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Obama Pushes Expanding Solar Jobs Program to Train Veterans

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on clean energy after a tour of a solar power array at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 03 Apr 2015 02:59 PM

President Barack Obama is pushing to expand a jobs program aimed at training veterans in the solar power industry.

Obama was traveling to Hill Air Force Base in Utah Friday to push his proposal to increase training for 75,000 workers, which includes veterans, to be able to begin jobs in the solar industry by 2020, The Washington Post is reporting.

This is a significant increase from when the program was first introduced in May 2014 and the goal was to train 25,000 workers.

The Department of Energy will work in conjunction with the the Department of Defense to implement the Solar Ready Vets program, which will establish the training program at "10 military bases across the country, including at Hill Air Force Base in Utah," according to a White House fact sheet on the program.

Other bases involved in the program include Camp Pendleton in California, Fort Carson in Colorado, and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

Deputy special assistant to the president for energy and climate change Dan Utech said that "programs like DOE’s Solar Ready Vets achieve many important goals: creating jobs, bolstering energy security, cutting carbon pollution and combating climate change," according to The Hill.

According to Utech, job growth in the solar industry is 10 times faster than other sectors of the economy. Most of the needed positions are construction and installation jobs.

The Solar Instructor Training Network also trains workers through community colleges across the country.

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