Florida solar energy company Solar Energy Initiatives (SEI) is to open up a solar training school in South Carolina.
The Solar Training School will be developed by subsidiary Solar EOS in conjunction with Waccamaw’s Workforce Development, and will be designed to train prospective solar installers in theory and design as well as providing some practical hands-on experience.
Students will be offered an eight-week solar training course offering 200 hours of classroom learning and more than 30 hours of hands-on training, using current solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) equipment.
Ellen Leroy-Reed, President of Solar EOS, said the nearly 200 students will be taught during the next year.
Reed said: “Our students have the advantage of eight weeks of intense learning on both theory and application of solar strategies which allows them to be an effective member of an organization on Day One of employment.”
“It is our mission to Renew South Carolina by introducing highly trained and well qualified solar technicians to the state’s workforce. Then, South Carolina will be prepared for the new solar economy."
Denise Day, Waccamaw’s Workforce Development Administrator, said: “Waccamaw is pleased to have Solar EOS on board as an Eligible Solar Training Provider. Giving our clients’ access to solar training is a significant benefit which will allow them to successfully compete for higher-paying technical jobs. South Carolina will benefit, and our people will benefit, by training our workforce in green jobs and the solar industry.”