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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.