Gov. Ted Strickland announced a major new solar training drive in the US State of Ohio.
44 counties are up for consideration for a new $6 million “green job” training program that will include solar training classes.
The announcement came as Strickland prepared to sign Senate Bill 232, that eliminates property taxes for renewable energy projects such as wind farms and solar panels.
“Our plan to create Ohio jobs includes both supporting growing industries like advanced energy and helping Ohioans get the skills and education they need to secure employment in those industries,” Strickland said.
This is great news for a State hit hard by the recession and the restructuring of the auto industry. Green jobs are the future and the Energizing Careers Program, paid for by the federal stimulus program through a Labor Department grant, will reimburse the cost of training up to $6,000 for full-time employees making solar training accessible to all.
There is a shortage of qualified solar technicians so it is a great industry to get involved in.
The State will run the training program to help companies that manufacture components for wind, solar and biomass industries.
Companies that have workers that need solar training or who employ veterans, women, minorities and Appalachian residents are strongly urged to apply.
Information is available at www.ohioworkforceboard.org. The deadline for companies to submit project summaries and their proposals on the recovery.ohio.gov/opportunities/state/ website is 4 p.m. on July 30.