“The last presidential election campaign centered on the economy and change,” the spokesperson told us. “Renewable energy was a topic during debates but not the focus of any campaign platforms. This year, it’s going to take center stage. Each candidate will need to have a proposed solution to implement solar energy and wind as primary power supplies and an answer for combating Chinese dominance in the renewable energy market. The problem has grown to a point where it can no longer be ignored.”
Immediately following the 2008 election, the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided millions of dollars in funding and subsidies for renewable energy growth. That money turned into jobs, over 100,000 in the solar energy sector alone last year. SEI feels that the attention the industry will receive during the campaign months will create a higher demand for education in solar, wind, and hydro, the three main contenders for energy dominance in the next decade.
“Elections have a way of bringing the issues that are important into the spotlight,” our spokesperson told us. “As long as solar energy is a “back burner” subject, it can be ignored by the politicians. Right now they’re debating a 100% tariff on Chinese solar panels just to make American companies competitive. That is a huge issue, one that will need to be addressed by the next president, so we can expect to see an increase in solar energy jobs. Sign up for your education now so you’ll be ready.”
Solar Energy International is dedicated to educating current and future populations about renewable energy in all its forms. They offer courses in solar energy certification, installation and sales, along with a number of courses for wind energy, hydro power, and the administrative skills needed to work in those industries. For more information on SEI and its online education series see their website at http://www.solarenergy.org.