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Solar Training and Careers

Residential Rooftops, and Community Solar
 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019  

6:00 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social             6:30 p.m. - Program

Mississippi Room at the Brooklyn Park Library

8500 West Broadway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

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As solar panels increased capacity for capturing the energy of the sun, the price of solar energy rapidly decreased. Many people from electric companies to homeowners have found that solar energy is the least costly form of energy. As a result, the solar industry is the fastest growing industry in our country and will need increasing numbers of workers.


Jamez Staples - Executive Director, Renewable Energy Partners


jamez staples workforce centerJamez Staples will speak on the training, jobs, and careers aspect of solar energy.  He has been working on the Regional Apprenticeship Training Center (RATC), a public-private partnership between public schools, cities along the Bottineau/Blue Line Light Rail Extension, Minnesota State community and technical colleges, trade and business groups.  It will provide tuition-free vocational training options for high school students, apprenticeships and internships in energy, technical, construction and emerging sustainability technologies.  The training center will be located in Minneapolis at 1112-1200 Plymouth Avenue.
 
The RATC is closely modeled on C-TECH, a highly successful program of vocational training in Rochester, which provided vocational training to about 10% of Rochester public school students in 2017 who received credits toward two-year Associate’s degrees. A focus for the RATC will be renewable energy, energy storage, smart grid, energy efficiency and related sustainable technology and construction fields, all of which will contribute to help cities reach their goal of 100% renewable energy.



Jan Hubbard - President, Minnesota Solar Industries Association (MnSEIA)

                       Principal, Natural Energy Solutions
 
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Jan Hubbard will cover solar energy from its users' perspective.  Users include a wide variety of organizations from cities, schools, religious centers, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to homeowners and renters.  His discussion will include residential rooftop and community solar energy and the Solar for Schools Bill which has wide support in the MN legislature.  Energy is the second largest cost for most schools in Minnesota.

In the solar energy industry for a decade, he currently consults on solar energy and energy storage systems and provides project development, design, business development, construction management, and project management services.  Jan is a 10 year board member of the MnSEIA whose members include solar manufacturers, educational and informational organizations, architects, engineers, law firms, companies, and individuals. 


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

 


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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