Workforce Development Analysis
The Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center's (CEMAC's) workforce development analysis is geared toward specific workforce skills, training, and experience that will enable continued large-scale deployment of clean energy technologies.
CEMAC's workforce analyses show that:
- The greatest near-term solar and wind workforce needs include technicians and tradespeople with hands-on solar- and wind-specific experience; experienced electrical, mechanical, and solar engineers; and project managers.
- Standardized education and training at all levels—primary school through post-graduate, as well as industry-based training and certification and apprenticeships—is required to develop a skilled workforce to support the future expansion of wind and solar industries.
Workforce Development Analysis Highlights: Solar Photovoltaic Installation Labor Market Analysis
In Solar Installation Labor Market Analysis, researchers identified potential national and regional workforce needs and preferences specific to solar photovoltaic system installation:
- Experience with customer service, construction, and electrical projects
- One-half of surveyed firms reported difficulties in finding qualified entry-level candidates with appropriate training and education.
- 59% of firms reported significant difficulty finding qualified applicants with adequate skills and work experience.