Overview

To create opportunities for a new and diverse workforce, Approved Vendors must demonstrate that a minimum number of hours worked on Illinois Solar for All projects will be done by graduates from qualified job training programs. These include a number of programs initiated through the Future Energy Jobs Act, as well as other programs across the state that lead graduates to achieve “Qualified Persons” status under the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Part 461 rule.

Job training programs

Illinois Solar for All is committed to providing tools and resources that help accelerate solar workforce development in Illinois to qualified trainees, Approved Vendors and their installation subcontractors, and other workforce development stakeholders. This site will regularly expand content, including providing a list of all Illinois Solar for All Approved Vendors, solar installation contractors, and helpful information and links to qualified job training programs across the state. These resources will help connect qualified trainees and the firms hiring them.

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    ASPIRA’s Future Energy Jobs Act Training

    ASPIRA of Illinois provides training in the electrical trade to students 18 and older at the Antonia Pantoja High School. Students receive a nationally recognized certificate in electrical training that allows them to transfer their skills to the solar industry and compete for in-demand jobs.

    Contact:
    Javier Maisonet, Youth Program Director
    jmaisonet@aspirail.org

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    Austin People’s Action Center (APAC)

    The APAC Solar Program provides information and guidance needed to compete for a good paying entry level job in the Solar industry. Through the training, participants receive: Introduction to Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy and Advocacy, Introduction to Photovoltaics, Work Readiness Skills, Life Skills/CPR/First Aid, and OSHA 10.

    Contact:
    Tasha Wilkerson, Director of Work Force Development
    tashawilkerson5125@gmail.com
    773-261-6900 or 773-921-2121

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    Chatham Business Association Alternative Energy Training Program

    The Chatham Business Association’s Alternative Energy Training Program is designed to assist new and established firms including disadvantaged minority-and women-owned business enterprises (D/M/WBE), service disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) in business development plans for alternative energy related projects and procurement opportunities that will drive small business growth and job creation in the Chicagoland area.

    Lead Contact
    Melinda Kelly
    President
    melindakelly@cbaworks.org
    773.490.6484

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    Elevate Energy Clean Energy Jobs Accelerator Program

    Elevate Energy, in collaboration with community partners, trains individuals and contractor businesses for jobs and projects in solar. All of our training programs combine community-based workforce preparation with industry-focused energy training so individuals and contractors are prepared for solar work upon graduation.

    Please contact Lace Bolling, Project Manager, Workforce Development.

    Additional office locations:
    Marion: 102 E. DeYoung Street, Suite B, Marion, IL 62959

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    Hispanic American Construction Industry Association

    Founded in 1979, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) works to ensure the equitable participation of its members in the design, engineering, and construction industries, while also promoting the growth, quality of work, professionalism, and integrity of these individuals and businesses. The organization works to provide scholarships for Hispanic college students and training for contractors looking to increase their firm’s construction capacity. HACIA trains existing businesses to prepare them for future energy careers with a focus on design, engineering, renewables, and construction.

    Contact:
    Froilan Nunez, Project Manager
    fnunez@haciaworks.org
    773-677-4924

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    Illinois Central College Solar Pipeline Training Program

    Illinois Central College provides a nine-week immersion into the careers and opportunities that are available in the growing Illinois solar industry. In conjunction with two community partners, we offer four weeks of job readiness training and five weeks of technical, hands-on training. Participants are exposed to industry speakers, field trips and the latest in solar technology. At the conclusion of the program, graduates take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.

    Lead Contact
    Kyle Barber, Solar Instructor/Coordinator
    kylebbarber@gmail.com
    314-920-5412

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    National Latino Education Institute

    The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI), formerly the Spanish Coalition for Jobs, offers a broad array of accredited training programs in both the business and medical fields, specially designed to help participants gain employment after graduation. As a non-profit, the NLEI provides training and services at affordable rates without sacrificing the quality of training. The NLEI’s Solar Associate Program focuses on academic, technical, sales, and service as well as job readiness.

    Contact:
    Elvia Estrada
    eestrada@nlei.org
    773-247-0707 X264

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    OAI, Inc. LYTE Solar Training Program

    The LYTE Solar Training Program prepares participants for entry-level employment as a designer, installer, troubleshooter, and maintenance technician for solar-photovoltaic power systems. Curricula will include training in solar installation and solar site assessor, basic carpentry, hazardous waste handling and safety training, plus life skills, basic education (industry-related language and math, computer literacy, etc.), and professional development. Students have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications or licenses such as:

    Solar Installer, MREA PV Solar Site Assessor, OSHA 10-hr. Worker Safety/Fall Protection, Hazardous Waste handling, Forklift Operations, First Aid/CPR, Basic Carpentry

     

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    Safer Foundation

    Since 1972, Safer Foundation’s mission is to support the efforts of people facing barriers to employment, including those with arrest and conviction records, through a full spectrum of services and advocacy. Aiding these individuals assists them in their efforts to become productive members of the community. Safer Foundation recruits and screens returning citizens for grantee programs and provides soft skills and introduction to solar training.

    Contact:
    Lisa Brackett
    lisa.brackett@saferfoundation.org
    773-533-3093

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    Solar Energy Jobs Training Program Training Program, Chicago Urban League

    Solar Energy Jobs Training is a 220-hour training program which utilizes classroom training and hands-on lab activities to prepare participants for work in the solar industry. This certificate program establishes entry-level competency and appeals to employers in the renewable energy field. Coursework helps students work toward various industry credentials, including those through the North American Board of Energy Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

    Lead Contact
    Andrew J. Wells
    Director, Workforce Development
    awells@thechicagourbanleague.org
    (773) 624.8800

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    Solar Energy Jobs Training Program, Chicago Urban League

    Solar Energy Jobs Training is a 220-hour training program which utilizes classroom training and hands-on lab activities to prepare participants for work in the solar industry. This certificate program establishes entry-level competency and appeals to employers in the renewable energy field. Coursework helps students work toward various industry credentials, including those through the North American Board of Energy Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

    Lead Contact
    Andrew J. Wells
    Director, Workforce Development
    awells@thechicagourbanleague.org
    (773) 624.8800

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    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 (IBEW Local 134) has been in operation for over 115 years. IBEW Local 134 serves Cook County by operating Department of Labor-certified apprenticeship programs for a variety of areas in the electrical industry, such as electrical construction and electrical communication.

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