Solar Works DC Testimonials

Preparing District Residents for Solar Careers

Over the course of 12 weeks of Solar Works DC, DC residents gain skills through hands-on solar installation, reducing barriers to full-time employment in the solar industry. For many of our trainees, it’s a pathway to a life-long career. Watch and read the experiences of our Solar Works DC trainees. 

If you are interested, learn more about the program and apply here.

After Batrina was laid off, she decided to take a chance and learn something new with Solar Works DC. She was happily surprised to find she loved installing solar and working hands-on in the field. She is now a Workforce Training Supervisor at GRID, training the new Solar Works DC cohorts! 

In the past, Drew has worked a number of jobs, but is now excited to turn solar into a career. After graduating from the program, Drew got a job as a Solar Installer at New Columbia Solar. 

The summer version of Solar Works DC is run for six weeks throughout the summer through the Summer Youth Employment Program's Green Zone Environmental Program, for DC residents ages 18-24. 

Ayaz, a Solar Works DC trainee, poses in a hard hat and safety glasses
Trainee Ayaz

"GRID has honestly given us the tools we need to succeed in our job search moving forward. With all the interview preparation, all the resume and skill building, it’s been phenomenal. The first time I got on the roof I had next to no experience with any of this technology and now I honestly feel confident going forth and going for my career in the industry.”

Ayaz Porter, Ward 6 resident, Fall 2017 cohort graduate, Installer at SunRun

Abdul Aleem, Solar Works DC trainee, poses on a roof
Trainee Abdul-Aleem

"I liked the training and the safety lessons. Things of that nature really matter, because you should feel like you have that type of training before you get into the solar field because it’s important. And having the OSHA certification was helpful."

Abdul-Aleem Bilal, Ward 8 resident, Fall 2017 cohort graduate

Nijah, a Solar Works DC job trainee poses by a solar panel
Trainee Nijah

"My favorite part of the Solar Works DC program was it being hands-on learning. It’s just a better way of learning to me. You’re more engaged. Now that I’m at GRID, I’m looking forward to installing more, and being able to run a site by myself. Working at GRID makes me feel like I’m at home."

Nijah Johnson, Ward 8 resident, Spring 2018 cohort graduate, Installer at GRID

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