Clean Energy Job Fair will be held at RE+ Conference next month
The solar industry is expected to grow exponentially with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which makes historic investments in solar energy. Some reports suggest: that the industry could employ more than a million Americans by 2030. According to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) National Solar Census 2021s, the U.S. solar industry already has 255,037 employees nationwide, up 9.2% from 2020.
GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit that builds community-driven solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy, has trained nearly 1,700 individuals in solar installations and placed more than 1,400 interns for jobs in the renewable energy sector. . Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), a national nonprofit focused on accelerating the transition to a sustainable and equitable future, offers a range of programmatic opportunities to recruit and retain a diverse workforce .
Diversifying the solar workforce with highly skilled workers is part of both GRID and WRISE’s missions and is critical to the continued growth and success of the renewable energy industry. That’s why GRID, WRISE, SEPA and SEIA sponsor the Job fair for clean energy on Wednesday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST, in conjunction with the 2022 RE+ Conference in Anaheim, California. The job fair is free to all job seekers and will provide a dedicated space for job seekers and clean energy companies to interact. This is a national event, with registration open to all employers seeking personnel in the United States, but there will be a strong emphasis on the Southern California solar job market.
“GRID is proud to be a partner at this event,” said Adewale Ogunbadejo, GRID Vice President, Workforce Development. “Increasing the clean energy workforce in a way that appeals to equality is incredibly important as we build renewable energy solutions for the communities we serve. This job fair offers both employers and job seekers the chance to learn, connect and engage with career opportunities as the industry works to expand and strengthen its workforce and our local economies.”
“To tackle the climate crisis, it is critical that we build a diverse and equitable workforce. We need every voice at the table and every skill in the field to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities ahead,” said Kristen Graf, WRISE Executive Director. “Supporting events such as the Clean Energy Job Fair to connect employers with qualified candidates is a unique and timely opportunity.It is also important to continue recruiting individuals to the industry with opportunities, such as the Rising Solar Fellowship, which offers aspiring solar professionals from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to develop a to pursue a career in renewable energy.”
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