The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently selected US Solar Institute (USSI) to help train its service members to safely install PV technology. As the country’s first dedicated, licensed photovoltaic college to receive this distinction, USSI will play an important role in the post-service career training that has become a staple feature of the GI Bill.
Since 1944, the GI Bill and subsequent legislation have helped train millions of men and women in uniform, often providing professional education in cutting-edge industries. With solar energy becoming an increasingly vital component of homeland security and national energy independence, it made sense to add PV installation training to traditional standbys like IT, medicine, and engineering.
Although US Solar Institute is the first dedicated solar PV college to be tapped as an official training partner of Veterans Affairs, this is only the most recent in a long list of solar announcements from the Armed Forces.
Recent solar panel installations at Fort Bliss, Edwards Air Force Base, Detroit Arsenal, and Fort Hood represent the military’s growing commitment to greener and cleaner technologies. In addition, US Army soldiers deployed for Afghanistan have now begun receiving specialized training for solar-powered generators to be used in the field.
When you add in solar PV installation training programs like USSI, it becomes clear that the Department of Defense is committed to meeting its target of 25% renewable energy by 2025.
Comments Ray Johnson, lead instructor and President of USSI, “25% is ambitious but very achievable.” He adds, “We’re honored that our solar courses mean more energy security for the country and more job opportunities for the men and women who protect it.”
Although USSI has become an official Veterans Affairs partner, it also provides solar PV training to active duty personnel and civilians as well. For a complete list of training courses, visit www.ussolarinstitute.com.
About US Solar Institute
US Solar Institute is licensed by the Florida Department of Education to offer PV diplomas, the Florida Department of Businesses and Professional Regulation, and the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board as a continuing education provider. US Solar Institute is also a partner of Underwriter Laboratories and a NABCEP PV Exam Provider.
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