Jobs in the rapidly growing solar energy field are the subject of a workshop tonight hosted by U.S. Rep. Gabrille Giffords‘ office. The Solar 101 workshop is part of a continuing education series on solar energy and will focus on solar training opportunities and the skills that are needed to work in the solar industry.
WHAT: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office hosts Solar 101 workshop on jobs in the solar industry
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011
WHERE: Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave., Amethyst Room
From the news release:
The office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is holding a workshop to discuss jobs in the rapidly growing solar energy field.
“Solar is one of the fastest growing segments of the American job market,” said Pia Carusone, chief of staff to Giffords. “With many people still looking for work, we want to make sure they know about the opportunities in the solar industry.”
On Monday, Giffords’ office will hold its 49th Solar 101, a continuing community education series on solar energy. This workshop will focus on solar training opportunities and the skills that are needed to work in the solar industry.
Speakers will be:
• Tom Alston, solar outreach and policy coordinator for Giffords’ office, who will give an overview of solar technology and incentives.
• Dr. Chien-Wei Han, an instructor at Pima Community College, who will talk about solar training.
• Karen King, training director of the Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program, who will discuss electrical training opportunities. King also is a member of the Arizona Apprenticeship Advisory Committee and past president and current treasurer of the Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association.
• Molly Gilbert, deputy director of the office of University Research Parks at the University of Arizona who will talk about solar-related education and an overview of activities at the UA research park.
Monday’s event is free and open to the public but anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by contacting RSVPsolar@mail.house.gov or 520-881-3588.
There now are 100,237 jobs in the American solar industry, according to The Solar Foundation. The foundation found that between August 2010 and August 2011, employment in the solar industry grew by 6.8 percent, far outpacing the 0.7 percent job growth rate of the overall U.S. economy.
According to figures compiled by the solar census researchers from an Economic Modeling Specialists database, jobs in the fossil fuel electricity-generation sector dropped by more than 1,600 over the last year. Meanwhile, the solar industry added more than 6,700 jobs.
Giffords, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, is one of the most passionate supporters of solar energy in Congress. She played a key role in obtaining a $1.45 billion federal loan guarantee that enabled construction of Arizona’s largest solar power-generation plant near Gila Bend. She also had solar panels installed on her home in Tucson.