Unique project aims to increase minority participation in solar & energy efficiency workforce
March 21, 2017 – Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University, with support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, is expanding its workforce development training to include Clean Energy Opportunity Diversity Scholarships for historically underrepresented applicants in eastern North Carolina. In cooperation with the Center for Energy Education, Halifax and Martin Community Colleges, the NCCETC will offer two week-long trainings in Halifax County for professional certification pathways in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. “We are pleased to offer 14 scholarships for eligible students to gain qualifications to help increase energy efficiency in homes and commercial buildings, and pursue employment in the solar energy arena,” stated NCCETC’s Executive Director, Steve Kalland. Through this project, NCCETC will aid in increasing diversity within the state’s clean energy sector. According to the Solar Foundation’s 2016 National Solar Jobs Census, African Americans represent only 6.6 percent of the solar workforce, the lowest of all groups. Further, North Carolina was ranked number two in the United States for the amount of installed solar energy, providing potential employment opportunity for scholarship recipients.