Neighborhood photo voltaic proprietor and operator Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) is partnering with 548 Enterprise (548), an end-to-end sustainable improvement firm, and Ecademy, a clear power profession faculty and Power52 firm, to develop a Sustainability Hub in West Aspect Chicago to coach over 10,000 native residents over the subsequent 10 years. The clear power coaching targets veterans, returning residents and highschool educated residents from underserved communities. Upon completion of the 13-week (450 hours) program, members can have the chance to finish their on-the-job coaching at considered one of SRE’s neighborhood photo voltaic tasks in Prepare dinner County, Ailing., in addition to different clear power tasks all through the state.
“I’m excited to take part within the clear power job coaching program with 548, Ecademy, and SRE. The 13-week program will fast-track my profession in a fast-growing trade and set me up with a good-paying job for years to come back,” says Chris Davis, a program participant and West Aspect Chicago resident. “The Sustainability Hub will assist carry 1000’s of good-paying jobs to the West Aspect and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Throughout an occasion held earlier in December in Chicago, 548 and Ecademy introduced their marketing campaign to boost $20 million to help curriculum improvement, program assets and credentialing companies for potential clear power professionals. SRE has dedicated $600,000 in seed capital over the subsequent two years to launch the trouble.
“Our $600,000 dedication acknowledges the necessity to spend money on staff on the entrance strains of the renewable power transition and demonstrates our firm’s mission to increase entry to wash applied sciences,” states Steve Raeder, CEO of SRE. “By empowering lots of of staff with the instruments wanted for a profitable and fulfilling profession in clear power, we’re additionally offering a sustainable stimulus to Illinois’ economic system.”
“Main this initiative is a logical subsequent step for 548 as we glance to increase our neighborhood influence,” provides A.J. Patton, managing accomplice and CEO of 548 Improvement. “And finally, with the ability to leverage the experience of SRE and Ecademy, to advance our mission of investing in underserved communities with renewable power will allow us to just do that.”
“We’re thrilled to increase our worldwide footprint by bringing clear power coaching to traditionally underserved communities proper right here in Chicago,” feedback Rob Wallace, president and CEO of Ecademy, and co-founder of Power52. “We look ahead to partnering with SRE and 548, to offer clear power coaching to arrange our graduates for a inexperienced profession. Not solely will the trainees come from these underserved communities, the graduates can be designing, establishing, and sustaining the photo voltaic options that may present clear, renewable, and secure energy to their communities. For the neighborhood by the neighborhood!”
The primary cohort of program members will start coaching in January of 2023.