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Developing the CleanTech workforce
We are in the early stages of a new shift to "clean" technologies-solar, wind, tidal, geothermal , and biomass, and the practical implementations of these sustainable energies. Many regions of the country are attempting to establish centers of expertise. To participate in this broad technological shift, Louisiana needs to build a foundation of innovation, create access to intellectual capital and funding, and an inherent willingness to risk failure in the pursuit of greater success.
The key ingredient in ensuring Louisiana's ability to be a key leader in this globally acknowledged "next big thing" is a workforce that has the opportunity to adapt to the industry's current and future needs.
Because it is widely anticipated that "cleantech" is the next technological focus, it is essential that the collection of industries that are central to this broad sector have the qualified workforce they need to achieve their collective goals. As with other parts of the country, Louisiana will have a need for its share of technicians and installers-perhaps disproportionately more, given the fact that the Louisiana's residents are rebuilding after the recent disasters and now have broad exposure to cutting-edge clean technologies and might be more open to implementing new products and practices.
It is also important to focus on the local economic value of growing these jobs in the region and utilizing local talent. As pointed out in many recent studies, across America, there has been a steady decline in the percentage and number of jobs that provide self-sufficient, middle-class incomes. By supporting local programs for local industries, such as solar power, we provide an opportunity for those seeking self-sufficiency and foster new job growth in value-added occupations that are likely to stay in the region.
La CleanTech proposes to conduct a labor market study of renewable energy industries in Louisiana to learn more about area companies and their specific workforce needs and to better understand the occupations within these industries. The project will be conducted through a combination of quantitative data research of existing sources and in-depth interviews with company representatives and individuals working in the field.
We will also offer solar energy installer training programs, which will include continuing education programs in conjunction with Louisiana Technical Colleges and will also include local area apprenticeship models. We will focus on the transferable skills necessary to transition into a career in alternative energy at all levels, from installer to project manager; however, it will also be of benefit to new entrants to the workforce.
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What is Clean Technology ?
New Orleans is named as a DOE Solar American City. La CleanTech spearheads the effort to build the New Orleans Solar City team with The NO office of Recovery Management, FutureProof, Green Coast Enterprises, Alliance for Affordable Energy, and Global Green..read more
La Clean Tech is offering Solar Energy Installation training classes around the state, and is working with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to begin a Solar Training program.
LA Senator Nick Gautreaux was presented with an award for his dedication to passing the Louisiana Tax Credit. La Clean Tech Network credits Mr. Gautreaux with being the "Father of the Solar Industry" in Louisiana...read more
Southern Building Institute is formed by La CleanTech along with Louisiana based building professionals and teams up with Texas A&M to apply for DOE Build America grant.
Global Green Holy Cross Project partners with La CleanTech to begin workforce development program for Solar Installers during installation of 5kW solar electric system in the ninth ward...read more .
Louisiana Economic Development office and La CleanTech are working towards getting Solar PV manufacturere to locate a 175MW a year plant to locate in New Orleans to produce state of the art solar systems.
Louisiana Louisiana CleanTech Network is a Louisiana non-profit corporation.
We are currently applying for 501(c)3 status.
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