Five more military bases are to join Solar Ready Vets, a training initiative that will prepare service members leaving active duty for "careers in the solar industry", the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced.
In addition, the DOE said that it was awarding $10 million in funding to ten new solar projects via its Solar Training and Education for Professionals program.
"Jobs in the dynamic solar energy sector have grown more than 20 percent per year for the past several years," Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, deputy secretary, said in a statement.
Solar Ready Vets offers training to members of the military, giving them skills to install and connect solar energy systems to the grid. The program is enabled by the Department of Defense's SkillBridge initiative.
The new "training locations" will be Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Bragg, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Joint Base San Antonio, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii.