In these challenging economic times, with seemingly thousands of unemployed or underemployed professionals available as candidates, you might think that renewable energy and clean tech leaders would be having a field day attracting and choosing leadership and professional candidates at will. But while many talented professionals from all walks of life are interested in landing a role in the clean tech industry, firms need to be sure that they select the right people for the job.

"Many more jobs will be created in the installation of solar energy than in manufacturing. Training is critical for an array of solar installers and tradesmen, which were abandoned by the housing industry. They will be put back to work and this absolutely includes professionals and executives." -- Rhone Resch, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association