#SolarVets To Get An Extra Week of Solar Training

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Ambassador Energy’s training statistics are showing that, with a little more time in the classroom, transitioning military service members and veterans are having more success learning about solar photovoltaics and passing one of the nation’s most important solar-industry exams.

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if we do our job right, they come out of it with amazing opportunities for jobs in solar

For this reason, Ambassador Energy [AE], who is the training provider for The Veteran Asset [TVA], a non-profit 501c3, whose mission is recruiting, facilitating training and placing veterans, is restructuring its class for veterans and transitioning service members. The new, longer class will offer more time, labs, and student/trainer interface. Beginning November 2015, the class for veterans will go from two to three weeks, with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners [NABCEP] EL Exam proctored, as well as the construction of a complete solar PV system.

“I have been the lead trainer here at AE for many years,” said Catherine Kelso, Director of Training for Ambassador Energy. “We have taught one-day classes, two-week courses and everything in between. For years, we have gathered data on the different classes and student skill sets. Upon analysis, it is clear that when students are offered more time, they test more successfully. We believe, though, that there may be a diminishing point of return on time, and are looking for the sweet spot. We want to ‘right-size’ the class, so that the veterans and transitioning folks get the best possible experience, within a reasonable amount of time. If we do our job right, they come out of it with amazing opportunities for jobs in solar.”

The three-week solar course will continue to be entitled Ambassador Energy’s Entry Level PV Design & Installation. Students learn how solar photovoltaic [PV] systems operate, as well as, basic system design and safety practices. The course covers basic electrical terminology, PV system components, solar fundamentals, sun path, basic system design, string sizing, site evaluation, shade analysis, system sizing, overcurrent protection basics, grounding basics, electrical and mechanical design considerations and OSHA safety standards.

Upon graduation, TVA goes to work assisting the veteran graduates in finding job placement with local, regional and national solar companies. TVA also tracks their progress, collecting and measuring data for this newly emerging population of employees, who served in the U.S. military and are now seeking employment.

About Ambassador Energy (AE)                                                            
IREC-accredited training provider with staff certified as NABCEP PV Installers and NABCEP PV Technical Sales.* CSLB #928112: General Contractor B, C10 Electrician and C46 Renewable Energy, providing design and installation of solar PV and solar training throughout the U.S. *fulgham/kelso

About The Veteran Asset (TVA)
Tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization, whose mission is to recruit, train and place U.S. military veterans into meaningful careers within the renewable energy sector.

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