Solar Power World Names Solar Landscape’s Kate Gold as Top Solar Changemaker of 2021 for Strides in Workforce Development
Solar Power World Names Kate Gold of Solar Landscape as Top Solar Changemaker of 2021 for Advances in Workforce Development
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Community Solar Energy Pilot Program Enables Solar Suppliers to Support Communities with Clean Energy Access and Provide Jobs Statewide
JULY 21, 2021, ASBURY PARK – Solar Energy World, the premier media outlet for the U.S. solar market, has named Kate Gold, Solar Landscape’s director of Community Engagement, as its 2021 Top Solar Changemaker for its influence on staff development.
Solar Energy World made the announcement during the July 19 virtual gala honoring the magazine’s 2021 Solar Champions. Five individual awards were presented among more than 400 companies that were ranked.
As Director of Community Engagement at sunny landscape, Gold oversees the company’s training initiatives and education in renewable energy. Under her leadership, Solar Landscape delivered solar installation career training to more than 150 New Jersey residents. She was also instrumental in establishing Solar Landscape’s Green Ambassador Program (GAP) for high school and vocational and technical college students in New Jersey, which has enrolled more than 200 students and will provide $20,000 in first-year college scholarships. grant.
“I am honored to be recognized by Solar Energy World for the work we do at Solar Landscape,” said Gold. “Thanks to Governor Murphy, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and many others, the New Jersey Community Solar Energy Pilot program provides residents of historically marginalized communities with cleaner air, lower energy costs and job creation. We are excited about the impact we are having on local communities and look forward to even more progress in the future.”
Solar Landscape: Harnessing New Jersey Community Solar Energy to Educate Clean Energy Staff
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Community Solar Energy Pilot Program has enabled Kate Gold and Todd Menadier, Solar Landscape’s new Director of Workforce Development, to train staff to support New Jersey’s clean energy economy statewide. to support.
Gold has partnered with the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges and its Energy Pathway Collaborative to address the educational needs of the growing clean energy workforce. In addition, Solar Landscape continues to provide personal career development and green energy education sessions to New Jersey high schools.
Her leadership in personnel development also positions Solar Landscape to do even more to educate New Jerseyans in the clean energy sector — both for its own recruiting and for the industry at large. The company has partnered with Parsippany-based roofing company GAF to integrate its solar commercial curriculum into its popular Roofing Academy and personal training courses.
Solar Landscape and GAF offer solar installation and roofing training at locations in New Jersey. The companies provided training in Perth Amboy in July and have upcoming personal training sessions in Asbury Park, Pennsauken, Trenton and Woodbridge Township.
Solar Landscape also sponsors a PSE&G Institute for Sustainability Studies Green Team. The company mentors and trains a team of five local college students who receive educational materials about community sustainability and solar energy that help students immerse themselves in various facets of New Jersey’s clean energy policy. Solar Landscape’s Green Team was tasked with finding new and creative ways to connect with New Jersey communities through its community solar projects.
Dover resident and current Solar Landscape employee, Yvette Viasus, was hired by Gold after attending the online solar curriculum. She is a bilingual graduate of Montclair University and formerly an intern at PSE&G’s on-campus Sustainability Institute. She works with Gold’s community engagement team.
“I was lucky enough to meet Kate Gold and get involved in the Solar Landscape training program,” said Viasus. “Through Kate’s vision, we are creating a new generation of workers who can contribute to the future of renewable energy in New Jersey.”
Solar Landscape’s community engagement and workforce development strategies are inspired by the New Jersey Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, established by Governor Murphy in 2018 through Executive Order 28.
In January, these strategies came to fruition as Governor Murphy along with executives from Solar Landscape and Duke Realty in Perth Amboy celebrated the completion of New Jersey’s first community solar projects. Solar Landscape’s two new projects at the Duke Realty facilities will power more than 1,200 local homes with clean solar energy, 50 percent of which are low- to middle-income households. These projects were made possible through partnerships with the City of Perth Amboy, the local housing authority and the Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF), a non-profit, non-sectarian organization.
“Kate’s innovation and hard work are helping to meet a critical need in New Jersey for trained solar installers,” said Shaun Keegan, chief executive officer at Solar Landscape. “The Solar Landscape team is excited to celebrate Kate’s achievement and is proud to be recognized as New Jersey’s leading commercial solar developer in the Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list.”
Solar Landscape Ranked Best Commercial Solar Developer in New Jersey
In addition to the Gold Award, Solar Energy World also listed Solar Landscape as the top-ranked commercial solar developer in New Jersey and number 16 nationally. Solar Landscape has completed construction on a total of seven community solar projects in New Jersey, all of which were built during the pandemic.
“Even the shutdowns and delays from COVID-19 couldn’t stop the solar industry from installing fantastic numbers last year,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor-in-chief of Solar Energy World. “The Solar Energy World The team is thrilled to recognize more than 400 companies on the list of Top Solar Contractors 2021 that have not only survived a pandemic, but are still thriving.”
The list of best solar contractors is compiled each year by: Solar Energy World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States. Solar companies in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by the number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service, markets, and states.
About Solar Power World
Solar Power World is the leading online and print source for news and information about solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped US solar contractors, including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets, grow their businesses and do their jobs better.
About solar landscape
Based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Solar Landscape is a leading provider of comprehensive photovoltaic system solutions to the commercial/industrial, municipal, public school and non-profit markets. Solar Landscape’s Workforce Development Program is designed to help educate, train, and hire New Jersey residents for careers in the rapidly growing solar workforce. sunny landscape has completed construction of seven community solar projects with a total capacity of more than 17 megawatts as part of Year 1 of the NJBPU’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program; and construction of an eighth Year 1 project is expected to be completed before the end of 2021.
New Jersey residents in certain locations can sign up to use renewable energy without installing solar panels at www.gosolarlandscape.com.
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