A new report by GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE), the Inland Empire/Desert Center of Excellence and the Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Transportation and Renewable Energy, downloadable here:
explains how the region is expected to add 675 solar energy related jobs in the next two years in spite of a 14% drop in solar jobs in California according to the Solar Foundation's report from February.
36 residential and commercial solar employers conducting business in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties participated in the study conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017. Although worries linger about solar tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration, 64% of participants in the study still anticipated employing new workers in the coming years.
Most common of the jobs projected will be photo voltaic installers, electricians, project managers, and sales. Most of which will be open to any applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent schooling. only 13% of the created jobs will require some kind of post secondary certification. Average reports say the medium earnings for the positions being around $22/hr.
GRID IE will use these findings to to better alignt heir training offerings with the needs of industry employers and make connections for job ready candidates in the comings months.
For more information about GRID IE and how they've made solar jobs accessible for 1,400 low income familes and helped thousands of homeowners save money on their electricity bills visit their website at https://gridalternatives.org/ie .