The Issue

In February 2014,  Operation Free and The Solar Foundation®, released a joint report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future , which established the most complete understanding to date of veterans employment in the American solar industry.

Through this collaboration, we are able to see – with hard numbers – that veterans are huge assets to the clean energy economy. Veterans bring unparalleled technical skills and a relentless focus on accomplishing the mission. And they view their work in clean energy as a continuation of their service.

For this reason, veterans make ideal candidates for employment in the rapidly growing solar industry – which to continue expanding and strengthening our national security, will require access to a highly skilled workforce and recruitment of talented business leaders.

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While this report illustrates the enormous opportunities available in the solar industry, many veterans continue to face barriers to entry and a mismatch of certified skills between the military and civilian industries. Operation Free and The Solar Foundation® intend to further this commitment to finding real solutions and developing a streamlined skills-transfer process.

Join Operation Free and help us complete this vital research and education effort.

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