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Workshop: Natural Allies: Training Other Professionals Who Impact the Solar Industry

May 22, 2014 2:30PM to 8:00PM PDT


Every solar installation involves professional designers, installers and laborers. But what about other industries and professionals who affect the success the overall life-cycle cost of a photovoltaic (PV) installation and its transaction value over time? These “allies” can include professionals such as: bankers; insurance brokers; real estate brokers and appraisers; building and electrical inspectors; zoning board members; state and local regulators; electric utility professionals and others.

This engaging workshop is an opportunity for SunShot to gather perspectives from stakeholders on critical questions about DOE’s role in supporting workforce education, interaction, tool development and training for natural ally professionals and solar-related professionals. This workshop will identify the solar ally professions, what they need in workforce training, how they learn and train their members, and whether DOE can provide tools and training that removes barriers and encourages solar development and support from the identified ally professions. The workshop will include participants with particular expertise in workforce development and training who will provide their insights. This short workshop is fully interactive, and will provide insights that build toward a potential FY15 workforce funding opportunity from SunShot.

Workshops will be held from 10:30am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch.