“We still offer onsite training and workshops in San Diego, Guemes Island, Washington, Austin, Texas, and Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica,” said a company spokesperson. “We have even scheduled a renewable energy and energy efficiency research delegation to Havana, Cuba early next year that our students are welcome to get involved in. The increase in online courses is in addition to all of that, not an attempt to outsource or replace any of our existing classes or services. We want those who come to us for solar training to have as many options as possible. The demand for solar professionals is increasing daily.”
There are currently 100,000 Americans employed in the solar energy industry. There are over five thousand companies employing those folks, with more opening every month. Despite recent closings and set-backs due to a lack of public funding for solar efforts, improvements in solar technology are expected to finally make it competitive with fossil fuels. Once that happens, the administration and teachers at Solar Energy International expect to see a dramatic increase in the number of jobs that will be available.
“Solar energy and renewable technology are the future of this planet,” said a company spokesperson. “The battle over subsidies and rebates continues, but the research and development continues. With completion of the online courses we can offer right now in solar electric design and installation, grid direct design and the NEC, battery based design, and solar energy business and technical skills; it is possible to get a job in the solar energy industry right now. Getting in on the ground floor at a time when the industry is due for a big expansion is one of the best things anyone can do for their financial future. We are offering that opportunity with online education.”
Solar Energy International was founded in 1991 and has been offering introductory and continuing education in renewable energy for over twenty years. Their vision, as stated in their Mission Statement is “focused on helping create a more sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants”