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Lab-Based & Hands-On Education programs designed to train the next generation

The on-ramp to the Green Collar Economy!

Why we educate

Solar is booming. Solar Panel Installer is expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations of this coming decade. Why? Because recent advancements in solar technology, paired with the pressing need for the U.S. and world to transition to renewable energy, have created lots of demand for new installations. Solar panel installers, crew leads, electricians and others in our industry will meet this demand.

 

But first we have to train them. Right now, there aren’t enough.

 

In this field as in so many others, education is growth. You advance by learning and mastering. Solar installers have to understand not only how the technology works and how to handle it, but how to collaborate with others, communicate well, and be a professional. Solar is a team sport. You’ll learn team skills, as well as individual.

 

We prepare inner-city Philadelphians and others in our region for careers in clean energy because we need you, and because it’s fun watching people grow and thrive in our backyard.

The latest: Frankford High School launched their Solar Lab with Solar States, Philadelphia Energy Authority, PECO, and others.

Available programs

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OIC - Solar Instruction Studio

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ECA - Solar Training Lab

No scheduled dates.

Bright Solar Futures

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The Curriculum

We’ve designed the “Find Your Power” curriculum to educate anyone interested in pursuing a career in solar. Our programs are made possible by educational partners, like the Philadelphia Energy Authority, so that students get a free education with hands-on experience. Our students enter with no previous exposure to the solar industry and graduate as qualified solar installers. A number of Find Your Power graduates now work for Solar States, and we’ve helped place many more in jobs elsewhere.

Recently, we’ve hosted programs at Ben Franklin High School, Youth Build Philly, and Bryn Mawr College. The programs range from 6-weeks, full-time, to a full year or part-time coursework. Application requirements vary. Contact us for specifics about individual programs.

In the past, students have taken jobs as a junior solar installer or in a solar permitting department immediately after graduation. We will help you with job placement.

Our Trainers

Courses are taught by our Chief Education Officer Spencer Wright and Solar States founder Micah Gold-Markel.

Our Partners

Solar States would like to thank PECO for generously funding our training programs with the Philadelphia OIC. We would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, PowerCorps PHL, Youth Build Philly, the ECA, the School District of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia OIC for assisting in creating dynamic solar learning environments. We would also like to thank the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Program grads turned Solar States employees

Marks show their current neighborhood and program they graduated from. Many of our longest-tenured employees came through these programs.

Marc's Story

Philadelphia OIC Graduate from Strawberry Mansion

Katrell's Story

YouthBuild PHL Graduate

Educational Partners

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