By Kathleen Zipp
Originally published on Solar Power World
One week per month, The Veteran Asset (TVA) offers scholarships to qualified U.S. military veterans, sending them through a rigorous five-day solar photovoltaic training course, followed by placement efforts and assistance in launching their solar careers.
TVA is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization, whose mission is helping U.S. military veterans (Active/Guard & Reserve), obtain careers in the renewable energy sector. TVA recruits, facilitates top-notch Solar PV training and ultimately provides placement services – at no cost to the veteran.
“TVA is establishing the highest quality benchmark in the industry ,” said Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Marine Corp (Retired) Scott Duncan, who is co-founder and CEO of The Veteran Asset, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is recruiting, training and placing veterans into the renewable energy sector, at no cost to the veterans.
“We are hand-selecting veterans and transitioning military candidates, screening and qualifying them for TVA scholarships,” Duncan continued. “This very solar-specific recruiting and training process makes TVA graduates extremely valuable to the solar community. Effort on the front end assures high-quality graduates. By vetting out the right candidates, we insure that the end result is a skilled, solar-trained workforce, which is already proving to make a tremendous difference to the solar companies that hire them and to the industry in general.”
The hand-selected veteran recruits are provided a 32-hour course, entitled Entry Level Solar PV Design and Installation, offered in the Ambassador Energy College training facility in Murrieta, CA. On the final day of the course, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam is proctored.
The TVA formula appears to be working, as the majority of those who have graduated the program since May 2014 have found gainful employment within the solar industry.
Dates for upcoming courses include October 20 – 24 and November 17 – 21, 2014. Interested candidates should visit The Veteran Asset’s website, where they may obtain course details and apply for an interview by TVA staff.
About the Entry Level Solar PV Design Course
The 5-day Entry Level PV Design and Installation course includes:
• 32 hours of live instruction
• Lesson reviews
• Multiple Quizzes (over 200 practice questions)
• NABCEP Entry Level Exam, administered on the last day of class
AE is comprised of Ambassador Energy College Solar Training, the Ambassador Energy Agency Program and the installation arms, Ambassador Energy and Ambassador Solar. On staff are NABCEP Certified PV Installers, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales professionals [Fulgham/Kelso] and multiple NABCEP EL graduates. AE holds California licenses General Contractor B, C10 Electrician and C46 Renewable Energy. Ambassador Energy is IREC/ISPQ accredited. AE Agencies are nationwide. Ambassador Energy installs residential and commercial PV systems throughout California and the US.