A new solar training program sees College of the Desert link up with solar giants First Solar to support local training for green jobs in the large utility-scale solar projects that are expected to come to Riverside County.
First Solar, a large manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels, is donating solar equipment, hands-on solar training and technical expertise COD’s Desert Region Renewable Energy Training Program at the Desert Energy Enterprise Center in Palm Springs.
Solar training has already got underway at the center with training for utility-scale solar power plant construction in anticipation of the many proposed solar projects in the Southern California desert.
The COD/First Solar training program is helping unemployed and underemployed newcomers to the industy train and become qualified in what will become a booming sector.
COD´s Larry McLaughlin said, “As the region’s utility-scale solar energy industry grows, generation companies and their contractors, as well as unions, will be searching for skilled workers who understand solar installation and maintenance requirements.”
Kim Oster from First Solar said that the collaboration is a great example of the firm's commitment on solar education and the empowering the local workforce.
With the potential to create 430 new jobs Oster said,"It will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.”
College of the Desert’s Desert Energy Enterprise Center, 3301 Micro Place, is just south of I-10, north of Gene Autry Trail.
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