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How SMUD provides training for people looking to work in the solar industry

California is looking to greatly expand renewable energy, but before it can do that, the industry needs to hire more people.That’s where this program comes in.”We’ve partnered to provide up to 100 people here in Sacramento the opportunity to learn the solar industry, and eventually get jobs,” said Lindsay Vanlaningham with SMUD.SMUD is teaming up with GRID Alternatives and training people looking for a career in the solar industry.”In our technical academy here, we are able to have our students get up on our mock roof, and actually install a solar array,” said Steve Geiger with GRID Alternatives. The program is a five-week classroom course, plus hands-on training in solar and battery storage installation.”They taught us how to use ladders. How to drill into drywall. Electricity is what we are working on today. On top of that, learn how to operate on top of roofs and everything. So this is the beginning of the program, but we have learned a lot of information so far,” said student Dariyn Choates.The training is free and the program offers a $200 stipend for completing the virtual course and an additional $800 for completing the hands-on training course.”The hope, in the end, is to have a job opportunity for solar or electricity,” Choates said.Twenty-five students have already graduated — almost half of whom have already landed jobs with a median salary of more than $21.50 an hour.The program is currently enrolling students for the spring semester.

California is looking to greatly expand renewable energy, but before it can do that, the industry needs to hire more people.

That’s where this program comes in.

“We’ve partnered to provide up to 100 people here in Sacramento the opportunity to learn the solar industry, and eventually get jobs,” said Lindsay Vanlaningham with SMUD.

SMUD is teaming up with GRID Alternatives and training people looking for a career in the solar industry.

“In our technical academy here, we are able to have our students get up on our mock roof, and actually install a solar array,” said Steve Geiger with GRID Alternatives.

The program is a five-week classroom course, plus hands-on training in solar and battery storage installation.

“They taught us how to use ladders. How to drill into drywall. Electricity is what we are working on today. On top of that, learn how to operate on top of roofs and everything. So this is the beginning of the program, but we have learned a lot of information so far,” said student Dariyn Choates.

The training is free and the program offers a $200 stipend for completing the virtual course and an additional $800 for completing the hands-on training course.

“The hope, in the end, is to have a job opportunity for solar or electricity,” Choates said.

Twenty-five students have already graduated — almost half of whom have already landed jobs with a median salary of more than $21.50 an hour.

The program is currently enrolling students for the spring semester.

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2021-04-28 22:03:00

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