The U.S. solar industry is facing a shortfall in funding for solar worker training over the next four years of close to $70 million, suggests Doug Payne, the outgoing executive director of the SolarTech Workforce Innovations Collaborative (SWIC), based in San Jose. “We anticipate that there will be less and less federal and state funds available for solar job training, so there needs to be recognition in the industry that new business models for solar training need to emerge,” he says.
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