Sunrun establishes no-cost employee education program to bolster clean energy jobforce

Sunrun, the national provider of solar energy and residential storage, today launched PowerU, a new fully funded employee education and training program designed to train and develop its workforce for the fast-growing clean energy industry.

Through PowerU, Sunrun will nurture the next generation of green careers and professionals. The solar industry is currently on a trajectory to achieve 400,000 jobs by 2030, but more than 900,000 skilled workers will be needed to meet President Joe Biden’s 2035 clean energy target. The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor predicts the solar installer will be the third fastest growing job in America over the next decade.

Sunrun collaborates with learning platform Guild Education to meet this demand and connect employees to opportunities for advancement by providing access to more than 150 fully funded and flexible education and training programs. These programs include: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in areas such as sustainability management, electrical engineering, information technology, and environmental sciences; professional development and graduate certificates in areas such as sales leadership, solar installation, supply chain management and data science; English language lessons; high school completion courses; and an employer-sponsored apprenticeship program for electricians.

The Tailored Electrician Internship Program is designed to provide employees with a clear career path to become certified electricians – a designation often required by solar and battery installers. The program builds on Sunrun’s existing commitment to accelerate talent acquisition and strengthen workforce development to meet rising industry demand and build a strong and diverse workforce.

“Sunrun’s new PowerU benefits program is designed to empower thousands of Sunrunners to build stable careers and a prosperous future,” said Sejal Patel Daswani, Sunrun Chief Human Resources Officer. “By launching PowerU and expanding its solar workforce development, Sunrun’s PowerU will proudly lead the industry to meet the ever-increasing demand for skilled clean energy professionals.”

PowerU reinforces Sunrun’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and strengthens investment in communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the industry’s workforce. Sunrun has set goals to achieve equal gender and racial representation in managerial and leadership roles by 2025. PowerU is designed to remove barriers and increase access to opportunities, enabling talent attraction and retention, as well as career mobility for employees. With PowerU, Sunrun offers the unique opportunity to train, work and grow in one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

From day one of employment, all regular full-time and part-time Sunrun employees are eligible and have access to a full support system, including a team of certified training and career coaches who can help employees set goals, select programs , balancing responsibilities, and evaluating career paths.

“Our country is engaged in a war for talent, one in which we must fill jobs today and build tomorrow’s careers. We are excited to partner with Sunrun, an innovative and forward-thinking company, to build a program that will attract talent and bring more people into green careers. At the same time, it prepares Sunrun and Sunrunners for the future,” said Rachel Carlson, CEO and co-founder of Guild Education.

PowerU will offer career programs through learning providers including Brandman University, Colorado State University College of Business, eCornell, Johnson & Wales University, Oregon State University, Penn Foster, University of Arizona, Voxy EnGen, Wilmington University and others. The electrician training program was designed in conjunction with Penn Foster and Guild.

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