SunEdison Inc. and nonprofit installer GRID Alternatives have launched RISE, a two-year initiative to connect the solar sector's demand for skilled workers with communities that need jobs.
Building on a 2014 SunEdison and GRID Alternatives partnership to bring more women into the solar sector, the RISE initiative will provide underserved communities with solar job training and job placement through GRID Alternatives' workforce development program.
SunEdison has made a $5 million contribution to the effort in funding and solar panels.
The RISE initiative plans to provide hands-on training and real-world solar installation experience to over 4,000 people across the U.S. In addition, the initiative aims to connect job trainees with solar companies looking for skilled workers.
As part of the initiative, GRID Alternatives will provide 40 individuals with one-year paid fellowships through its SolarCorps program. SunEdison employees will donate over 2,000 hours of their time installing solar systems for low-income families and supporting job-readiness for trainees.
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