About Our Guest: Richard Lawrence
Richard is the Program Director at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council where he leads the National Solar Jobs Accelerator, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that connects military veterans and transitioning service members with training, certifications, apprenticeships, and jobs in the solar industry. He also supports the SolSmart program, which helps municipalities and counties open up solar markets; and the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) project, an industry initiative to streamline the permitting and inspection process for photovoltaic installations. Additionally, Richard co-chairs the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Quality Assurance Working Group, which creates best practices for the finance and installation of PV systems. Richard has worked for several nonprofit and academic institutions including Cape Cod Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS).
- 9 Million Good Jobs from Climate Action The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
- IREC Solar Career Map
0:20 – MREA’s history in solar workforce development
3:53 – Federal legislation impacting the energy workforce
7:11 – Scale of the workforce need
8:06 – Inflation Reduction Act’s impact on workforce needs
9:10 – Key provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act
12:42 – In demand career positions for the energy transition
16:00 – Inflation Reduction Act and labor provisions
18:50 – How to join an apprenticeship program
20:23 – Benefits of apprenticeships to employers
23:36 – Federal investment impact on solar certifications
26:00 – In demand occupations during the energy transition
28:00 – Considerations for project developers
30:30 – Occupations for meter connected solar
33:00 – Programs to inspire
35:07 – Inclusion in the energy workforce
39:25 – A magic solution to workforce shortage
42:22 – The value of NABCEP certification
47:50 – The next generation of solar PV instructors
Rise Up Podcast Live Event!
Attend the Rise Up Live Event at The 2023 Energy Fair! Hear from guests of the Season 4 Rise Up Podcast. Tickets are on sale now. The Energy Fair takes place June 23-25, at MREA in Custer, WI.
Address: 7558 Deer Rd. Custer, WI 54423
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