Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque and Northeast Iowa Community College’s Business and Community Solutions division are partnering together to provide job training for future solar installers. The initiative, which was driven by Eagle Point Solar, creates a solar installer certificate program for students interested in the field of solar technology.
The first two-week training session was held from February 19-March 2, and students completed classes in OSHA 10-Hour construction, solar basics, basic electricity and photovoltaic (PV) systems, with NICC instructors covering these areas. Eagle Point Solar’s Joe Petsche, vice president of construction and engineering, and Matt Shear, service director, trained students in PV system build/construction, PV system service, fork truck, and Genie lift training, and a PV system ground and roof field study tour The launch of the new training program proved successful, according to Randy Ambrosy, Eagle Point Solar vice president of operations.
The training partnership with the College arrives at a critical time when renewable energy installation and construction is booming in the Dubuque and the Tri-state area. Eagle Point Solar began the year with 30 employees and has quickly grown to 42 and predicts to double in size in 2018.
For more information about training options available in solar installation at Northeast Iowa Community College, contact Bellrichard at Bellrichardk@nicc.edu.