Earth Techling – A new program is taking former American soldiers and training them in the fight for clean energy. The Solar for Soldiers program, launched earlier this month, helps train and employ American veterans in clean energy installation.
The first solar installation built through the Solar for Soldiers program was at Flannagan’s Dublin, a restaurant and bar in Columbus, Ohio. It’s estimate that the establishment’s new solar installation will save $238,260 on utility bills over the next 25 years. Tipping Point Renewable Energy runs the Solar for Soldiers program and is currently looking to hire additional veterans.
Solar for Soldiers, Flannagan’s Dublin solar installation
The program was launched as a way to ensure men and women returning from military service have jobs in a growing field. The unemployment rate for veterans between the ages of 20 and 24 is at 27 percent, according to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who helped create the program.