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In fact, The Solar Foundation® 2015 annual Census report states that across the country, Solar employers report increasing difficulty in finding qualified workers as compared to previous Census reports, though it is not yet at a critical level. Nearly one in four solar employers report that they have no difficulty finding the employee they need, but about one in five report that it is very difficult to find qualified employees.
Over the next 12 months, solar companies expect to add a total of 30,000 new solar workers, representing 14.7% employment growth over 2015. This increase is 13 times the projected 1.1% increase in employment in the overall U.S. economy over the same period. The solar economy is local. Eight in 10 solar installation firms report their customers are located within the state, while project developers responded that nearly 65% of their customers are “in-state”. More than half of all installer firms have 10 or fewer employees. Employers in the installation sector hired an overage of 8.85 workers per firm. Utah is no exception, with over 70 solar companies located throughout the state.
More can be found in the full report, which can be downloaded free at www.tsfcensus.org
There are three courses that comprise our Photovoltaic Systems Certificate offerings. The first course is Electrical Principles for Alternative Energy. This provides a solid introduction to electricity and the relevant National Electrical Codes applicable to solar installations. It is designed for individuals without a solid background in electricity and electrical theory. It is followed by the Basic PV Systems and then Advanced PV Systems courses.