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 2012 U.S. Tour – Solar Power to the People 

AUSTIN, TX: “Based on today’s prices, solar has reached “grid parity”, which means that installing solar locks in current electricity prices for the next 20-30 years and beyond.” Says Cathy Redson, President of Austin, TX-based SolPowerPeople, Inc., a solar training company.

            “We’re on a mission to open the hearts and minds of Americans to the promise of abundant, free solar energy to empower businesses and homeowners across America,” Redson adds. Travelling to 17 cities in 17 states on their 2012 U.S. Solar Training Tour, Cathy and her partners, Richard Stovall and Ryan Doty will bring the SolPowerPeople Mobile Solar Training Accelerated Workshop to electricians, roofers, contractors, engineers, builders, interested in expanding their existing business to offer photovoltaic (PV) systems design and installation services. The course is focused on creating jobs and is also open to others interested in exploring a career in the solar industry.

SolPowerPeople will be in Santa Fe, NM 3/24 – 4/1Las Vegas, NV 4/14 – 4/22, Omaha, NE 4/28 – 5/6, Sioux Falls, SD 5/12 – 5/20, Kansas City, MO 6/9 – 17, Des Moines, IA 6/23 – 7/1, Minneapolis, MN 7/14 – 7/22, Chicago, IL 7/28 – 8/2, Indianapolis, IN 8/11 – 8/19, Nashville, TN 8/25 – 9/1, Richmond, VA 9/15 – 9/23, Washington, DC 9/29 – 10/6, Hartford, CT 10/13 – 10/21, Burlington, VT 10/27 – 11/3, Cleveland, OH 11/10 – 11/18, Charleston, WV 12/1 – 12/9, and endingin Louisville, KY 12/15 – 12/23/2012.

In each city, SolPowerPeople’s SPV2000/SPV3000 Accelerated PV Design & Installation Workshop has 60 seats available as two 4-day workshops; one offered over two consecutive weekends, and a second class that runs over 4 weekdays in between.  This 40-hour intensive course combines classroom interactive sessions with (5) hands on labs based on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Learning Objectives and the NABCEP PV Installer™ Job Task Analysis. The workshop immerses participants an engaging, exciting format so they “learn by doing” PV design, installation, and performance analysis using actual commercial-scale, state-of-the-art PV equipment. The emphasis is on applying concepts, formulas, best practices, and safety procedures, putting those with related skills and experience on a pathway to securing necessary PV credentials and experience necessary to go after projects designing and installing PV systems.

Solar equipment prices are in free-fall. Corporations like GE, Dupont, Google, and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway are investing in solar in a big way. Solar powerhouses like SolarCity, are creating jobs for people with a background in legal services, finance, sales, project management, communications and marketing, IT and software developmentSolPowerPeople Solar Training provides a comprehensive exposure to solar technology, PV markets and applications, as an excellent entry point into one of the nation’s fastest growing industries.

“By bringing our training right to the doorstep of local workers and businesses in a condensed format to minimize the disruption to their work schedules, we literally inject PV design & installation skills into the workforce, energizing the community with solar knowledge.  Harvesting this vast energy resource, increases the reliability of the electric grid by distributing small PV power plants throughout the utility service area, produces power at precisely the time of day most utilities are forced to buy power at a premium from peaking power plants, and increases our national security by reducing our dependence on unfriendly foreign sources of fossil fuels,” says Richard Stovall, CEO of SolPowerPeople.

In 2010 and 2011, the solar industry generated a $2 billion export surplus, created over 100,000 jobs, and saved Americans hundreds of thousands of dollars off of their energy bills. New methods of financing, rebates, tax credits, and investor-owned projects fueled a 64% increase in 2011 in the amount of installed solar capacity across the United States.

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