Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine, US is seeking a full-time solar training instructor as it prepares to launch an solar energy training program funded by a $3.3million grant through the federal government.
The college is offering specialized solar training in the rapidly growing solar installation business to people across the Northeast. It’s part of a “Solar Instructor Training Network” established by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dana Doran, director of energy programs at KVCC said, “It’s a new position, entirely federally-funded. There isn’t a position like this at any community college or four-year baccalaureate in Maine.”
“Utilizing the sun to create heat for hot water, space heating, and air conditioning is essential to reducing our carbon footprint and our reliance on fossil fuels. However, to make sure this vision becomes reality, it is essential that this technology is installed properly and cost-effectively. Thus, it is critical that technicians are trained properly on the most up-to-date technology and installation methods.”
The college is one of nine regional training providers in the U.S. selected by the Department of Energy. College officials said KVCC has been incorporating renewable energy education into its electrical technology program since 1995. This extra funding will enable the college to extend the quality of its solar training program.
Qualified instructors will be sent to colleges, technical high schools, and other sites to teach the latest solar installation techniques to students who will then train other students in their communities enabling people to gain the necessary skills to profit in this growing industry.
The main aim of this solar training initiative is to increase the availability of solar installation in Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.