Class is in!

We are the onramp to the Green Collar Economy for inner-city Philadelphians.

COVID-19 Update all classes are being hosted online at this time.

OIC - Solar Instruction Studio

No scheduled dates.

ECA - Solar Training Lab

No scheduled dates.

Bright Solar Futures

No scheduled dates.

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.

map of program graduates currently working at Solar States

(shows the neighborhood where they grew up)

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, 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).

How we hire at Solar States

A Black Man's Path in Solar

Cleo Anukam was born and raised in Philadelphia and came to Solar States through the PowerCorps and Bright Solar Future Programs. This episode is for anybody considering a career in solar or clean energy, regardless of your background. Cleo is an African American and was told in early trade education programs that, because of his color, a job in the trades would be difficult. He perceived jobs in solar as “white-dominated, something I couldn’t really achieve.” But through the PowerCorps and Bright Solar Future programs, Cleo learned that he could thrive in solar, and found a home at Solar States. He ends with a few tips for anybody considering a similar path.

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