In July 2011, IMTI announcedapproval of their newly-created Solar PV Apprentice Training Program bythe State of Connecticut Department of Labor, The State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and the State of Connecticut Workforce Investment Boards. IMTI is one of the first institutions in Connecticut to offer a formal, apprenticeship program that qualifies course graduates the immediate ability to secure jobs in the solar PV industry. The program also includes NABCEP Entry Level Exam preparation and concludes with all graduates taking the industry certification exam.
“Upon completion of the 15 week training program,” Veronneau explained,“our graduates are job-ready for solar electric jobs. Nearly 80% of IMTI’s PV graduates are currently employed in the solar PV industry.IMTI Connecticut offers a program that teaches students how to install, replace, repair and maintain solar photovoltaic systems, plus the storage and distribution of the energy created. By partnering with Motech, we will offer intern positions for five IMTI students in the solar PV facility we will establish at the 179 Freight Street complex here in Waterbury. We will develop theFreight Street property as a Green Source of equipment and products to sell to solar building contractors as well as consumers. Our ambition will be to increase the number of employees from 5 in 2012 to 60 or 70 within 5 years in that distribution, retail sales, andeventually, manufacturing location.”
Marcel Veronneau founded IMTI, The Industrial Management & Training Institute, in 1986 in its current location at 233 Mill Street in Waterbury. With a branch technical school in the Con Edison Training Center in Long Island City in Queens, New York.IMTI successfully trains electricians, plumbers, electronic systems and HVAC technicians in current technologies and job skills. All IMTI programs are career-oriented with classroom curriculums plus hands-on industry skills training. All classes are limited to 20 students for optimal one-on-one training.
At 9:30 a.m. on November 19, Veronneau will introduce City of Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary to Mr. Charles Hung, president of Power Instruments Business Center at Motech Industries, Inc., and managing partners Amy Chen and Andrew Lai of aSolar Inc., who were responsible for connecting IMTI to Motech Industries, Inc. Immediately following the meeting with the mayor, the Motech group and IMTI representatives will meet with additional city executives, Connecticut-
Motech Industries, Inc. is dedicated to the research, development and manufacture of high quality solar products and services ranging from Photovoltaic (PV) cells, PV modules, PV inverters, to PV power systems. “As one of the largest manufacturers in the world,” stated Veronneau, “their sales are close to $1 billion per year. Initially we will import solar products from Motech Industries in Taiwan while we get our distribution capabilities and channels installed, and prepare for basic assembly productivity in the 179 Freight Street facility. From that initial phase, we will work to create more and more manufacturing and distribution of solar PV products throughout Connecticut, the northeastern United States, and eventually the entire nation.”
Motech Power Instrument Business Center defines the mission as, “To provide residential solar energy technology innovation and energy management with products and services that exceed customer expectations”
Managing partner at aSolar Inc., Andrew Lai, added, “We are looking to regional centers in the U.S. like Waterbury because we want to help bring manufacturing knowledge and know-how into local cites to promote local economies.” Lai met Veronneau two years ago in Queens, New York and Lai stated, “We share the same vision to create opportunities and jobs.” Veronneau added, “We created a partnership with Motech Industries because I am a firm believer if you can’t find someone to make it happen, then you have to take the opportunity to make it happen yourself. If you wait for someone else to do, it doesn’t happen. This partnership is all about making things happen to improve job opportunities in Connecticut in the solar PV industry.”
Veronneau continued, “The IMTI Solar Finance Division offers an affordable solar loan program for residential customers, and a third-party ownership solar program to qualified commercial and non-profit client. With a power purchase agreement (PPA), a commercial or non-profit client would pay little to nothing upfront, and then pay a fixed rate for the energy their panels produce. Clients would not have to buy costly solar panels and inverters, or pay for installation and permitting. Instead, a PPA would allow them to pay for only the electricityat a discounted rate the panels generate. It’s the easiest and most affordable way for business owners to upgrade to solar.”
To learn more about this new IMTI Energy Systems Sales & Training project and courses, call IMTI at 203-753-7910 for details, or visit www.IMTI.edu.