Everyday Energy Launches Green Jobs Initiative: Responding to the Need for Solar Energy Workers

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Everyday Energy, recently launched their Green Jobs Initiative.

This is a real example as to how the national push to encourage the deployment of renewable energy is creating new and sustainable jobs,” said Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy.

Everyday Energy (http://www.everydayenergy.us) recently launched their Green Jobs Initiative. The initiative was inspired by a successful hands-on solar training workshop offered in collaboration with YouthBuild and MAAC Project earlier this year and the need for qualified solar energy workers.

“As a company we encourage our employees to pursue additional training and education and often provide scholarships for them to do so. When given the opportunity to develop a training program in collaboration with one of our affordable housing clients it was a perfect fit. This program allows us to provide residents with employable skills plus we are able to train and recruit new employees to work for our company. This is a real example as to how the national push to encourage the deployment of renewable energy is creating new and sustainable jobs,” said Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy.

The Everyday Energy Green Jobs Initiative is made up of several training programs including PV101: Beginning Solar Installation. This course provides participants with the foundation and general knowledge needed to work as a Solar PV Installation Assistant and laborer and includes both classroom and hands-on training. The initiative also includes energy efficiency and energy conservation workshops and events that focus on teaching residents ways to reduce energy consumption and costs. To engage younger residents we also collaborate with the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) to bring their informative and interactive Green Learning Adventures to the children of the housing communities.

“In our most recent PV101 course participants had the opportunity to get hands-on experience working on a 470kW solar system which for many is where they live and is the largest Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing project to date in California. This course provided an excellent opportunity for participants to learn new skills and to be a part of something that is improving the lives of their family and of their neighbors. We are excited to be able to offer this type of service and support to our clients and their residents,” said Chris Taylor, President, Everyday Energy.

As of August 2011, just 20 months after starting their business, Everyday Energy has installed over 2.8 MW of solar PV and has created more than 50 green jobs since January 2010.

“We are so thankful to be successful in our first 20 months of business. We currently have projects scheduled for the next 10 months and expect to see significant growth in 2012. We are proud to be an example of how the government’s push for renewable energy is actually working and creating jobs,” said Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy.

To learn more about our Solar Installation and Energy Education Initiative please contact Chris Taylor at chris@everydayenergy.us.

Everyday Energy (http://www.everydayenergy.us)
Based in Oceanside, Calif., Everyday Energy specializes in photovoltaic solar and energy efficiency projects for the Multi-family Housing market and have or are in the process of installing 82% of the MASH projects in the San Diego Gas and Electric territory and many more projects in both the Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison areas. We are experts in financing, designing, and installing solar systems on multi-family and multi-tenant buildings through virtual net metering.

California Center for Sustainable Energy (http://www.energycenter.org)
The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that helps residents, businesses and public agencies save energy, reduce grid demand and generate their own power through a variety of rebate, technical assistance and education programs.

Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program
The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program is part of the California Solar Initiative (http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org) and provides solar rebates to offset the installation costs on qualifying multi-family affordable housing buildings.

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Everyday Energy's PV101 course participants ready to get to work.Participants in Everyday Energy's PV101 class working to install PV panels in San Diego, CA.Students participating in Everyday Energy's Green Jobs Initiative installed over 100 solar panels and gained valuable hands-on work experience.