The Florida Department of Corrections has been awarded a $740,000 federal grant to establish a technology program to train inmates nearing release to become certified in photovoltaic system installation. The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice as part of the Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles.
The department's Teaching and Enhancing Careers in High technology program will be established at Sago Palm Work Camp in Palm Beach County.
The department will partner with a fully licensed and accredited technical center in the Palm Beach area to provide solar PV system training, leading to inmates earning a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certificate prior to release. Training will include a mobile training unit that houses a PV demonstration module so that inmates can gain hands-on experience.