Philadelphia school district starts 3-year solar training program

The Philadelphia Energy authority marked a milestone in Pennsylvania’s just transition to clean energy with the opening of the Solar Training Lab at Frankford High School.

“Philadelphia is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and that effort will create thousands of jobs,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “We need our young people to access those careers, and this lab will make sure they do. Congratulations to the school district, Frankford High School and the Philadelphia Energy Authority on this important milestone.”

Bright Solar Futures (BSF), funded by the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, PECO and other industry partners, provides access to solar careers for young Philadelphians. The first of its kind three-year career and technical education (CTE) vocational training program will launch young people for careers in clean energy.

“Supporting Bright Solar Futures and the opening of this new Solar Training Lab is at the intersection of two very important priorities for us at PECO: supporting clean energy sources to reduce the impact of climate change and promoting initiatives to empower the workforce. of tomorrow in clean energy,” said Mike Innocenzo, PECO President and CEO. “We are proud to be involved in this program and look forward to the ‘bright’ future for these students.”

Emily Schapira, CEO of Philadelphia Energy Authority, said: “We are so proud to be here in Frankford today with these partners and these students. Solar energy is the fastest growing job in Pennsylvania, and this lab will ensure equal access to this Bright Solar Futures students train in solar installation, sales and design, along with weatherproofing, construction basics, and site safety, so that Philadelphia has the best-trained clean energy workforce in the region.”

News release from the Philadelphia Energy Authority

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