There’s no debate about it — 110% of hippies love solar power. (Okay, that
may be is definitely incorrect.) However, it’s certainly true that most hippies love solar power… as ~90% of all people support the idea of solar power. If you’re human and have a brain (i.e., you are human and alive), there’s a pretty dern good chance you love solar power. If you’re reading this site (Solar Love!), you better love solar power. Otherwise, get out of here!
Anyhow, why did I bring hippies into this? Because of the old, angry comment anti-hippies like to make: “Get a job!” The fact is, solar power’s growth is providing a ton of jobs to hippies and non-hippies alike. We’re approaching (or have probably now passed) 150,000 solar jobs in the US!
Solar power isn’t just big in the “green” sector. It’s big everywhere. Walmart is installing a ton of solar power. Costco is installing a ton of solar. IKEA, Apple, Walgreens, Target, Johnson & Johnson, Kohl’s, Campbell’s Soup, and many others are installing a ton of solar power. Many large sports franchises are installing solar power. Solar power is big business, and that also means it provides a lot of jobs.
So, how do you get into the solar industry? It’s a good question, and if it weren’t for the Ecotech Institute kindly sponsoring this article, I wouldn’t have a good answer for you. It has an ebook about solar jobs (it’s a free ebook, btw), and it actually offers courses in various renewable energy technologies, including a solar energy degree.
I’m not sure how many “solar energy schools” are out there, but Ecotech Institute is apparently a “first and only” in some respects.
“Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in the rapidly-growing fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” its website states. “Ecotech Institute offers associate’s degrees in Solar Energy Technology, Wind Energy Technology, Residential Energy Management and other programs for green jobs. Students receive practical, hands-on training designed to meet the demands of clean energy and energy efficiency employers. Ecotech Institute students come from across the country.”
That’s impressive. And I remember writing about Ecotech Institute years ago, so it certainly isn’t a new kid on the block and I imagine it really knows what it’s doing and how to serve its students by now.
If you’re interested in getting a job in the solar industry or in any renewable energy industry, I’d genuinely recommend reading Ecotech Institute’s solar career ebook and possibly its wind career ebook as well.
As noted above, this article was generously sponsored by Ecotech Institute. Thanks, Ecotech!