11/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/13/2019 10:45
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RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 13, 2019/PRNewswire / -- From solar panel installers to wind turbine inspectors, Dominion Energy is helping create a clean-energy workforce in Virginia.
Dominion Energy is one of 20 organizations that joined forces to launch SHINE - Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence - which trains solar installers at Southside Virginia Community Collegeand maximizes local talent to meet the growing demand for clean-energy jobs. The inaugural class recently graduated, and the hands-on training program will link graduates with potential employers in the solar energy field. The next group of students began training this week.
The program is one of several ways Dominion Energy is investing in workforce development, as clean-energy jobs become a more and more important part of Virginia'seconomy. Solar jobs alone nearly doubled from 2015 to 2018, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, which recently ranked the Commonwealth 7th in the nation for future solar growth. Offshore wind development could create up to 37,000 jobs in Virginia, according to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
'We have a strong history of creating job opportunities across Virginia. Many of those jobs now support the Commonwealth's transition to a clean-energy future,' said Matt Kellam, military and recruitment program coordinator at Dominion Energy. Kellam is a veteran of the United StatesMarine Corps Reserves and chairperson of the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium. 'As we continue to build wind and solar projects, we are also creating new opportunities for workers in Virginia.'
Dominion Energy, which recently announced the largest commercial offshore wind project in the U.S., has committed to having 3,000 megawatts of solar and wind energy in operation or under development in Virginiaby 2022. That's enough to power 750,000 homes. As energy sources evolve, so do the skills needed to support them. Among other things, Dominion Energy is helping to develop the future workforce by:
Dominion Energy also is developing initiatives to retrain existing employees, as it maps a balanced, reliable and cost-effective approach to a clean energy future. The company is evaluating existing skill sets, identifying new skill sets needed to support its clean energy investments, and determining if any training and development opportunities are needed for employees to be prepared for the jobs of the future.
To learn more about career opportunities at Dominion Energy visit: https://careers.dominionenergy.com/
About Dominion Energy
Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with more than $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. The company expects to cut generating fleet carbon dioxide emissions 55 percent by 2030 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 percent by 2030. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.
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