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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    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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