The Center for Energy Education is offering its second Solar Installation and OSHA Training class this fall for residents from Halifax and Edgecombe counties.
This course is made available to local residents through BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, based in Irvine, California.
BayWa r.e. is a global renewable energy developer, service supplier, wholesaler and energy solutions provider.
Globally, BayWa r.e. has brought more than 2.5 GW of energy online, while managing more than 7 GW of assets.
As part of their development efforts, BayWa r.e. is committed to leaving a positive impact on project communities through education and workforce training.
This class will allow participants to gain fundamental photovoltaics training and OSHA 10 certification — just in time for large-scale solar projects projected to start in the Fall of 2019.
“BayWa r.e. is delighted to support this important training program,” said Jam Attari, CEO of BayWa r.e. Solar Projects. “C4EE has been a great partner in advancing solar education and training in the communities that directly benefit from renewables investment. We are committed to delivering best-in-class projects that leave a positive footprint in the community, and provide a sustainable return on investment to key stakeholders and partners.”
The C4EE provided this training program to community members and graduated 97 students on April 8, 2018.
Students will have the option to attend classes at either Edgecombe Community College at 2009 West Wilson Street in Tarboro, or the Center for Energy Education at 460 Airport Road, Roanoke Rapids.
"We are happy to partner with the Center for Energy Education in providing this important training to the residents of our community,” said Gregory K. McLeod, president of Edgecombe Community College. “We are dedicated to helping to meet the workforce needs of our community and with the rapid growth of the solar industry, gaining the knowledge and skills to work in this field should prove to be valuable not only now but into the future."
Topics covered in the course will include solar education, solar photovoltaic modules, racking, mounting, electrical connections, use of small tools and hands-on installation. Additionally, students will participate in OSHA training which results in an OSHA 10 certification.
“Many solar companies are expressing difficulty in finding workers with relevant training and certifications,” said Mozine Lowe, executive director for C4EE. “Thanks to the generosity of BayWa r.e., we are able to offer this training for 100 students for another year.”
“The course is a win-win for everyone — the local communities who now have job opportunities for local residents; the students who now have a better skill set; and the solar industry who gains a highly-skilled local workforce,” said Georg Veit, C4EE board chairman.
Classes are projected run from Friday through November 24 with varying start dates.