Business Growth

Competing for Solar Talent in 2023

by Keith Cronin and 2 others • Last updated 11/2022

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97 students
1 module
1:01 hours
9 assignments

Course description

Having trouble finding enough talented workers for your growing solar business? Have employees quit or gone to work for a competitor? Your customers are ready to go, but your projects are delayed due to staffing shortages. This free course is for you.

With so many new opportunities coming with the Inflation Reduction Act, also comes a big challenge – finding and training enough workers to get it done. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president Abigail Ross Hopper said that SEIA expects the solar and energy storage workforce will quadruple from the current number of solar energy workers of around 250,000. With a tight labor market, solar companies will need to set themselves apart to attract and retain top talent to their teams.

This course includes presentations from the panelists, followed by a recording of the live audience Q&A.

This event is the second in a three-part, "2023 Solar Leadership and Business Development Webinar Series", taught by the instructors of the Solar Executive MBA training program. You can register for the full series for free here: "2023 Solar Leadership and Business Development Webinar Series"

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Competing for Solar Talent

  • Introduction - Brian Hayden and Keith Cronin (02:19 minutes)
  • ReVision Energy - Vaughan Woodruff (18:00 minutes)
  • Namaste Solar - Alyssa Soares (10:39 minutes)
  • Q&A: Do the licensing certification bodies in your area accept solar hours? (05:14 minutes)
  • Q&A: How many people are on the training team? + What financial support do you have subsidizing the training? (07:13 minutes)
  • Q&A: What new jobs will be growing? + How are you sharing your apprenticeship model with other companies? (07:48 minutes)
  • Q&A: Final Lightning Round of Quick Questions (10:32 minutes)


Keith Cronin

SunHedge LLC

Keith Cronin is an in-demand business consultant. He has helped solar companies achieve their goals through his perspective, recruiting, coaching sessions and products. After his company was acquired by SunEdison, he decided to help people and serve others in Hawaii and across the globe. After his tenure with SunEdison, he founded SunHedge. SunHedge assists small... Learn more

Vaughan Woodruff

ReVision Energy

Vaughan (he/him) is the director of the ReVision Energy Training Center , ReVision's innovative workforce development arm. He joined us in early 2021 when ReVision joined forces with Insource Renewables, the company Vaughan founded and ran. Like ReVision, Insource was a worker-owned B Corp and had led statewide efforts to shape solar policy in Maine. Vaughan's... Learn more

Alyssa Soares

Co-Owner // Residential Training Coordinator, Namaste Solar

Alyssa Soares has been involved with renewable energy at Namaste Solar for the past 5 years. They've held a variety of positions; from entry-level Residential install to hiring and onboarding to their latest role developing and overseeing a training curriculum for Residential apprentices. They also have a passion for diverse business structures. Prior to Namaste Solar,... Learn more


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