The transition to a world powered by renewable energy is coming—the question is not if, but when. An equally important question is who is going to build and benefit from the transition to a clean energy future?
As a local leader in renewable energy, we are committed to supporting the growth of a diverse industry workforce to repower our regional grid with clean energy. With that goal in mind, SunCommon has partnered with two local organizations that provide clean energy apprenticeship programs to individuals interested in starting careers in the clean energy industry.
This Holiday Season, for every household that looks into solar, SunCommon will donate $30 to our local partners to support their clean energy training programs.
Are you ready to look into solar and grow more green jobs?
When you check out solar for your home or business between November 15th and December 31st, 2020, SunCommon will make a $30 donation on your behalf to our partners and their new green jobs training and apprenticeship programs. This will support everything from renting classroom space to providing tools for the new apprentices, and it will help dozens of individuals get the training they need to launch a career in this growing industry.
You check out solar. We help fund clean energy apprenticeships
Help us reach our goal of $10,000
About Our Partners
Citizens for Local Power (CLP) helps communities in the Mid-Hudson Region of New York State transition to a locally-based, clean energy economy. Combining research, education, advocacy, and project coordination, CLP is supporting the clean energy transformation to strengthen local economies, mitigate climate change impacts, and increase resilience. This clean energy apprenticeship prioritizes career advancement opportunities for woman, lower income and BIPOC individuals.
Adult Continuing Education (ACE) at Burlington Technical Center provides education opportunities for adults in the greater Burlington area and sometimes farther afield. ACE focuses on workforce development and career supports, supporting students’ professional goals. They fill workforce needs in industries such as Health Care, Construction, Education and now Solar Installation. The program consists of coursework for 7 months, followed by and 8 month paid apprenticeship.
Leaders within the clean energy industry predict that as energy policy catches up with science and public opinion, the deployment of clean energy will quickly accelerate. This massive transition will transform our lives and local job markets while creating opportunity for organizations and people alike around the world.
It’s actually already happening, and fast! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticsforecasts that two of America’s fastest-growing jobs through 2029 will be solar installers and wind technicians, with jobs in energy efficiency not far behind. These green jobs will pay wages that arehigher than the national average, and they are widely available to workers without college degrees, increasing their accessibility. Solar job growth is also expected to be the strongest in the clean energy industry, as the cost effectiveness of solar improves faster than other energy sources.
Given this upcoming economic expansion, businesses such as SunCommon have an opportunity — and, in fact, an obligation — to lead the way in making the clean energy industry a more equitable place by providing opportunities specifically for those who have so far been systemically excluded from it.
Historically, home solar power has been largely available to middle and upper class households — and therefore mostly to white people. This was in part due to the high cost of solar systems themselves, but also the structures of solar tax credits, incentives, and financing weredesigned for higher income households. In order to expand the accessibility of solar power, we must change these structures to be more accessible to lower income and communities of color. SunCommon is working with various industry and environmental justice coalitions in an effort to advance this work.
Along with individuals across the country, businesses and industry groups are acknowledging their roles in needed action to dismantle systemic racism. The energy industry in particular has a long way to go in addressing the disproportionately negative impact that fossil fuel extraction and power production has had on lower income and communities of color. The clean energy industry rightfully acknowledges that we also have work to do. While the U.S. clean energy industry has, for years, promised to bring more people of color and women into its ranks, it remains mostly white and mostly male.