“There are endless possibilities with solar careers,” said Andrea Luecke with the Solar Foundation, “sales, finance, permitting, policy, web development, market research, project development, installation…..” The list goes on and on. Job fair attendees discovered this when they attended the Solar Focus Job Fair on November 17th, at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC.
GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic co-hosted the Solar Focus Job Fair with MDV-SEIA (the regional solar energy industries association), as part of their 2016 Solar Focus Conference. With 22 employers hiring, and over 300 job seekers in attendance, there were plenty of organizations for people to discover, and plenty of potential employees for these organizations to meet.
“It’s been very informative,” said Paula, a job fair attendee currently working in energy policy,
Since the solar industry is growing nearly 12 times faster than the rest of the US economy, there are always job openings, even for people just entering the industry. “We are always looking for jobs, like sales or installers,” said Lisa with Solar Energy Services, “I met this one individual who lives two miles from our office. He is interested in an installer job. We can train him, even with no previous experience, as long as he has a little mechanical savviness.” DC Sustainable Energy Utility was tabling, but not actively looking for employers. “We are passively looking. We are a business organization, and we have found people here who have business experience.”
“The job fair was a great success,” said Sienia Arku, Workforce Coordinator with GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. “We hope that people are hired as a direct result of the job fair. At the very least, we hope we provided people with a great opportunity to network and learn more about the solar industry.”
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