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Through Its Opportunity Build Solar Training Program, Rising Sun Provides Entry To Careers In the Solar Field

For over 25 years, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity has been empowering individuals to create environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. Today, Rising Sun is a leading green training, employment, and residential efficiency organization in Northern California. Wanting to build upon their success preparing people for sustainable careers, and with increased solar employment demand, Rising Sun developed the Opportunity Build Solar training program.

Through a grant from All Points North Foundation, Rising Sun’s Solar training program will enable case management and job placement for 20 low-income individuals. This 12-month program will allow entry into solar field careers.

The training will include experience installing solar photovoltaic systems on the homes of low-income residents in partnership with GRID Alternatives, but also will explore other potential job opportunities within the solar industry including design, sales, and permitting. Opportunity Build graduates receive certificates recognized by the solar industry.

All Opportunity Build Solar participants are low income and have experienced roadblocks to consistent employment. Through this program, Rising Sun offers these individuals a pathway out of poverty through a career that offers livable wages and good benefits, while building the clean energy future we need.

Rising Sun adheres to four key values which will all play a role in this project: 1) belief in human potential: when people realize their potential, they can make a difference in their communities, 2) belief that economic, environmental, and social opportunities should be accessible to everyone, 3) belief that resource conservation is a shared responsibility, 4) commitment to achieving tangible results through environmental and social impact.

For more information: www.risingsunopp.org

Two men in hard hats standing on a roof, installling solar panel hardward. One hispanic and one african american males, on a roof wearing hardhats. One man is waving and the other man is holding a drill. Both are wearing saftey harnesses and smiling. Three men of various ages and ethnicities on a roof wearing hard hats.

Photo credit: Rising Sun

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