ImagineSolar’s Michael Kuhn Addresses Austin’s Solar Workforce Value
Austin, TX – Michael Kuhn, President, CEO and Chief Learning Officer at ImagineSolar is speaking at the Solar Austin Press Conference this Tuesday, February 14th where surprising information on local solar jobs will be discussed. At issue are solar job projections, where solar jobs and investment capital are headed if Austin maintains current plans to phase out local rooftop solar programs, and how this plan destroys the opportunity to create thousands of additional jobs. The press conference is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at ImagineSolar’s training center, 4000 Caven Road, Austin, Texas 78744.
At the press conference a report will be released that outlines how early programs made Austin a hub for the solar industry, currently resulting in $10 in local solar company payroll for every $1 invested in Austin Energy solar incentives. “Developing an educated workforce is a strong foundation for growing the solar energy industry in Austin and supports the pathway to the smart grid of tomorrow. It benefits local economies, increases jobs, helps preserve air quality and provides affordable energy for generations to come,” said Kuhn.
Solar industry representatives say current proposals may cost Austin Energy customers the electric price stability, economic development and environmental benefits of rooftop solar. Furthermore, these proposals could starve the robust solar industry which has been created in Austin and is saving the utility and their customers’ money. Few people have a sense of just how big the local solar industry is, and how big it would become with larger goals.
In addition to Michael Kuhn, press conference speakers include:
Solar facilities within a half-mile of the press conference will host open houses and photo ops to demonstrate Austin’s solar workforce presently thriving at work. Open Houses include:
- ImagineSolar Training Center, 4000 Caven Road, Austin 78744
- Meridian Solar, 4109 Todd Ln #900 Austin, TX 78744
- Heliovolt Corporation, 6301 East Stassney Lane Austin, TX 78744
ImagineSolar offers solar and smart grid training courses that provide the latest NEC code compliant technology. ImagineSolar is an IREC ISPQ Accredited Continuing Education Provider, a guarantee of high-quality training. ImagineSolar courses provide a fast track to prepare participants for NABCEP certification. Their training programs accelerate the transformation of the clean, smart and renewable energy industries through knowledge. ImagineSolar’s national reach includes live hands-on workshops, business advising on solar energy projects, and employee training programs. They offer training online, onsite and online LIVE. For their 2012 course schedule and other information, visit imaginesolar.com or call (888) 514-1972.