses the critical need for high-quality, local, accessible training in solar energy system design, installation, sales, and inspection, as well as power systems engineering and related professions like real estate and finance through a variety of training programs.

Funding programs in this area include:

Those who participate in training can take advantage of the Solar Career Map, which allows users to explore 40 jobs across four industry sectors and identify more than 60 routes to advancement between them. Additional opportunities for progress and promotion can be found within any given occupation on the map, and multi-sector pathways reinforce the idea of lifelong learning and the natural evolution of skills and interests.

Learn more about the other soft costs focus areas: networking and technical assistancedata analysis and business innovation.