Solar Construction

Students work on a solar panel as part of the program. C4EE Solar Construction students complete the hands-on solar installation portion of the course.

The Center for Energy Education, in partnership with BayWa r.e. will graduate 95 residents from Halifax and Edgecombe counties from its second Solar Installation and OSHA Training class.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, will be the commencement speaker during the ceremony set for 10 a.m. Dec. 7 on the Center for Energy Education campus at 460 Airport Road in Roanoke Rapids.

The Center for Energy Education is committed to being a center for renewable energy research, education and workforce development for the eastern United States. The Center provides a place to raise awareness for renewable energy and its importance locally, regionally and globally.

This course is made available to local residents thanks to the generosity of BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, based in Irvine, Calif. BayWa r.e. is a global renewable energy developer, service supplier, wholesaler, and energy solutions provider.

Globally, BayWa r.e. has brought over 2.5 GW of energy online, while managing over 7 GW of assets. As part of its development efforts, BayWa r.e. is committed to leaving a positive impact on project communities through education and workforce training.

The training opportunity targeted residents who are unemployed, underemployed, and needing a second chance. The Center for Energy Education will graduate military veterans looking to work in the solar industry as well. With this training, it is anticipated that Center for Energy Education graduates will receive first consideration for hire at local solar project sites.

Through the partnership with solar industry professionals, the Center for Energy Education can connect and engage community members with opportunities that upcoming solar projects bring to their areas.

Each graduate has received an invitation to interview with Wood, the construction company that is leading projects in Halifax and Edgecombe counties.

After completing the class, each student receives an OSHA 10 Certification card, safety equipment and a Certificate of Course Completion.