There’s a place for you in the solar industry.
Solar is on pace to employ 400,000 people in America by 2030. Solar employment needs more than 900,000 workers by 2035 to reach the nation's 100% clean electricity goal.
Solar Works DC is your ticket to a stable, rewarding career! Not only that, working in solar helps make our planet and our communities healthier.
What is the program?
The Solar Works DC program prepares District residents aged 18 and over for careers in solar and beyond. As a trainee, you’ll learn the basics of solar energy and photovoltaic (PV) systems from professionals at GRID Mid-Atlantic and around the industry. Then, you’ll hone your skills by doing real installations for District homeowners.
Along with hands-on training, the seven-week program will help you develop career skills (like interviewing and resume building) and earn CPR and OSHA certifications. You’ll also be prepped for earning a NABCEP PV Associate Credential. This certification won’t just show employers you’re ready for a job in solar—it’ll help you make more in the industry because you are more qualified.
Throughout the program, Solar Works DC will offer case management services to ensure your physical and mental needs are met. Finally, you’ll earn $16/hour during your time in the program.
When is the program?
Solar Works DC offers training for District residents over 18 years old in the spring and fall. Spring and fall cohorts last seven weeks.
During the summer, a six-week session is offered to District residents aged 18-24 through the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP).
What happens after the program?
After the program, GRID Mid-Atlantic will continue to provide support for up to six months to help you find a career in solar or beyond. We’ll help you hone your skills with boot camps and other events.
How do I apply?
Solar Works DC Testimonial
Lexi graduated from Solar Works DC in June 2023. Now with the skills gained from the program, she’s interested in building a career in the solar industry. Here's what she had to say about her experience as a Solar Works DC trainee: