The Solar Workforce Development + Education Program is located at the Millvale Food + Energy Hub, and includes a variety of learning and training programs. The Hub’s state-of-the art 26 kwH microgrid, coupled with an advanced power control system for the building, building automation, and educational dashboard, serves as a learning tool for a wide range of abilities, age ranges, and interests from the casual to highly technical.
The facility offers opportunities for students, adults, and industry professionals to examine the emerging role of clean, renewable energy in promoting sustainability and reducing the damage caused to our environment and health by energy generation.
The Solar Energy Workforce Program consists of:
- Solar Energy Workforce training, certification, and on-the-job apprenticeships to prepare small, local electrical contractors and others for entry into the growing clean energy industry
- Teen Solar Fellowship introduces students to the technical skills, career experiences, and valuable connections that can help them to succeed in the installation industry or as a stepping stone to higher education.
- Community Engagement + Education through microgrid equipment demonstration and interactive dashboard for teens, adults, and industry professionals
The project is spearheaded by New Sun Rising and Moose MODE Inc, in partnership with the Triboro Ecodistrict and Millvale Ecodistrict Collaborative. Funding provided by the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. System contractors include: EIS Solar, Steel City Energy Conservation, Sigma Luminous, and GRID Institute at University of Pittsburgh.