Media Roundup: Veterans in Solar Report

In February 2014, Operation Free and The Solar Foundation released a joint report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future, which focused on veterans employed in the solar industry.

Check out the featured news stories on the report:

Clean Technica: New Report Highlights Growth in Solar Jobs for Veterans

Fresh off the news that President Obama is making noises about withdrawing all US troops from Afghanistan, the organizations Operation Free and The Solar Foundation have released a first-of-its-kind report that offers returning veterans the prospect of civilian employment in the US solar industry. In a nutshell, the new report demonstrates that veterans are employed in the solar industry at higher than average rates.

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Solar Power World: Operation Free & The Solar Foundation Launch Report on Veterans in Solar Industry

Today, Operation Free and The Solar Foundation released a joint report on veterans working in the American solar industry. The first-of-its-kind report shows that veterans are employed within the solar industry at higher-than-average rates offering career opportunities to a group that has faced extraordinarily high unemployment. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), White House officials, and veterans working in the solar industry join Operation Free and The Solar Foundation at a launch event in support of the new report.

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Politico Morning Energy

SOLAR INDUSTRY HAS HIGHER RATIO OF VETERANS THAN OVERALL WORKFORCE — REPORT: A little more than 9 percent of the U.S. solar workforce, or 12,192 people, are veterans, a higher ratio than the 7.6 percent of overall workforce, according to a report out today from Operation Free and the Solar Foundation. The two biggest sectors for those solar veterans and installation (39 percent) and manufacturing (27 percent), and the mean hourly wage is $21.44. The military provides extensive technical training and leadership experience, making veterans “ideal candidates for employment in the rapidly growing solar industry,” the report says. “However, there are currently few resources available to help these individuals successfully transition from the military into solar.”

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LEED Points: Study Surveys Veterans’ Powerful Presence in U.S. Solar Energy Industry

For the first time, a report has gauged the contributions of veterans in the U.S. solar industry.

According to Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future, released today by Operation Free and The Solar Foundation, 9.3 percent of the workers in the nation’s solar sector are veterans. That’s good for 13,192 employees who happen to be veterans of U.S. armed forces. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans comprise nearly 8 percent of the nation’s entire workforce.

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Market Watch: Solar Employs Higher Rate of Veterans Than Other Industries

The solar industry employs veterans at a higher-than-average rate, according to a report by a veterans coalition and a solar industry trade group released Wednesday.

Veterans make up 9% of all solar workers at a time when 16% of veterans 18 years old to 24 years old are unemployed, Operation Free and The Solar Foundation said in the report released Wednesday. That compares to an overall unemployment rate of 6% and an unemployment rate of 11% for non-veterans in the same age group. Veterans are 7.6% of the overall workforce.

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White House Council on Environmental Quality: How Our Veterans Are Securing Our Energy Future

Like many of my fellow veterans, I first began to understand the issue of energy security while serving on the battlefield in Iraq.  Each night, after local workers left our base, we needed to move our fuel trucks because the location where those trucks had been would become a mortar target at night.  Over the past several years, the military has made incredible strides to address energy security on the battlefield.  They have learned that being energy efficient and having resilient power supplies not only saves money, but saves lives.

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Sustainable Business: Veterans Want Solar Jobs

Almost 10% of the people that work in America’s solar industry are veterans, 13,192 employees.

In fact, at 9.2% of solar employees, veterans are over-represented in the solar industry – they make up about 8% of the US workforce.

That’s according to Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future, produced by the Veterans’ clean energy group Operation Free and The Solar Foundation.

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Clean Edison: How the Military Is (Indirectly) Fueling The Solar Industry 

If ever there was a champion of efficiency, the military would be it. Energy efficiency is no exception to this generalization. As The Solar Foundation (TSF) and Operation Free tell us in a recent Veterans in Solar report, the U.S. military has scaled up its use of distributed renewable energy technologies, at home and in combat zones, to strengthen energy security and improve operational costs and capabilities.

Always occupying a certain crest on the waves of technological innovation, the American military has made efforts toward energy independence, bolstered by a Department of Defense (DoD) mandate to use renewable power for 25% of total facility energy consumption by 2025. Bases across the United States have already installed over a 130-megawatt capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. It is a strategic move in an effort to mitigate risk and make our military less vulnerable, but it has a seamless side-effect: job-ready veterans.

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Domestic Fuel: Veterans Move into Solar Industry Jobs

According to a new report released jointly from Operation Free and The Solar Foundation,veterans are employed within the solar industry at higher than average rates. The report finds that for a group facing high unemployment, the solar industry is one of the best industries for jobs.

The report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future, highlights the contributions of veterans to the solar industry, using data derived from The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census 2013. The findings show that America’s solar industry has grown by 500 percent since 2008, providing more than 13,000 veterans with job opportunities as of November 2013. Veterans represent nearly 10 percent of all solar workers at a time when more than 15 percent of veterans aged 18-24 are currently unemployed. The report also discovered that the growth in the industry is continuing with nearly 62 percent of solar companies that employ veterans plan to add more solar workers within the next 12 months.

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Solar Industry: Military Veterans Finding A Friendly Welcome In The U.S. Solar Sector

Solar companies are hiring military veterans at a higher rate than other U.S. employers. That’s according to a new report from Operation Free and The Solar Foundation (TSF). The report, “Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future,” highlights findings from TSF’s National Solar Jobs Census 2013 relating to employment of veterans in solar work.

As of November 2013, the U.S solar sector employed 13,192 veterans of the U.S. armed forces, the report says. That figure represents 9.2% of the 142,698 solar workers in the U.S. Among U.S. companies overall, only 7.6% of all workers are military veterans.

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