Sunrun and GRID Alternatives renew solar training program for another year
sunrun and GRID Alternatives renewed a partnership to train California residents in solar installation skills for a second year. Through the partnership of Sunrun and GRID, interns install on large-scale solar projects in California and gain transferable skills and experience to launch their careers in the growing solar industry.
California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program brings the benefits of solar energy to low- and middle-income renters while providing paid training opportunities for eligible interns. GRID Alternatives recruits and manages interns who join Sunrun on their SOMAH job sites, learning skills while seeing real impact on multi-family solar projects.
“I am thrilled that Sunrun and GRID are working together to educate a new generation of solar workers,” said Lynn Jurich, CEO and co-founder of Sunrun. “These are high paying jobs, and when more people from all backgrounds work in solar energy, we can achieve our climate goals more fairly and faster.”
The solar industry is on track to reach 400,000 solar jobs nationwide by 2030, according to the National Census of Solar Jobs 2020. So far, 112 students have graduated from the GRID Alternatives training programs supported by Sunrun and 36 students have progressed to paid training opportunities on Sunrun’s SOMAH projects. In 2021, individuals have collectively trained 25,000 hours on large-scale projects.
Interns participate in GRID’s Installation Basics Training 200 (IBT 200) job training program where individuals take their first step towards a lifelong career. In addition to practicing with solar installations, students complete their OSHA-10 and CPR/First Aid certification. The program often serves as a feeder for interns on Sunrun SOMAH projects.
“Our partnership with Sunrun to provide job training allows us to expand our impact in communities on economic and environmental justice,” said Tim Sears, COO and co-founder of GRID. the growing solar industry.”
In addition to the collaboration between Sunrun and GRID, Sunrun supports GRID’s mission to promote environmental and economic justice with solar energy for 10 years.
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