California City Pilots Solar Thermal Local Labor Program


An initiative in Richmond, Calif., to pilot a solar thermal rebate program that utilizes locally trained labor passed unanimously at a recent city council meeting. The initiative was introduced by Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and co-sponsored by Vice Mayor Lopez and Councilmember Ritterman.

Solar Richmond, Richmond BUILD, Grid Alternatives and Solar Living Institute are working in partnership to provide top-notch training to Richmond residents. Richmond BUILD offers a 12-week program that includes seven weeks of pre-apprenticeship construction training and five weeks of solar instruction.

Heliodyne, a local solar thermal company, is working with the partnership to add solar thermal training to the curriculum. The initial pilot program will offer a $1,000 rebate per system for 25 rooftops.

SOUCE: Office Of Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin

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